The SOS Coalition is astonished by the latest statement made by SABC Acting Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. At a press briefing yesterday, Mr. Motsoeneng said “your degrees can’t work for you. You need experience to do the work. When these people come with their degrees, they drain the same people [who are skilled but don’t have degrees]”.
The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition notes with shock that the SABC’s CEO, Lulama Mokhobo, has resigned and has reached an undisclosed settlement with her former employers.
The Coalition notes the fact that since 2008 there have been six CEOs at the helm of the SABC and that various CEOs, on leaving, have received (often very substantial) packages from the Corporation. The Coalition is totally opposed to these payouts and sees them as fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
The SOS Coalition is pleased that the Green Paper has finally been launched and that the opportunity has been opened up for the people of South Africa to engage purposively in a policy-making process which is set to impact on their lives profoundly.
Against the backdrop of Cabinet’s decision announced last Friday, we call on government and broadcasters alike to set out their clear plan on promoting media and information access and diversity for all in the digital broadcasting environment without the creation of class-based information division or broadcast media monopolies.
The Call to Action calls on all African institutions, decision-makers, civil society and social justice organisations and publics to promote media freedom on the African continent as well as commit to actively playing their part in transforming and strengthening all State broadcasters into public broadcasters.