SABC statement on the appoinment of GE: News and Current Affairs

2010-05-20 14:46

In line with the stated objectives of the  SABC Board, when it took office in January 2010, to fill key vacant positions, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) today announces the appointment of Mr Phil Molefe as the corporation’s Group Executive: News and Current Affairs,  for a period of five years effective from  1st June 2010.

Mr Molefe’s appointment as the successful candidate to head the SABC News and Current Affairs Division follows a lengthy process of selection and short listing that was commenced by the Interim Board in August 2009 but was not finalised when its short term ended in early January 2010.

In order to ensure further transparency the new SABC Board reopened the appointment process by re-advertising the vacancy for another two weeks at the end of March 2010.  The name of Phil Molefe emerged as the successful candidate for the position from a short list that was conducted by a panel of Board members.

“The Board and I are happy that this matter has been brought to finality as promised, as this was a key vacant position that needed to be filled in order to stabilise the corporation. The appointment of Mr. Molefe will go a long way in moving the News and Current Affairs division forward.” said Mr. Solly Mokoetle, SABC GCEO.

The decision to appoint Mr. Molefe was based on his more than 25 years experience in news and current affairs broadcasting at an executive and senior editorial level. He was currently the GM: International Affairs and also Acting GE: News and Current Affairs since the post became vacant in 2009. Mr. Molefe has also previously served as Head: TV News and Current Affairs, Head: SABC Africa and Political Editor.

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