Newly Deployed SABC Board Members Receive Warm Welcome From Parliament.

Staff Writer | The Republic Mail

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.