OPEN LETTER TO ALL BEMAWU MEMBERS
Just how honourable is the SABC board?
This is the question being asked by WILSON JOHWA on SEPTEMBER 22 2016, in bussiness day (http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2016/09/22/editors-lunchbox-sabc-boards-honour-or-lack-thereof-on-display)
“This is most likely to depend on whether board members decide to reappoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has come to realise that the courts cannot protect him from the recommendation of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela — that he is not fit for the office of chief operating officer. The SABC board is scheduled to convene on October 28.”
BEMAWU has seen a memorandum addressed to Board Members to vote for the appointment (again) of Mr Motsoeneng as Acting COO.
The memorandum is fatally flawed, as it listed Mr Motsoeneng as a recipient to vote in a Round Robin. The High Court ruled that Mr Motsoeneng’s appointment must be set aside – a decision now accepted by him after the Supreme Court of Appeal, the highest authority for non-constitutional matters declined, in no uncertain terms his leave to appeal. Therefore Mr Motsoeneng is no longer an employee of the SABC, and in any event, he cannot vote for his own appointment.
Was this an oversight, or is this indicative of how the Public Broadcaster’s affairs are run from the top? If it was an oversight, how many more oversights that we do not know off?
What will happen if the Board decides to appoint Mr Motsoeneng as acting COO again – despite an earlier court ruling that his appointment was unlawful? Will this entire process of fruitless and wasteful litigation repeats itself? It would be interesting to see what has happened with Advertising Sales – the life blood of the SABC’s existence since this matter started.
A wild guess would be that it is considerably down – maybe with more than 50%?
What impact did the compulsive announcement of 90/10 content had on the SABC’s coffers? Suddenly the higher LSM advertisers found themselves with a low LSM audience, simply not interested and/or who cannot afford what they advertising. So they moved! Additionally, what financial implication was there in terms of already purchased content which now either cannot be broadcasted, or at least in the prime time slots attractive to advertisers? The impact must be massive.
What happens when an employer does not make money? They cut heads. They retrench. Will we ever forget the McKinsey exercise?
“THE SABC has been advised to axe nearly 1 000 staff and to cut R200-million from the cost of its radio and support services.
Two confidential reports by top United States company McKinsey Consultants detail cost-cutting measures ranging from shutting satellite service Astrasat to retrenching staff in chief executive Zwelakhe Sisulu’s office and monitoring personal phone calls.
But McKinsey – which is being paid R6- million to advise the SABC on how to save money – also warns that the cuts will still fail to meet savings the consultancy deems vital to financially safeguarding the SABC. The broadcaster is currently operating with a R60-million deficit.”
Has the time not come for us as employees to stand up and say “No more”? How much more money will be spent before it’s too late? And no, we don’t talk smart English and we are not from outside. We are the workers, we are the union, we are the SABC. It’s your employment that could be at stake. In a country with a very high unemployment rate will you be able to make ends meet without a job? Will you be able to maintain your standard of living? Will you possibly lose your car, your house? Will you be able to afford medical aid? Those are real questions we need to consider.
“South Africa's unemployment rate slightly decreased to 26.6 percent in the June quarter of 2016 from 26.7 percent in the three months to March. The number of unemployed fell by 1.6 percent and employment went down 0.8 percent. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.31 percent from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 31.20 percent in the first quarter of 2003 and a record low of 21.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. Unemployment Rate in South Africa is reported by the Statistics South Africa.”
A slight decrease in unemployment rate is NOT good news for job seekers. It means possible jobs have been taken. Is it not time to put up our hands and say to the Board enough is enough?
We support Board Member Krish Naidoo:
JOHANNESBURG – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Krish Naidoo has confirmed that members of the board have said they want to reappoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the corporation’s acting Chief Operating Officer.
Naidoo has confirmed a report in The Times newspaper this morning that he has opposed the plan after the Supreme Court of Appeal refused to hear an appeal against an earlier ruling that Motsoeneng had been appointed through a flawed process.
He has confirmed his quoted comments in the times that the board of the SABC wants to try and reinstate Motsoneng.
But he says he has voted against the proposal because he believes it would be illegal and undermine the rule of law to essentially ignore the court’s decision that Motsoeneng was not properly appointed.
Naidoo has also said that that time has come for the president and the Affrican National Congress to open their mouths and say something decisive.
He’s also told the paper that it would be illegal for any director of the SABC to actually vote in favour of this resolution and that any board member who votes yes would be in contempt of court.”
If you want us to put an ultimatum to the rest of the Board, please reply to this email and show support for job security, a financially stable SABC, transparent processes when it comes to appointments, equal opportunities for all, proper procurement processes and prosperity.