Author Andisiwe Makinana


SABC chair said to want Hlaudi ally as CEO

As SABC board chair Zandile Ellen Tshabalala fights off the demand for proof of her academic qualifications, it has emerged that she and the controversial chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng have tried to push through


Probe into SABC chair postponed

The parliamentary inquiry into whether SABC chair Zandile Tshabalala misrepresented her qualifications has been postponed to Thursday to allow her legal team to properly prepare for the matter. It is unlikely, though


Infighting spreads to SABC board

SABC board chair Zandile Tshabalala has turned on her own colleagues, warning them they will be investigated for the “nondisclosure of potential conflicts of interest” and for leaking “confidential information of the corporation”. She is appointing a panel of investigators to establish


Just how powerful is Hlaudi Motsoeneng?

The magnitude of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s power was revealed this week when cabinet was apparently told that his permanent appointment as SABC chief operating officer was not up for discussion. The Mail & Guardian was reliably told – by sources in government and the tripartite alliance – that a minister


How Motsoeneng forced SABC’s hand

A well-placed source gave the Mail & Guardian a blow-by-blow account of the hours before Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment was confirmed. The SABC board appoints the operations chief and the appointment has to be confirmed by the minister of communications. The source, speaking to the M&G


MPs war over SABC’s acting boss

Controversial SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng appeared before parliament on Friday, a day after making controversial comments about a need to license journalists. One would expect him to be somewhat subdued considering the storm his comments stirred up, but Motsoeneng appeared


Minister wants SABC to foster patriotism

South Africa could soon wake up to a rendition of the national anthem on national television in a bid to improve patriotism, social cohesion and moral regeneration. Communications minister Faith Muthambi told parliament on Tuesday that there will be a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the SABC


SABC’s skills crisis laid bare

MPs came down hard on the SABC and questioned whether the public broadcaster was capable of a successful transformation to digital broadcasting scheduled to take off in June 2015. This followed a presentation by SABC leadership on Tuesday of an independent skills


Controversy over new SABC board

The SABC will soon have new leadership as the parliamentary portfolio committee announced the final list of names to be recommended for the new board on Tuesday afternoon. But this was not without controversy as the opposition parties represented in the committee have objected to the list

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