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Task team to direct changes at SABC

The team is tasked with setting stabilising the public broadcaster's financial position.

Communications Minister Yunis Carrim. Picture:GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says a newly-appointed task team will ensure that all challenges arising within the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are addressed within reasonable means.

Carrim and his deputy Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams met with the public broadcaster on Tuesday to try and find solutions to the financial problems.

The team is tasked with setting a firm foundation for financial stability of the public broadcaster.

The Ministry's Siya Qoza said, "The minister indicated [he and his deputy] would be engaging with all stakeholders to try and see how they can work more efficiently, so he set up a joint technical team between the department and the SABC to look at matters which needed to be addressed urgently."

Earlier this month, Carrim and his deputy met with the public broadcaster's board, management and trade unions.

The newly-appointed minister took over the portfolio after Dina Pule was axed during President Jacob Zuma's recent cabinet reshuffle.

Carrim said he wanted to hear about the SABC's challenges, whether there's been any progress since the interim board was appointed and how the department can help the broadcaster to become more stable and effective.

He said they have agreed to urgently address problems in filling senior management posts.

In March, Parliament disbanded the SABC's board after the majority of its members resigned, laying bare the acrimonious relationship between Pule and the public broadcaster.

Pule's tenure was marked by a spate of controversial episodes, including claims of mismanagement and irregular spending.