SABC appoints new group chief executive

2009-12-16 10:30

The SABC has appointed former Telkom Media chief content officer

Solly Mokoetle as its group chief executive officer, it said in a statement on


“The decision to appoint Mokoetle was based on his experience and a

proven track record during the time the SABC was profitable, making him the most

suitable candidate,” the broadcaster’s interim board chairperson, Irene

Charnley, said.

“The board is confident that his appointment will provide the

required leadership to turn around the SABC while maintaining public

broadcasting mandate.”

Mokoetle, who was the SABC’s chief operations officer between 2001

and December 2006, takes up office from January 1 on a five-year contract. His

appointment followed a R11 million settlement by the broadcaster to former chief

executive Dali Mpofu in August.

Charnley said the process of replacing Mpofu was started by the

previous board, and that it had shortlisted candidates for the position. When

the interim board took over, it re-advertised the position “for the sake of

transparency”. The interim board recommended Mokoetle to Communications Minister

Siphiwe Nyanda following an intensive interviewing process.

Mokoetle left the SABC in December 2006 following a 12-year stint

there. He started working at the SABC in 1994 on his return from exile as one of

the team of executives assigned to transform the SABC from state broadcaster to

a “true national public broadcaster”.

“He performed various leadership functions within the radio and

television services and ended up as chief operations officer from 2001 until

December 2006,” Charnley said.

The Communications Workers Union at the SABC welcomed Mokoetle’s

appointment. “The union has a strong belief that with the experience, the

knowledge and passion for the institution, Mokoetle will be able to turn the

SABC around,” said spokesperson Mimi Lushaba.

“The union also believes Mokoetle will pay attention to current

concerns ... about the content of the auditor general’s report, which has

pointed to huge problems in the running of the SABC,” she said.

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