RACHEL KALIDASS

WHO IS RACHEL KALIDASS?

Rachel Kalidass is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years of extensive experience in internal & external auditing, financial management, business process review, corporate governance and risk management. She is currently the Managing Director of R Kalidass and Associates.

According to her website, http://rkandassociates.co.za/ :

She has commendable experience within the public sector environment, and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (IRBA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Institute of Directors (IOD).

She currently serves on the Audit Committee of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA Independent Audit Committee Chairperson), South African National Parks (SANPARKS Audit Committee Member), the National Library of South Africa (NLSA Audit Committee Member), and Department of Labour (Audit Committee Member) and Compensation Fund (Independent Audit Committee Chairperson).

Rachel was appointed by the then Minster BEE Molewa to the Business Process Review Committee of the Department of Water Affairs, responsible for the turnaround on finance and audit related matters for the period 2011 to 2014.

She is an ex-Board Member of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

She is currently a board member of  South African National Parks (SANPARKS), Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority (FSGLA) and the National Library of South Africa (NLSA).

Rachel previously served as the Board Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA), Board Member of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board (MGB), and as an Independent Non-Executive Director of NEHAWU Investment Holdings.

Previously held audit committee positions include the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Education, Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Health, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), Mpumalanga Gambling Board (MGB), Inkomati Catchment Management Agency (ICMA), Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA), NEHAWU Investment Company as well as the Ehlanzeni District Municipality.

MPs suspect Minister Muthambi misled them during SABC inquiry

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has been accused of misleading a parliamentary inquiry into the crisis at the SABC.

Muthambi appeared before the inquiry on Wednesday and denied that she had ever interfered in board matters or that she bullied the board into appointing Hlaudi Motsoeneng as permanent chief operating officer in 2014. The Broadcasting Act prevented her from interfering in board matters‚ the minister said.

“I have a strong feeling the minister misled us yesterday and misrepresented a lot of facts‚ and I think we will have to take action when the time comes‚” said Makhosi Khoza‚ an ANC MP and a member of the parliamentary ad hoc committee looking into the crisis at the public broadcaster.

ACDP MP Steve Swart‚ also a member of the committee‚ said evidence suggested Muthambi had interfered in board affairs and played a greater role in the appointment of Motsoeneng.

Some committee members also felt that board meeting minutes presented by the SABC to the committee earlier may have been doctored.

The members were reacting to testimony from former board member Rachel Kalidass.

She told the inquiry on Thursday that Muthambi “was too close to the action“.

Kalidass presented minutes of a late-night board meeting which revealed that Muthambi had featured strongly in the decision to appoint Motsoeneng.

Kalidass said the minister had made it clear to the board during a late-night meeting in 2014 that Motsoeneng deserved to be appointed as he had acted in the position for too long.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi answers questions during the ad hoc parliamentary committee inquiry into the fitness of SABC board members to hold office Picture: Esa Alexander
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi answers questions during the ad hoc parliamentary committee inquiry into the fitness of SABC board members to hold office
Picture: Esa Alexander

Motsoeneng was appointed in 2014 despite a report by the public protector that found he had fabricated a matric qualification‚ purged those he disagreed with and irregularly increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in one year. The public protector recommended that he be disciplined.

Kalidass said Muthambi and the board chairwoman at the time‚ Zandile Tshabalala‚ had referred to a legal opinion from Mchunu Attorneys that found Motsoeneng was not guilty of any wrongdoing.

“We were just told that Mchunu Attorneys had been appointed as advisers‚ but there was no board resolution [on the sourcing of a legal opinion or appointing the attorneys]. The board chairperson [Tshabalala] at the time acted like an executive chairperson‚” said Kalidass.

She said the board was divided on the resolution to appoint Motsoeneng.

In addition to the public protector report being ignored‚ Kalidass said concerns were raised that normal recruitment processes were not followed. The position was never advertised and no interviews took place. Muthambi had ignored these concerns.

She said most of the members who opposed the plan to appoint Motsoeneng were later purged. Muthambi had in one meeting said she felt the board was “too large”‚ said Kalidass.

