Posts Tagged ‘SABC’

Huge financial losses at SABC

September 30, 2016

The net losses of R411 million announced by the SABC yesterday brings the total of losses over the past two years under the watch of Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, and disgraced COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to R805 million.

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The DA maintains that it is possible for the SABC to be managed profitably.

It has done so in the past; there is no reason why it cannot continue to do so.

This requires proper financial management and the right leadership with the requisite skills to steer the public broadcaster from the red into the black. The SABC currently has neither.

The DA will conduct a thorough analysis of the SABC’s Annual Report once tabled in Parliament.

We need to know how much the SABC has wasted, which contracts were approved without going to tender, how much its top executive were paid in bonuses and how much was spent on litigation.

We look forward to participating in the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC, which should be broadened to cover all issues currently facing the public broadcaster; not just the board’s failures.

We trust that this won’t be yet another empty promise by the ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, and that it will indeed take place.

It is possible for the SABC to be a public broadcaster South Africa can be proud of. The DA is committed to ensuring that this happens.

Why you didn’t see much of the DA on television

June 22, 2016

The SABC has failed in its mandate to allocate fair and equitable coverage to opposition parties.

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Over the dates of 05 June – 17 June, the coverage split for the 3 largest political parties on terrestrial TV news reveals a gross disparity.
The coverage per the three biggest parties is as follows:

• ANC- 3hrs 4mins 6secs;
• DA- 1hr 13mins 57secs; and
• EFF- 43mins 6secs.

This means that the ANC got covered nearly 3 times more than the DA.

If the situation does not improve the DA will consider referring the SABC to ICASA’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC).