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.
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.
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.
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.
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.