By Mbali Sibiya
After an enormous number of 300 applications which were submitted for the positions, it landed to just 36 candidates who were shortlisted to be interviewed in the full glare of the public and only 12 candidates made it through and got the job.
Having the interviews in the public eye was executed purposely to drive an open, transparent and robust selection process. This process produced an excellent blend of skills and experience required to take the SABC forward.
While the applications were many, only merit served as the key to opening doors. Each team member is well qualified and vast in various fields of knowledge including corporate governance, legal services, financial management, journalism and communications, broadcasting administration and intellectual property. Which is why each of them we’re deservingly chosen.
The National Assembly approved the names of Ms Rachel Kalidass, Ms Nomvuyiso Batyi, Mr Krish Naidoo, Mr Mathatha Tsedu, Ms Khanyisile Kweyama, Mrs Febbe Potgieter-Gqubule, Mr Dinkwanyane Mohuba, Mr Jack Phalane, Mr John Matisonn, Mr Micheal Markovitz, Mr Victor Rambau and Mr Bongumusa Makhathini to fill the non-executive board positions on the SABC board.
The ANC extends its sincere gratitude to the outgoing interim board, under the chairpersonship of Ms Khanyisile Kweyama for their sterling work in implementing the recommendations of parliament’s ad hoc committee inquiry into the SABC. We are also quite pleased that all five members of the interim board have been recommended for appointment to the permanent board. We trust that they will continue their commendable work in working with the other seven candidates recommended for appointment.
Part of the welcome includes word of appreciation as well instructions on how to face daily procedures. The new members were instructed to resist the temptation of getting involved in internal staff squabbles, rise above petty personality clashes and fully unite behind the execution of its fiduciary duties by all means. Also, the new board is tasked with benchmarking historic flaws from previous boards and draw on challenges and successes encountered.”We are confident that these board members will rise to the challenging tasks that lie ahead” notes the ANC chief Whip Office.
Furthermore, in accordance to the terms of the Broadcasting Act for consideration and appointment, the names of the twelve SABC board candidates will be sent to President Jacob Zuma before they take up their positions on the board. “We wish all SABC board candidates well and we assure that they have Parliaments full support” says The Office of the ANC Chief Whip.