SABC appoints Frans Matlala as new chief executive office

By Drum Digital
01 July 2015

Frans Matlala has been appointed as the SABC's new chief executive officer.

Frans Matlala has been appointed as the SABC's new chief executive officer, saying "I need to acknowledge the honour I've been given".

Frans Matlala, a consultant to the public broadcaster for project management and strategic advisory services, has been a keen supporter of the SABC's controversial and famously matric-less chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Fin24 reported.

Frans Matlala's held a number of senior executive positions at places such as Standard Bank, African Life SA, First National Bank and South African Breweries, and lists a graduate diploma in engineering, a B.Sc in chemistry and a M.Sc degree.

The appointment of Matlala comes almost a year and a half since Lulama Mokhobo abruptly quit in February 2014 after just 14 months into her five year contract without any explanation, Fin24 said further.

That left Hlaudi Motsoeneng in charge as the next highest ranking SABC executive, himself embroiled in litigation over his appointment and fingered in a scathing report from the Public Protector, implicating him in maladministration, corruption and abuse of power at the SABC.

Like Eskom, South African Airways (SAA) and the South African Post Office (Sapo), the SABC's new CEO faces a daunting and herculean task to try and rescue the struggling broadcaster, which came to the brink of financial collapse in 2009.

Source: Fin24

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