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Changes to broadcasting law to be debated

Parliament in Cape Town

Parliament in Cape Town

Parliament’s communications committee is expected to debate the Broadcasting Amendment Bill on Tuesday.

The bill, which seeks to strengthen governance at the SABC, was introduced in parliament late last year.

Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme said in its current form, the bill would see the last bit of independence removed from the public broadcaster. It would ensure it became an ANC-government propaganda tool under the control of the communications minister.

The department disputed this.

“This bill does not create a new regulatory regime, but seeks to strengthen corporate governance which ensures the long-term stability and sustainability of the SABC,” it said in a statement.

The changes would allow it to fulfil its public broadcasting service mandate.

Van Damme said the party would call for public comment on the bill.

“We hope that the ANC members of the committee will not prove allegations to be true that they are under instruction from minister Faith Muthambi to rush this bill through pariament in order to give the ANC full control over the SABC in the lead-up to the election,” she said.

One of the proposed changes in the bill is the reduction in the number of non-executive board members from 12 to nine.

The department said this would strengthen the board and streamline its operations.

Van Damme said it would result in a smaller board with less room for dissenting opinion.

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4 Comments

  1. I think there is also a strict requirement in this new legislation that no person may serve on the board if they have any academic qualification above primary school level.
    This to be fully scrutinized by the top ten Honchos at Luthuli House and the Bree street taxi rank.
    Amandla!

  2. I really dont understand this bill. It will give full control to the cANCer over the SABC? I must be stupid, but if your stakeholder, as the SABC always puts it, is the minister and the minister was put into her position by the cANCer, then they already have FULL CONTROL. Same as in apartheid, the NP ran the SABC, and now it the ANC turn. Anybody how thinks that the SABC is impartial, must be a special kind of stupid

  3. William Stucke on

    > Van Damme said the party would call for public comment on the bill.
    Is this not the normal process? Or is Faith trying to short-circuit that too?

  4. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>One of the proposed changes in the bill is the reduction in the number of non-executive board members from 12 to nine.

    Eish! only a 25% reduction…

    …but what would actually make a real difference is a 25% reduction in the SABC’s staff complement; and a reduction in the list of the 12 persons that are needed to sign-off on any approvals even if its to get a R5 coin to use at the vending machine.

    At any given time, at least 5 of those persons are on sick leave; 1 is on study leave; 3 only show up to work when it’s end of the month, just to make an appearance for pay-day; and the remaining 3, who do work, can’t really do much without the approvals of the other 9… so in reality, there’s only a need for 25% of the current staff complement because that would be the real representation of persons who actually do work at the SABC.

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