DoC, SABC task team to rescue sinking ship

A joint task team between the SABC and the Department of Communications (DoC) will be established to address the challenges at the state broadcaster.

This decision followed a meeting between the Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim, Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the SABC Board, management, and trade unions.

The aim was to hear from the SABC as to what their challenges are, what progress there’s been since the Interim Board was appointed, and how the Department can offer more assistance to the SABC to become more stable and be far more effective,” said Carrim.

“The Board and management agreed with us that we need to settle outstanding matters related to broadcasting digital migration, including the set top box issues, so that the project is expeditiously implemented in all our interests.”

It was also agreed that challenges in filling senior management posts will be addressed urgently,” said Carrim.

“Now that we have received outstanding information on the shareholder compact, we are committed to finalising it within 10 days”

“We are determined to play our full role in turning the SABC around and we see the minister’s visit as an important step in that regard,” said SABC Board Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala.

It was decided to establish a “Joint Task Team” between the SABC and the Department to begin work immediately to finalise the issues agreed on at the meeting, and report back at the next meeting between the Minister, Deputy Minister, and SABC, which is to be held in two weeks.

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