ShapeShifter

Meet Bongumusa Makhathini, Chairperson of the Board that has to save the SABC

I’m of the view that South Africans hate corruption.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

The situation there [SABC] is quite dire.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

I’m not friends with the President.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

President Jacob Zuma appointed Bongumusa Makhathini – a Harvard Business School graduate – as the SABC Chairperson in October.

At the time of his appointment he chaired first lady Bongi Ngema's foundation which, needless to say, raised a few eyebrows.

He has since resigned from the foundation to prevent a conflict of interest.

Makhathini is also a director (Legal and External Affairs) at British American Tobacco.

Some interesting facts about Makhathini:

  • His first job was as farmworker in the sugarcane fields of Empangeni, where he earned R1.50 per day.

  • His uncle gave him the nickname “Ayilali Ikhonjiwe”, which means something like “Once I’ve set my mind on something, I go for it full force”.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Makhathini for his “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

My biggest dream was to transform my family from poverty.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

My dream was to be a doctor.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

That’s my passion [stamping out illegal cigarettes].

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and do something about the situation in our country.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

There’s been good appointments by the President… Thuli Madonsela … Mogoeng Mogoeng…

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

[We need] the right executives at the helm of the SABC.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

I haven’t had any politicians calling me…

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

It [the appointment of a new CEO] cant’ be done within a month.

Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC

Click here (then “like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : Meet Bongumusa Makhathini, Chairperson of the Board that has to save the SABC


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Meet Abel Sithole, the man in charge of R1.6 trillion in Government pensions

Meet Abel Sithole, the man in charge of R1.6 trillion in Government pensions

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Abel Sithole, Principal Executive Officer at the GEPF, Africa’s largest pension fund.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (7th largest Coke bottler on Earth) employs 15 000

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (7th largest Coke bottler on Earth) employs 15 000

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jacques Vermeulen, CEO at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA).

Adri Williams - Ubuntu personified - saved Khayelitsha Cookies and changed lives

Adri Williams - Ubuntu personified - saved Khayelitsha Cookies and changed lives

Bruce Whitfield interviews Williams about her transformative business delivering quality cookies to hotels and Pick n Pay.

The fascinating story of WeBuyCars (and why Naspers is pumping billions into it)

The fascinating story of WeBuyCars (and why Naspers is pumping billions into it)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews WeBuyCars founder Faan van der Walt for his weekly "ShapeShifter" feature.

Make money with farming (no land or dirty hands required)

Make money with farming (no land or dirty hands required)

Interested in farming as a "Hassel-free" side-hustle? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Grant Field, CEO at Fedgroup.

How RMB went from 'too poor to buy a photocopier' to the largest bank in SA

How RMB went from 'too poor to buy a photocopier' to the largest bank in SA

Bruce Whitfield sat down with GT Ferreira, Laurie Dippenaar and Paul Harris, the inspirational founders of Rand Merchant Bank.

Popular articles
What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

 'In this area, the DA has failed on every metric of good local governance'

'In this area, the DA has failed on every metric of good local governance'

Daily Maverick associate editor Ferial Haffajee says they have been investigating how the DA leads in local communities.

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Ian Moir, CEO at Woolworths.

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

A woman was attacked on her way to work earlier this month.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.