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“KE NAKO” – the time is now for the SABC board

Despite the breach in corporate governance in the appointment and announcement of Phil Molefe, as head of News, to date there has been no indication that the new SABC board is incapable of fulfilling its mandate. Accordingly the actions of the SABC board are to be applauded in seeking to resolve this breach of SABC’s corporate governance rules so speedily. We are however concerned that there has not yet been any announcement as to what action will be taken against the SABC board chairperson and the SABC GCEO and we call on the Board to inform the public about what processes and investigations are being undertaken to address the breach, and to ensure its speedy resolution.

SOS submission on Public Service Broadcasting Bill calls for urgent policy review process

The SOS: Supporting Public Broadcasting Coalition, of which MMA is a part, submitted their submission on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill on Friday 15 January 2010.

The Coalition wishes to recognise and applaud the Department of Communications and the Minister of Communications for trying to act swiftly in bringing about much-needed legislative reform. The Coalition welcomes the sense of urgency and energy behind the Proposed Bill. That said, the Coalition is also of the view that while the Bill has a number of positive elements which we certainly support, there are unfortunately a number of problems with it as currently drafted which, if not addressed, will result in the latter not being able to be passed by Parliament.

Overall the Coalition argues that the Bill is premature and that it needs to be proceeded by a substantive policy review process.

Urgent call to extend deadline for Public Service Broadcasting Bill

Media policy watchdog Media Monitoring Africa, together with the SOS Supporting Public Broadcasting Coalition, is imploring the South African government for a reasonable extension to the deadline for public submissions on the proposed controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill, from December 7 to the end of March 2010.

Broadcasting Amendment Bill unworkable if certain key clauses not amended

Today the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications will again be deliberating on the Broadcasting Amendment Bill. The ‘Save our SABC’ Coalition is sending a letter to the Chair of the Committee, Ismail Vadi to object to certain proposals to amend the Bill suggested by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

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