SABC board hearings hit Joburg: Who’s who on day four

2013-08-27 11:00

The SABC board interviews start up again today after 22 of 36 short-listed candidates appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications in Cape Town last week.

The committee decided to travel to Joburg to conclude the interviews because the bulk of the remaining 14 candidates live in Gauteng.

The final session last week ended with Cope MP Juli Kilian walking out of the proceedings in defiance, saying that the chair was suppressing her questions.

The committee has engaged in lively interrogation of candidates and Kilian had been questioning an interim board member.

The chair of the SABC’s current interim board is, in fact, first up today and will no doubt also be asked about the state of the broadcaster and not just her vision for the board.

Another SABC insider Charlotte Mampane will appear towards the end of the day. She resigned from the SABC amid an eavesdropping scandal and is known to oppose the appointment of controversial current acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

City Press is covering the interviews in partnership with the SOS coalition, a civil society body working for a thriving public broadcaster.

Zandile Ellen Tshabalala

If corporate governance is what the committee is looking for, then Ellen Tshabalala is sold as an expert.

The chair of the current interim board is an expert on boards.

She’s a strategic management consultant and President Zuma’s black economic empowerment adviser.

She holds qualifications in banking, labour relations and engineering business management.

A past pupil of the historic Ohlange High School in KwaZulu-Natal, Tshabalala is today chair of IKU Capital and nonexecutive chair of H&M Mining.

She has held various positions in the financial-services sector.

With a banking diploma and a BCom in industrial psychology and economics, Tshabalala began work at the Standard Bank Group in the 1980s, where she was an assistant manager.

That was followed by a six-year term as a senior manager at the National Ports Authority.

She headed up the international business unit of the SA Post Office and has also consulted for Transnet, later serving on the board of the parastatal.

She has served as chair of the council at the Durban University of Technology.

Tshabalala currently serves as a nonexecutive on various boards, including that of the Moral Regeneration Movement.

Krish Naidoo

One of several candidates bringing their legal expertise to the table is attorney Krish Naidoo.

He does not appear to have specialist broadcast experience.

Naidoo has walked a long path with the ANC.

He was a frequent legal representative for the United Democratic Front in the 1980s and had his office “cleaned out” by security police in exchange.

In 1988 he was attorney for the Mandela 70 Committee, coordinating events around the jailed leader’s birthday. Between 1987 and 1989 he represented Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

In 1994 he declined the ANC’s offer to become an MP or ambassador in order to focus on law, working for Armscor.

Last year, Naidoo arrived at Rosebank Police Station to represent Louis Mabokela, one of the men who defaced Brett Murray’s satirical painting The Spear.

He acted for the ANC against a group of disgruntled members at the time of the Mangaung conference.

Naidoo was born in Durban.

After working as a technician for seven years, he was accepted into the law faculty of the University of Durban Westville, where he became involved in student politics.

Krish Naidoo Attorneys and Conveyancers was established in 1985 in Fordsburg, Johannesburg.

Thulani Tshefuta

Another youth leader short-listed for the SABC board is Thulani Tshefuta, president of the SA Youth Council (SAYC).

Tshefuta was born and raised in Cradock in the Eastern Cape.

He matriculated in 1997 and attended university in Port Elizabeth.

He moved to Johannesburg, becoming a youth organiser and the programmes unit manager in the Gauteng youth unit.

He has served on numerous youth councils and bodies and was a representative of the SA National Aids Council’s youth sector.

The SAYC, established in 1997, is a civil society umbrella body for South African youth organisations. It stresses its autonomy.

In the past, Tshefuta has spoken out against disruptive Julius Malema-aligned ANC Youth League activity and has criticised the process of appointments to the National Youth Development Agency and the “politicisation” of the body.

The SAYC’s aim is “to ensure participation of young people in national development and reconstruction” and there is no doubt that the SABC also needs to listen to youth voices. Whether Tshefuta has any knowledge of broadcasting or experience as a board member remains to be seen.

Theodore Mncedisi Jordan

Professor Mncedisi Jordan is a professor of accounting at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha. He writes occasional opinion pieces for newspapers in the Eastern Cape and is credited with academic publications, often focusing on indigenous knowledge.

It appears Jordan was chief executive of the KwaZulu-Natal Gambling Board in 2002.

After that he served as accountant-general of the Eastern Cape Treasury.

Reports state that he was investigated by the Joint Anti-Corruption Task Team for using two identity numbers after financial trouble.

It appears he is an ardent lover of isiXhosa language and culture. Professor Jordan was joint winner of the 2010 Pan SA Language Board’s annual multilingualism awards in the isiXhosa written and oral literature category.

Leah Khumalo

Practising attorney Leah Khumalo is the founder and managing director of Durban-based legal firm Mngoma-Mlaba & Khumalo. Her online biography states that Khumalo has “extensive experience and advanced knowledge in drafting and interpreting legislation as well as execution of litigation”.

A nonexecutive director on the board of Sentech, in 2010 Khumalo was appointed as acting chair of the state-owned broadcasting signal distributor by then minister of communications Roy Padayachee.

Sentech, of course, is a core player in the broadcasting landscape and is a key player in the digital switchover that the new SABC board will needsto focus on.

Johannes Jacobus Rossouw

Professor JJ “Jannie” Rossouw spent the bulk of his career at the SA Reserve Bank, where he was head of currency management.

Rossouw began his career as a lecturer at Unisa in 1979 and left in 1983 for the private sector.

According to the university’s website the C2-rated researcher is back at the department of economics in the College of Economic and Management Sciences to conduct economic research.

For 25 years he was a part-time lecturer in the economics department of his alma mater, the University of Pretoria.

Born in Stellenbosch, he was awarded his PhD by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2008.

He is widely published and a frequent guest on radio. He is a member of the Economic Society of SA and a member of the Board of the Afrikaans Language Museum.

Charlotte Mampane

Thabang Charlotte Christine Mampane is the CEO of the National Lotteries Board, the largest funder of arts and culture in the country.

Mampane is not new to broadcasting nor the SABC and should make for one of the more colourful interviews the committee will conduct for the new SABC board.

Mampane began her lucrative career at the public broadcaster in 1983 as a junior announcer on Radio Setswana and went on to become acting COO.

After short stints at Telkom as audiovisual manager and as special adviser to the Independent Broadcasting Authority’s CEO, she returned to SABC radio as a general manager.

She was subsequently appointed as CEO for radio and then went on to become the head of regional radio and television.

In 2008, Mampane was appointed as acting COO until she resigned following acrimony between the SABC Board and executive management and she was found eavesdropping on a board meeting.

Kimberley-born Mampane has a master’s degree in management from Wits University.

She has served on a number of boards including Astral Foods, Nemisa and the National Film and Video Foundation.

Last year she was among a list of complainants opposing the appointment of controversial current acting COO at the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Rachel Kalidass

The committee has provided the name Rachel Kadilaas as being on the short list for the board. She does not appear to exist and CVs of candidates have not been made publicly available.

The candidate is most likely Mpumalanga auditor Rachel Kalidass. A chartered accountant, she is managing director of R Kalidass and Associates, accountants and business consultants.

Kalidass is a member of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board and serves on the board of the National Library of SA.

She is former chair of the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (Mega), all of whose board members except Kalidass took action against the province after they were relieved of their duties.

She is chair of the audit committee of Mpumalanga’s department of culture, sport and recreation and has chaired audit committees for numerous public sector organisations.

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