SABC lacks thinking skills: report

A skills audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found that executives and senior managers at the SABC do not meet the minimum strategic thinking skills, The Star reported on Wednesday.

The (PwC) report, which was presented to Parliament’s communication oversight committee on Tuesday, also found that 56 percent of the broadcaster’s management were unable to demonstrate adequate problem solving levels and make critical decisions.

The report stated that the SABC also lacked digital migration skills.

Despite this, SABC board member Bongani Khumalo told Parliament the board was fully functional and senior managers were men and women of high integrity who were “effectively supervised,” the newspaper reported.

In a statement, DA MP Marian Shinn called on Communication Minister Yunus Carrim to take drastic steps to address the failures at the SABC and to consider implementing a management rescue plan.

The independent audit report also revealed the following:

  • 60% of executive and senior managers do not meet the minimum strategic thinking skills for executives;
  • 56% were unable to demonstrate adequate levels in solving problems and making decisions;
  • 15% demonstrated only marginal competence in strategic thinking; and
  • 35% of the group did not consider the financial information provided to them as a skills test during the audit.

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