REPORT: Parliament shortlists MDDA Board Candidates

Published On April 2, 2015 | By SOS Coordinator | Independence & Accountability
The MDDA Board interviews were completed on 1 April 2015 and the final shortlist of candidates was completed during a closed session, which followed the last few interviews completed on the day.
The ICASA shortlisting process was held back, along with the SABC board interviews scheduled for 2 April 2015, due to complaints from MPs of these sessions being too close to Easter. This has meant that the interviews will need to be rescheduled and revised dates are yet to be announced.
The fact that the final shortlisting of MDDA candidates occurred in a closed session is of some concern and it is unclear why the media and independent observers have been barred from this. It seems that that these interviews are being rushed and the time needed for a careful selection process is not being set asides, instead under pressure from the Chair of the communications portfolio committee these interviews are being completed at a breakneck pace, in order to fill these positions as quickly as possible. The pressure being put on MPs to simply complete this process, may prove detrimental to the process of ensuring the most capable candidates get appointed.

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Duduetsang is an avid digital media lover and lifelong scholar who is fascinated by the dynamic media space. Duduetsang had her formal training in television journalism at the University currently known as Rhodes, and has various experiences in broadcast media production and corporate communications. She completed her MBA in Media Management at Cardiff University. Her activist discontents include socio-economic and gender based inequality and sexual violence while her intellectual interests lie in media strategy, policy and development in the convergent, digital era, especially in the African context. She joined SOS as a Project Coordinator and recently took over as the National Coordinator.

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