'SABC led by incompetent management'

A skills audit has found that more senior management at the SABC lack necessary skills to lead.

A skills audit has found that more senior management at the SABC lack necessary skills to lead. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A skills audit at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has found that nearly half the public broadcaster's top executives and senior management don't meet minimum competency requirements.

The findings of the audit were presented to Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee on Tuesday.

SABC executives and members of the board insisted that training and mentoring would deal with the skills gap.

The audit found out that senior management lacked strategic leadership skills.

Another skills gap lay with experts in broadcast technology to manage the migration from analogue to digital television.

Personal files were in a shamble and some qualifications couldn't be verified, and some top executives were also found wanting in financial skills.

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn says, "This has given us a very good snapshot of the very tragic state of the SABC."

High levels of mistrust of management and the board were also found. But group Human Capital Services executive Jabu Mabaso insisted training would meet the skills deficit.