Hlaudi overrules SABC decision

2016-07-13 06:00

SABC BOSS Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167 million contract for Uzalo, a television drama produced by a company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, the Sunday Times reported.

The show was meant to be a limited season “telenova” at a cost of R50,5 million. A review panel met in April last year to discuss Stained Glass Productions’ proposal to extend the contract for another three years.

There would be four seasons of 13 episodes a year produced by the company co-owned by Zuma-Ncube and Kobedi “Pepsi” Pokane.

The panel’s concerns reportedly included the lack of a business plan, a budget ten times greater than what is usually needed to produce a 13-part series and problems with “writing, aesthetics and delivery” in the first season.

An unnamed panel member said when Zuma-Ncube had heard there was no second season, she and Pokane had complained to Motsoeneng and the decision had been reversed. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirmed that Motsoeneng had overruled the decision, but would not discuss contractual issues in public.

“The SABC can confirm that the COO overruled the decision not to renew Uzalo, based on performance in its genre and growth in revenue,” said Kganyago.

He added that Motsoeneng had met with production companies from time to time.

Zuma-Ncube referred a request for comment to Pokane, who denied that they had complained to Motsoeneng. – News24

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