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Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Services division found that, the removals of the three SABC board members, earlier this year, was unlawful. According to Parliament’s legal advisors, an SABC board member can only be removed in one of two different ways. The first is after a member has been found guilty of misconduct or is unable to...

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#BREAKING: SABC Loses another Acting CEO

April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Johannesburg, SABC Acting CEO, Anton Heunis announced his departure from the embattled broadcaster at a press conference held in Auckland Park, April 1st. Heunis was resigning from his role as  Commercial Enterprise Executive. Heunis was appointed as Acting CEO in September 2014. Nomsa Philiso will succeed Heunis as  SABC’s Commercial Enterprise Executive. No indication was given...

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SABC Fires Two More Board Members

March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

SABC Board vacancies brought up to six This afternoon, the SABC communicated the Board’s removal of two further members citing fraudulent conduct and non-disclosure of conflicts of interest. This follows the removal of Hope Zinde from the Board just two weeks ago under the same circumstances. The removed Board members are Rachael Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi, brining the tally...

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Set-top boxes vulnerable to hacking ‪

March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Amendments to the government’s digital migration policy gazetted on Wednesday by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi have removed critical security functions from the set-top boxes (STBs) it will provide free to at least 5 million households, leaving them vulnerable to hackers and making it possible to use the boxes outside the country. More information here....

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Recent statements made by Minister Faith Muthambi at the Parliamentary Briefing of the Communications Committee yesterday are worrying as yet again the Minister Muthambi has over extended the powers that her position holds. Minister Muthambi gave an incorrect reading of the law when she said that the Companies Act supercedes the Broadcasting Act and that...

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Vote of no confidence against Ms. Hope Zinde

March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The SOS Coalition notes media reports of the vote of no confidence passed by the SABC board against one of its members, Ms. Hope Zinde. The allegations of fraudulent conduct and non-disclosure of a conflict of interest are serious indeed, and if proved to be true, can only harm the integrity of our public broadcaster....

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Now is the time for your voice to be heard and secure the future of the SA TV production Industry for years to come! Stop crying when its to late to influence change! SOS is working with SASFED to do an URGENT industry engagement process around ICASA’s local content decision document which now requires detailed...

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CONTINUED CRISES AT THE SABC AT PARLIAMENTARY, BOARD AND MANAGEMENT LEVEL The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition notes the ongoing crises at the SABC at the level of management and the Board. Last week the Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, was released from his position of COO and veteran journalist Mike Siluma was...

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NEW ACTING COO AND POSTPONEMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFING ON SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT AND SKILLS AUDIT FINDINGS SOS notes the SABC Board’s announcement made yesterday that they have released Hlaudi Motsoeneng, from his position as acting Chief Operations Officer and reinstated him in his former role of Group Editor of Provinces. The Coalition further notes that...

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DINA PULE TO WITHDRAW APPEAL IN eTV SET-TOP BOX CONTROL DISPUTE SJ Phamodi Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, announced today that she had instructed the Department of Communications to withdraw its appeal against the South Gauteng High Court judgment awarding development and control of set-top box conditional access to broadcasters. Pule was speaking as the...

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