Newly appointed deputy chairperson of the Sabc Board, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule says the issues around the mandate of the public broadcaster, the financial situation and staff morale will be the key priorities of the in coming board.
President Jacob Zuma appointed the board after he missed a deadline by three weeks after members of parliament vetted suitable candidates.
The announcement follows looming court action for the president to approve the new board. Zuma has been accused of deliberately delaying the appointments for political reasons.
According to Potgieter-Gqubule, the first order of the business would be an induction workshop to be held possibly in the next week.
Over the last six months, the interim board has focused on those issues, they have laid a foundation and the new board will have to build on that foundation.— Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Deputy chairperson of the Sabc Board
The process of addressing staff conduct, any suggestions of impropriety as well as corruption within the broadcaster will continue under the new board.— Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Deputy chairperson of the Sabc Board
Potgieter-Gqubule also discussed issues of editorial independence specifically with regards to reporting on state capture and corruption.
She says the interim in the last three months started on the process of reviewing the editorial policy of the SABC, a process which was completed in September.
The new board will soon release the policy for public comment, she says.
The Constitution as well as the Broadcast Charter expect the public broadcaster in its coverage of issues to be independent. Certainly the question of state capture is the matter that all south Africans are concerned with and the SABC news needs to cover those issues in a fair and balanced manner.— Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Deputy chairperson of the Sabc Board
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