Four new SABC board members chosen

2011-03-01 16:34

Cape Town - Parliament's communications portfolio committee on Tuesday recommended four new appointees for the SA Broadcasting Corporation's board.

Those whose names will now go to the National Assembly for approval are:

- Safcol senior executive Dr Sethe Makesha;

- businessman John Danana;

- advocate and business consultant Cawekazi Mahlati; and,

- Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO Lumke Mtimde.

The appointments are replacements for former SABC board deputy chair Felleng Sekha, and members Barbara Masekela, David Niddrie, and Makgatho Mello, who all resigned last year.


In a statement on Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance said it had concerns about the nomination of Mtimde.

"We must voice our strong concerns over the nomination of ANC and SACP member, Lumko Mtimde, a candidate greatly supported by the ANC Youth League and steamrolled [sic] into this nomination by the ANC despite strong objections over his compromised record on media freedom," DA communications spokesperson Natasha Michael said in a statement.

In a column on the ANC's website last year, Mtimde welcomed the ruling party's mooted Media Appeals Tribunal, saying the country "should welcome the proposal and debate its modality such that the outcome serves the intended objectives".

Michael said it was "inappropriate" for someone who was in favour of a body that "shuts down and regulates expression and speech" to be appointed to the SABC board.

"The public broadcaster should be mandated to relay all information and news accurately and fairly, without any fear of state censorship.

"On these grounds, the nomination of Mr Mtimde by an ANC majority vote seems counter-productive, especially given the currently hazardous state of the SABC and its reputation," she said.

However, her party was pleased with the nomination of Makhesha.

"If approved, we hope she will bring a sense of integrity and even-handedness to the board," she said.

  • Freddie - 2011-03-01 16:56

    Spot the affirmative... oh wait, they are ALL ANC cadre deployee affirmatives. Affirmatives... what an oxymoron, should be called negatives.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-01 17:21

    Some other comrade due for a ride on the gravy train funded by the taxpayers.....will this ever stop?

  • n s - 2011-03-01 17:45

    so much for better tv. And BEE is really great initiative, but at some point its simply going to be apartheid. Instead of the signs in parks and public toilets it is now above the doors of businesses because it would be a lie that they couldn't find equel/better skills among other races. Lay the gravy on nice and thick.

  • kylespobox - 2011-03-01 20:57

    new year new stokvel...doesnt change anything...sabc is a joke,even in the townships their are dishes on more and more shacks.i dont know why we cant do away with sabc ...e tv is quiet capable of running free tv...i hope if this lot mess things up they dont have to be bought out of contracts...i wonder if its ever been worked out how much money could have gone to poverty relief instead of paying off incompotent directors of sabc,eskom,telkom and saa ect...job decription:must be unskilled ,must be able to secure goverment funding (bale out) within one year,must be able to continue the tradition of stuffing it up pay:huge salary enormous bonus and very good UIF payout...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-01 23:17

    Board members!? A few 2010 matriculants will be able to run the SABC. Press 1 for advertisements. Press 2 for repeats. Press 3 for ANC propaganda. Press 4 for technical problem.

  • MasterMind - 2011-03-02 08:40

    I say useless you say CADRES - Useless..... !!!!!

  • Nndavhe - 2011-03-10 08:04

    big ups to my sister Dr makhesha sp.u vhala bugu zwia thusa and vhafumakadzi vhanzhi vha tshe vho themba vhanna uri vha vhashumele.vhathu khari vhale bugu ngauri ndi ifa wee.

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