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MMA and SOS note the intensifying strike action by Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) beginning 2 November 2017.  We support the right of workers to strike. As a broad coalition, however, SOS finds itself in the position where its various union members, including BEMAWU, MWASA and CWU, have adopted fundamentally different positions...

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Remembering Black Wednesday 40 years on!

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Just a short video to remind us all of the journey we’re on. For some, this journey began 40 years ago, and for others it began yesterday. As we commemorate Black Wednesday from all corners of the South African Media Industry, we remain committed to the great call of our land, upholding the principles of...

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After a series of governance and financial crises at the SABC, the dissolution of the last board, and the subsequent appointment of the interim board in March this year, the National Assembly ran a nationally televised process to identify and recommend suitable candidates for a new SABC board to the President. SOS, along with our...

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The SOS Coalition welcomes the news regarding the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Proclamation, which has been awaiting the President’s signature for months. On the 25th of August, President Jacob Zuma released a statement announcing that he had signed the Proclamation that would authorise the SIU to investigate some of the financial and governance irregularities that...

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SOS would like to echo the chorus of voices calling for President Jacob Zuma to sign the proclamation allowing the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to probe the SABC. The proclamation, which has been ready since May, will enable the interim board to begin to unpack the extent of fraud, irregularities, and wasteful, fruitless expenditure at...

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MEDIA RELEASE: Goodbye, Hlaudi!

June 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

SOS welcomes the news of the adverse findings against Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as well as his subsequent dismissal by the SABC Interim Board. Mr. Motsoeneng was charged with bringing the SABC into disrepute, as well as breaking the rules of his employment contract. We believe that the Board’s decision is a long-awaited step in the...

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  CORRUPTION AND STATE CAPTURE – GOOD PROGRESS BUT STILL MORE NEEDED SOS welcomes news concerning the interim board’s decision to suspend James Aguma from his acting CFO position at the SABC. We believe that this move is a significant step in the restoration of the public broadcaster’s governance and financial integrity. This decision follows...

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18 May 2017 SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition supports the call by MPs for the SABC Board to consider the suspension of James Aguma as CFO and Acting GCEO of the SABC- following due process to investigate his misconduct and role he played in bringing about the SABC crisis, alongside Hlaudi Motsoeneng. We insist on...

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A PDF of the below release can be downloaded here. MEDIA RELEASE SOS: SUPPORT PUBLIC BROADCASTING COALITION MAKES DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SABC TO AD HOC COMMITTEE IN PARLIAMENT SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (“SOS”) has made detailed recommendations to the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee investigating the SABC Board. We strongly hope that the Committee’s...

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The below is the prsentataion by SOS in Paranelent’s Add Hock Inquiry into the SABC on 14 Dec 2016 Note: The SOS Sgement starts at 2h and 56min. Context Firstly, the crisis of independent and credible news and current affairs programmes to the vast majority of citizens and residents has been a recurring theme over...

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