SABC board: Committee agrees on 36 names for interviews

2017-08-22 16:02
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Cape Town - Parliament's portfolio committee on communications has shortlisted 36 names to be called in for parliamentary interviews for a position on the permanent SABC board.

The candidates will be interviewed over three days, on August 29, 30 and September 1.

All five of the SABC interim board members have made it to the list. Their term as interim members will end on September 26.

They are interim chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama, deputy Mathatha Tsedu, Krish Naidoo, John Matisson and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

The other 31 candidates to be called in for interviews include:

6. Ms Nomvuyiso Batyi
7. Ms Rachel Kalidass
8. Mr Thabiso Ratsomo
9. Mr Rufus Dzuguda Kharidzha
10. Mr Michael Markovitz
11. Mr William Currie
12. Mr Sandile Kama
13. Dr Deenadaylen Konar
14. Ms Harriet Meier
15. Ms Dawn Earp
16. Mr Michael Bauer
17. Judge Chris Greenland
18. Mr Desmond Golding
19. Mr Manaka Mathumo
20. Mr Victor Rambau
21. Mr Tshifhiwa Khorommbi
22. Mr Mcebo Khumalo
23. Ms Seipati Khumalo
24. Dr Thidziambi Nethengwe
25. Ms Cikizwa Dingi
26. Ms Louise Vale
27. Mr Yaasir Haffejee
28. Mr Kwanele Gumbi
29. Mr Jack Devnarian
30. Mr Bongumusa Makhathini
31. Mr Nkosana Mbokane
32. Mr Michael Sass
33. Mr Jim Matsho
34. Mr Jack Phahlane
35. Mr Dinkwanyane Mohuba
36. Ms Leanne Govindsamy

Following a relatively smooth process, MPs found themselves arguing about candidate 12, Sandile Kama.

The African National Congress was adamant that Kama's name was placed on the original shortlist of 20 before the lunch break, but it had fallen through the cracks in capturing.

Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis objected, saying Kama was not a "common candidate", a candidate agreed to by more than just one party. He also questioned Kama's qualifications and work experience, holding only a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was more diplomatic, claiming, "If this is the quality of the ANC candidates, no problem. Bring him to Parliament. Let him be interviewed," he said with a smile, suggesting he would not have an easy interview.

In the end, his name was added to the list.

For the final 16 candidates to be approved after lunch, the ANC wanted Khoroba, Mcebo Khumalo, Seipati Khumalo, Nethengwe, Dingi, Vale, Haffajee and Gumbi to be added.

The DA opted for Devnarian, Makhathini, Mbokane, Sass and Matsho.

The EFF chose Phahlane and Mohuba.

Congress of the People MP Willie Madisha, who was representing the remaining "smaller parties", chose Leanne Govindsamy as the 36th name.

Govindsamy though was already added in an earlier round, and thus Kama took the final place.

A final set of names will need to be agreed to by the committee following the interviews. 

The names will then need to be passed in a motion by the National Assembly, and approved by President Jacob Zuma by the September 26 deadline.

The SABC board may have a maximum of 12 non-executive members, including a chairperson and deputy, and three executive members - the chief executive, and financial and operations officers.

It needs at least nine members, including either the chairperson or deputy, to form a quorum.

When approved by the president, the board will serve for a maximum term of five years.

After the meeting, committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana said he was happy with the gender and racial representation of the candidates.

Members of the public have five working days to comment on the names. Comments should be directed to committee secretary Mr Thembinkosi Ngoma at Second Floor, 90 Plain Street, Cape Town, 8000 or on email: tngoma@parliament.gov.za. He can be contacted on 021 403 3733 or 083 709 8407 for more information.

The CVs of all the candidates will also be published on Parliament's website.

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