BMA understands that the South African National Assembly (NA) has approved the recommended candidates for consideration to serve on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.
At its plenary sitting early this week, the NA approved the Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies’ report on the filling of 12 non-executive board vacancies following the expiry of the term of the previous SABC Board on 15 October 2022.
The NA made the recommendation in terms of section 13(1) of the Broadcasting Act of 1999 Act, which states that the President must appoint non-executive members on the advice of the National Assembly.
In a statement, the country’s Parliament said the process of filling the vacancies follows a letter dated 13 June 2022, received from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, informing the National Assembly of the impending expiry of the current SABC Board of Directors’ term of office on 15 October 2022.
“The committee undertook an extensive public consultation process, which included publishing an advertisement in the media, calling for nominations for appointment to constitute the SABC Board,” the statement read.
Parliament said, “A total of 120 nominations were received, including names that appeared more than once, due to some individuals being nominated by different people and organisations. In its report to the NA, the committee recommended 12 candidates based on their performance during the interview process.”
The recommended candidates include Dr Renee Horne; Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane; Khathutshelo Ramukumba; Professor Franz Krüger; Nomvuyiso Batyi; Phathiswa Magopeni; Aifheli Makhwanya; Magdalene Moonsamy; Rearabetsoe Motaung; David Maimela; Dinkwanyane Mohuba and Mpho Tsedu.
The statement further indicates that the committee decided to select three additional names, which will serve as a reserve pool to cater for any eventuality, given the period it has taken to complete the process.
Those include Zolani Matthews, Palesa Kadi and Quentin Green.
The committee will send the candidates’ names to the President for his consideration and appointment.