MPs to begin shortlisting candidates for SABC board

The six-month term of an interim board appointed in March to stabilise the cash-strapped broadcaster ends next month.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to begin shortlisting candidates on Tuesday to fill 12 seats on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.

The six-month term of an interim board appointed in March to stabilise the cash-strapped broadcaster ends next month.

Parliament’s Communications Portfolio Committee will have to sift through 363 resumes to shortlist 36 candidates for interviews.

Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile Van Damme is pleased that the committee has agreed to publish, for public comment, the names and resumes of shortlisted candidates.

“We definitely are ready to begin shortlisting and we’re always going to make sure that individuals meet the requirements of the Broadcasting Act are selected to serve on the SABC board.”

MPs also debated how the interviews should run.

Economic Freedom Fighters’ MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was pushing for it to be done over two days.

Others wanted more time. In the end, they decided on three days.

“There’s something unfair about extending it over if it is also happening in public for some of the candidates that will come over the first two days or even on the first day, by the time I arrive on the fourth day I’m used to you.”

No dates have yet been set.

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