Eight new board members have been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to fill vacancies on the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), with immediate effect.
The new members will serve the remaining term of office – which expires on October 15, 2022 – of the members who resigned from the SABC board.
The presidency said in a statement: “In terms of Section 13 of the Broadcasting Act (Act 4 of 1999), non-executive members of the SABC Board must be appointed by the president on the advice of the National Assembly following a process of public participation in the nomination and transparency and openness in the selection.
“The National Assembly has communicated to the president the exhaustive public consultation process that was followed by the Portfolio Committee on Communications in accordance with the requirements set out in the Broadcasting Act.”
The following people have been appointed:
• Mary Papayya;
• Jasmina Patel;
• Dr Marcia Socikwa;
• Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi;
• Bernedette Muthien;
• Advocate Benjamin Motshedi Lekalakala;
• Professor Sathasivan Cooper; and
• David Maimela.
Ramaphosa has designated Mohlala-Mulaudzi as deputy chairperson of the board. He wished the new board members well in their efforts to secure the sustainability of the SABC.
“Viewed collectively, the board of the SABC is composed of people who possess qualifications, skills, experience, and expertise across a broad spectrum of relevant fields including, but not limited to, governance and business practice, law, broadcasting policy and regulation, journalism, and communications amongst others.
Ramaphosa wishes the new board members well in their efforts to secure the sustainability of the South African Broadcasting Corporation as an important component of national life and of the deepening of democratic engagement in the country.
(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane)