Concerns raised about delays in SABC board appointment

Concerns raised about delays in SABC board appointment

The SOS coalition, an organisation which supports public broadcasting, has raised concerns over the delay in the appointment of the SABC board. 

A picture taken on October 20, 2010 shows the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) headquarters in Johannesburg. South Africa's crisis-hit public broadcaster posted a modest profit in the first six months of the 2010 financial year after a financ

This is because the public broadcaster has been without a board for three months. 

National coordinator, Uyanda Siyotula says the delay in appointing a board continues to hamper the institution’s efficiency and direction. 

“These range from the public call for nominations, the security vetting of candidates, the National Assembly and now, the appointment by the President,” says Siyotula. 

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“The SOS Coalition is concerned that a significant public institution has been without a Board for three months – this has not happened before. The absence of leadership and authority in any organization is detrimental, particularly so at a public institution such as the SABC.”

It’s a race against time with the looming analogue switch-off that is scheduled to take place at the end of March. 

This is a process that is meant to be guided by the SABC board. 

The switch-off will see the public broadcaster lose 68% of its audience from the remaining provinces that still distribute analogue SABC TV signals.  

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