Bold steps towards transformation not appreciated - Motsoeneng

2016-10-02 18:32
Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Picture: City Press)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Picture: City Press)

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Cape Town - Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng in an open letter on Sunday said his "bold and uncompromising steps" toward transformation in the broadcasting industry had attracted critics and supporters and was not appreciated by those outside the public broadcaster.  

"It is not debatable that I have championed transformation in and out of the SABC in an attempt to create equity. I have radically implemented gender equality in the [executive committee]," he wrote.

In his letter, in which he calls for the "politically motivated assault on [his] Constitutional rights" to end, Motsoeneng said he was aware that his transformation efforts were "not appreciated by many outside the organization who selfishly continue benefiting from these ever green supply arrangements".

He pointed out that he had initiated the 90% local music initiative to empower local artists as well as the 80% local content rule across the public broadcaster’s TV channels.

"I've enforced the supply of local content by emerging production houses and, more importantly, those owned by persons with disabilities. I'll continue to drive the transformation of supply of IT infrastructure to bring black suppliers in the fold. I have also advocated for all languages to be treated equally on all the SABC platforms," he said.

Freelancers' employment contracts were also extended from one to three years, and those who work more than 40 hours per week are now permanently employed, Motsoeneng wrote.

"I have engaged academia and have presented lectures on leadership and transformation in business schools, for example [the] University of Witwatersrand, Regenesys and the University of Limpopo," he said.

"Parts of my public lectures were incorporated in the curriculum as a Professional Certificate in Government Communications and Marketing by the Wits School of Governance."

Motsoeneng said "exceptional circumstances" had prompted him to write the open letter.

This was after the ANC's chief whip in Parliament, Jackson Mthembu, was quoted by City Press as saying that the public broadcaster's current board was likely to be dissolved following its decision to reappoint Motsoeneng in an executive post.

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