The Coalition wishes to underscore the importance of both preserving and strengthening the integrity of the public process through which the SABC Board is appointed to ensure that skilled, ready and committed individuals of high integrity can be attracted to and be retained on the Board in the service of the people of South Africa.
The SOS Coalition notes the candidates recommended by the Portfolio Committee on Communications for the SABC Board. The SABC has, for all too long, been wracked by serious instability and conflicts at various levels and, most notably, at the Board level, resulting in an alarming turn over of five Boards in five years.
While it fails to face up to financial scrutiny unsullied, the SABC will never be able to regain public confidence and, in turn, greater investment into public programming – its lifeblood and very raison d’être. South Africa deserves an SABC that works.
The SOS Coalition notes President Zuma’s appointment of the Honourable Yunus Carrim as the new Minister of Communications. We further note with great concern that this will be the fourth such appointment since 2009 in a Ministry beleaguered by instability and controversy over its leadership and delivery of the critical imperative of ensuring all South Africans have access to robust, reliable, affordable access to quality public broadcasting and secure ICT services in order to advance socio-economic development goals.
The SOS Coalition has considered the Framing Paper produced by the ICT Policy Review Panel carefully and welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Framing Paper as part of the public participation process. SOS further encourages the Minister and her Panel to ensure that the ICT Policy Review continues to be as open, inclusive and participatory as possible