Communications Ministry Abandons Hlaudi Motsoeneng


South Africa’s Ministry of Communications abandons Hlaudi Motsoeneng over claims that he didn’t fault the Employment Equity Act.

In a media statement, the Ministry of Communications related that it would like to distance itself from comments made by Mr. Mzwanele Manyi saying that ‘Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng was on the right side of the Employment Equity Act with regards to his qualifications’.

Doing that, the Ministry informed the public that Mr. Manyi is no longer an advisor to the Minister of Communications and thus, does not speak on behalf of the Ministry.

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Also, the Ministry added that it plays no role in the appointment of managers at the SABC.

“These appointments follow the normal recruitment processes as prescribed within the policy of the public broadcaster.

“The Ministry of Communications is invited by the Board to participate in the appointment of the Group Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Chief Operating Officer as per the SABC memorandum of incorporation,” stated the department.

Responding to DA’s questions for written reply on whether the vacancy of the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the SABC has been advertised since the conclusion of the out of court settlement with the former GCEO, Frans Matlala, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi related that SABC has appointed an executive search company to assist the Board with the filling of the position with a suitably qualified and experienced individual.

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Minister Muthambi also disclosed that the Department of Communications did not budget for or spend on the Thank You SABC Music concert held on September 10 at Orlando Stadium.

“The Thank You SABC concert,” she said, “was an initiative hosted and coordinated by Phumelela Group at Orlando Stadium to thank the SABC and the Board for its endeavors to develop local music…

“Costs pertaining to the event would have been directed and charged to the organizers by all service providers contracted to the event,” added the minister.