Author: Andisiwe Makinana

The SABC has reported irregular expenditure of a whopping R3,3bn in the financial year that ended in March 2014, up from the R100m that the public broadcaster reported in the previous financial year. The irregular expenditure of R3,3bn is almost half of the corporation’s overall spend of R6,6bn over the period. While MPs were outraged by the irregular expenditure, the explanation from the public broadcaster left them even more baffled. The SABC’s acting chief financial officer, James Aguma, admitted to parliament’s oversight committee on communications on Tuesday that in its 2013/2014 annual report the SABC had disclosed R3,3bn in irregular…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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