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Passing of Media Freedom Activist Libby Lloyd

January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Board, staff and friends of SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa are devastated by the untimely passing of Libby Lloyd last night (18 January). She is known to many of us both personally and professionally as a dedicated media activist, a committed comrade, a magnificent policy analyst, and a thoughtful and...

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The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa warmly welcome the news of the appointment of new SABC COO Chris Maroleng, subject to final security vetting processes. We stand behind the board in making critical appointments provided they adhere to the principle of finding the best people for the job, with suitable experience and capabilities. One...

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PRESS STATEMENT: SABC Strike

December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) note the strike action by the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) that began on 14 December 2017. We support the right of workers to strike and we support calls for fair and...

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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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The SOS Coalition, Media Monitoring Africa and Freedom of Expression Institute Welcome the judgement in the SOS/FXI/MMA vs SABC/Minister of Communications/Hlaudi Motsoeneng matter. SABC 1 The first key issue in this matter was with regards to the Minister’s authority to appoint Executive members of the board. This power came from the Minister’s use of the...

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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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