SABC boss wants more money

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Controversial SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has in the past received irregular pay hikes, says he deserves to be paid much more than the R2.4 million a year that he is getting.

According to a report released last February by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, SABC chief operations officer (COO) Motsoeneng received three salary increases in one year, taking his earnings from R1.5 million to R2.4 million.

Motsoeneng, who has no matric, said yesterday that if he was working for a private corporation he would have been earning about R10 million a year. Asked if he was saying the SABC should be paying him more, Motsoeneng responded in the affirmative, adding: “Everyone who is generating revenue should be rewarded, not only me as an individual.

“When we came here, the SABC was in a state of near collapse. That is a fact and we made sure it became sustainable.

“I’m not talking about me but the team … the effort that it is putting together.”

Motsoeneng was speaking on the sidelines after a media briefing at the SABC in Johannesburg.

Asked if his stay at the SABC was tenable after a public outcry over his lack of qualifications, Motsoeneng said it was all systems go. “I’m not even interested in talking about the qualifications. I am looking at making the SABC more sustainable.”

He was appointed COO in July by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

“You can see I am doing my work. When you are in a top position, people always talk about you,” Motsoeneng said.

Earlier he defended the SABC’s decision to pay its bosses and workers what were publicly criticised as huge bonuses as a reward for covering the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.

“Without us, there would be no SABC. These people have worked very hard for those bonuses,” he said.

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