She said that after Motsoeneng’s appointment‚ the board members who had refused to toe the line started receiving letters from Muthambi asking them to resign. Kalidass and two other board members‚ Ronnie Lubisi and Hope Zinde‚ were axed in 2015.

Kalidass maintained that the board decision to remove her and the other members was unlawful.

The Broadcasting Act‚ which governs the SABC‚ stipulates that board members can be removed only by the president as the appointing authority‚ and only after due inquiry is done.

Civil society groups including the SOS Support Public Broadcasting coalition and the Freedom of Expression Institute‚ have approached the High Court in Pretoria‚ challenging the dismissal of the board members.

Kalidass said Muthambi was aware that Motsoeneng was causing havoc at the SABC‚ but still supported him.

Motsoeneng’s behaviour had changed‚ and he became more brazen and “emboldened” after Muthambi became communications minister‚ said Kalidass.

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/192098-the-lies-of-faith-muthambi.html

Faith Muthambi’s testimony to the parliamentary committee investigating the SABC board has been contradicted by evidence presented from other witnesses, stated Rapport.

Her biggest lie, according to the report, was her denial that she stripped the SABC board of its power to appoint chief executives.

To do this, she had to amend the SABC’s memorandum of incorporation – which only she can do.

Muthambi said she didn’t change the memorandum, though.

She claimed it was done before she became Minister of Communications in 2014 and that she only corrected spelling and grammatical errors.

Proof brought by Rachel Kalidass, a chartered accountant who said she was fired from the SABC board for opposing the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as COO, contradicts Muthambi’s claims.

An email dated 29 November 2014 from the SABC secretary notified all board members that Muthambi had amended the memorandum of incorporation.

The amendments transferred the authority to appoint and discipline executives to the group CEO, COO, and CFO.

The report noted that the amendments were in conflict with the Broadcasting Act, as it requires executives to be accountable to the members of the SABC board.

Muthambi has also argued that parliament was responsible for poor appointments to the SABC board.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/sabc-revelations-make-riveting-viewing-7199830

Then there was that hiccup when former board member Rachel Kalidass, delivered her testimony. MPs noticed that the minutes read by Kalidass didn’t match what had been sent to the committee – it had been forced to issue a summons to get access to the documents.

 

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/fired-board-member-complained-about-hlaudi-1892169

The opposition has called for the reinstatement of Zinde, Rachel Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi to the board since Parliament has obtained a legal opinion from its law advisers that the correct process was not followed in their removal.

In late May, a legal adviser told the committee that in terms of the Broadcasting Act board members could only be removed by the president. But Muthambi appeared before the committee a few weeks later and rubbished this opinion, stating that the Companies Act allowed for other avenues of removal.

https://mg.co.za/article/2015-10-22-faith-hope-and-the-sabcs-charity

Two separate high court cases will now determine whether Muthambi and the SABC board acted illegally when three non-executive members of the public broadcaster’s board were removed in March this year.

Two dismissed board members – Mashangu Ronny Lubisi and Rachel Kalidass – voted against Motsoeneng being given a permanent post at the SABC.

The third dismissed board member, Hope Zinde, was not given an opportunity to vote on Motsoeneng’s permanent post at a board meeting chaired by disgraced former board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala in July last year.

The Mail &Guardian has seen an email Zinde sent to the chief whips’ forum in Parliament last week, clarifying how she was denied the opportunity to vote on Hlaudi’s permanent appointment after she raised questions about the board’s fiduciary responsibilities, and what the public reaction was likely to be.

R500-million Multichoice deal behind SABC “purge”: report

A controversial deal between the SABC and Multichoice is said to be the cause of a recent spate of exits on the public broadcaster’s board, The Sunday Times reported.

According to the paper, several SABC board members are in the crosshairs for opposing the controversial R500-million deal with Multichoice.

Specifically, the paper mentions Hope Zinde, who was given the boot this week after she reportedly clashed with acting board chairman, Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe, over the deal.

Other members cited by “insiders”, the Sunday Times said, include Rachel Kalidass, Krish Naidoo, Dr Aaron Tshidzumba and Vuyo Mhlakaza.

On Thursday (12 March) it was reported that the SABC board passed a vote of no confidence in Zinde, a non-executive director, and removed her from the post.