Varsity-qualified staffers drain SABC – Hlaudi Motsoeneng

2014-02-06 14:31

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People with university qualifications are a drain on their colleagues at the SABC, says chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“Your degrees can’t work for you. You need experience to do the work. When these people come with their degrees, they drain the same people [who are skilled but don’t have degrees],” said Motsoeneng after he addressed the media at a press briefing in Joburg today.

Motsoeneng, along with members of the SABC board, held a media briefing to discuss the results of a skills audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which found executives and senior managers at the SABC lacking in strategic thinking skills.

Motsoeneng, who was previously accused of lying about having a matric in order to gain a senior position at the SABC, said the tests conducted by PWC were not “real tests”.

Group Executive for Human Capital Services Jabulani Mabaso supported Motsoeneng’s claims, arguing that the tests did not meet international standards of testing the ability of an organisation to function.

“When people recruit people they do a variety of methods to determine the suitability of the person. They do an interview, psychometric tests and a presentation. But at the SABC, we are treated differently. As if a competency assessment is the only way to judge a person,” he said.

The report found only 47% of participants surveyed had either a diploma or a certificate as their highest qualification. But it also revealed that a number of the respondents had received qualifications from institutions that were not accredited.

Mabaso said being a victim of bogus colleges was a typical South African problem and wasn’t specific to the national broadcaster.

Mbulaheni Maguvhe, deputy chairperson of the SABC board, called the report archaic and claimed many changes had been made at the SABC since the audit was conducted.

“The report was done almost two years ago. Things didn’t stand still since then. We have appointed six group executives, but because the report was compiled by another company we could not doctor the report before it was submitted to Parliament,” he said.

Maguvhe said the SABC planned to do a post-mortem of the report and interrogate whether it was valid.

» Channel24 reports the PWC audit found that a finance administrator at the SABC had a diploma in beauty therapy – one of many cases where SABC staffers worked in departments not related to their qualifications or had qualifications that were “not authentic” or “incomplete”.

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