New SABC chief a 'surprise' choice

2012-01-17 18:45

Johannesburg - The appointment of Lulama Mokhobo as the SABC’s eighth chief executive since 2005, was "quite a surprise", according to the SABCs biggest union.

Mokhobo, the SABC’s first female chief executive, replaces news and current affairs head Phil Molefe, who held the position temporarily from July last year.

Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) president Hannes du Buisson described Mokhobo’s appointment as surprising, adding that she had never struck Bemawu as someone who would lead the SABC.

He said it was too early to tell how she would fare.

Mokhobo, who turns 57 in October, was previously the SABC’s public broadcasting services (PBS) executive responsible for television channels, SABC1 and SABC2 as well as 14 radio stations.

Du Buisson said PBS was underperforming during her tenure but an SABC source told City Press that Mokhobo had helped the public broadcaster reach radio figures of 66% audience share for the first time since the 2008/09 financial year by the end of July 2010.

Her departure in June 2010 created friction among SABC board members with some refusing to approve the appointment of her replacement, then SABC2 general manager Bessie Tugwana.

City Press reported in August 2010 that former board member Barbara Masekela refused to vote for Tugwana’s appointment, saying it would be dereliction of duty as a director to sign a decision that had not been motivated.

Mokhobo had been at the SABC for five years when she left.

She joined listed mining firm, Miranda Minerals, and became its chairperson in April last year until she resigned last week.

Among her most pressing challenges is stabilising the SABC, ensure that the turnaround strategy is implemented and to fill the vacant executive positions with suitable and qualified people, according to Du Buisson.

Last year, Molefe replaced another acting chief executive, Robin Nicholson, who was also the public broadcaster’s chief financial officer.

Solly Mokoetle also did not last long as he was removed early last year but not before a golden handshake of more than R3m was paid to him.

Before Mokoetle, axed former acting chief executive Gab Mampone occupied the office, having replaced lawyer Dali Mpofu, who left with a R14.1m golden handshake (including legal fees).

Mpofu had replaced Peter Matlare.

Controversial former radio talkshow producer Hlaudi Motsoeneng briefly held the reigns last year when Molefe was out of the country.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said his new boss had yet to report for duty and would only be available for interviews after meeting the public broadcaster’s staff.

  • George - 2012-01-17 19:23

    And the show goes on. The start of the next soap

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-17 20:15

      What a waste of money! Just think how many hungry people you can feed with those golden handshakes!!

      Barry - 2012-01-17 20:37

      Viva DSTV !

      Boer - 2012-01-18 00:13

      Ja and in the next six months you idiots will choose another looser. Damn ANC USELESS LOT.

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-17 19:31

    Oh my word. Here we go again. She will probably be given a golden handshake of (our) millions, within a couple of years. What are her most important qualifications? Black skin and ANC membership, not neccessarily in that order.

  • Themba Mbuyisa - 2012-01-17 19:37

    Congrats on winning the lotto Lulama. The 6 month waiting period from the suckers..... i mean taxer payers is a bit of a drag, but worth it.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-17 19:37

    I think that the religious people should pray for the SABC

  • Grant - 2012-01-17 19:38

    The gravy train still runeth over, 14 Mill hand shake for what, spewing out SABC crap and ANC propaganda, the new one just as bad and useless, wait and see... Corruption capital of the world :(

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-17 19:42

    Excellent! Lulama Mokhobo how does it feel to know that you will be replaced in the next (2005-2012=7/8= 8.7 months ) Ha ha ha ha. Shhhhtaaaapaaaat!!! I mean SABC!

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-01-17 20:12

    Lekker man lekker...

  • Max - 2012-01-17 20:29

    After 17 years of idiotic appointments in all government and semi-government institutions, how can anyone still be surprised by this?

  • Jus Tai - 2012-01-17 21:33

    South africa is growing accustomed to a high quality of tv programs production(american programmes),hope she see's the future n invest in our bright young idea bound economy rather than buying shows to fill up slots

  • Clive - 2012-01-17 21:51

    Just another ANC cadre deployment exercise, so why do we even bother to say it's a surprise?! No appointment to any state-run enterprise is based on merit, qualifications or ability, but only on loyalty to the ruling clique - and I say clique deliberately, rather than party.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-18 06:59

    couple of errors in this report especially paragraph 3.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-18 08:03

    "PBS was underperforming during her tenure", well that says it all.

  • Kabelo - 2012-01-18 08:20

    Dear SABC, Remember we have Dawn Mokhobo ( Dr Mokhobo's wife ) and Lulama Chakela who is Dawn's younger sister. Who of these two is the new SABC CEO? Is Lulama now married to Dr Mokhobo? Last night in the news, the picture was that of Lulama Chakela but she was referred to as Lulama Mokhobo. Please clarify this apparent confusion!!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 09:42

      There we go.... You dont get any better nepotism than that!

  • snylo - 2012-01-29 18:59

    What a circus!! They the biggest thieves of all! Who needs SABC anyway! Make SABC a subscriber service, as is with DSTV, that way they will have to put the work in, to get their subscribers and fees in, rather than paying out ludicrous pay-outs and pay-offs to all their useless cronies, funded by the law abiding, licence-paying citizen!

  • spokazijojo - 2012-01-30 09:09

    These ppl are giving us black ppl a bad name!!!

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