SABC board finally appointed by Ramaphosa

SABC board finally appointed by Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally appointed 12 non-executive members to serve on the SABC board over the next five years.

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

The appointment comes after months of delays and court challenges over Ramaphosa's failure to prioritise appointing the board for the public broadcaster.

Civil society organisation Media Monitoring Africa filed papers at the Constitutional Court while SOS coalition, an organisation which supports public broadcasting, had also raised concerns over the delays.

The public broadcaster has been without a board since mid-October.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Ramaphosa announced former National Youth Development Agency CEO Khathutshelo Ramukumba as the board chairperson and Nomvuyiso Batyi as the deputy chairperson.

Other members of the board include former SABC head of news Phathiswa Magopeni, former SABC journalist and anchor Mpho Tsedu, former SABC Journalist Dr. Renee Horne, Adv Tseliso Thipanyane, Aifheli Makhwanya, Magdalene Moonsamy, Rearabetsoe Motaung, David Maimela, Dinkwanyane Mohuba and Palesa Kadi.

Ramaphosa said in a statement he trusts that the newly appointed board members will work hard at "ensuring that South Africa continues to benefit from a stable, independent and effective national public broadcaster”.


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