SABC board happy with matric-less boss

2011-11-17 14:18

The SABC board is happy with its controversial acting chief executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng – despite him holding the public broadcaster’s most senior position without a matric certificate.

Board member Dr Patricia Makhesha said it was not about education as Motsoeneng was experienced, could do the work and was the public broadcaster’s hardest working executive.

“He has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has the skills,” said Makhesha at a press conference this morning.

Motsoeneng was appointed acting chief operations officer after a special board meeting on Monday.

Because acting chief executive Phil Molefe is away on official business, Motsoeneng was the next senior person line to take of the reins.

At the press conference, Makhesha also announced that the chief executive position would be re-advertised and that the SABC would make a recommendation to Communications Minister Dina Pule by December 20.

The chief financial officer position will also be advertised. It has been vacant since Robin Nicholson was appointed acting chief executive before his contract expired in June.

The public broadcaster is also looking for a chief technology officer after its highest-paid executive Richard Waghorn left in June.

Motsoeneng has been an SABC employee since landing a job as a Bloemfontein-based trainee journalist in 1995 without having passed matric.

He later became a current affairs executive producer at Lesedi FM in 2003 and SABC regional editor.

Last year, Motsoeneng was appointed group executive for stakeholder relations and provinces.

Meanwhile, the SABC has also suspended an employee for irregularly entering into a R20 million fleet management contract with Debis Fleet Management.

Motsoeneng said the employee exceeded his delegation of authority and implicated others as well.

An investigation into the deal, which saw SABC staff getting luxury Mercedes-Benz sedans, continues, according to Motsoeneng.

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