THE BIG DEBATE BURSTS BACK - WITH REDI TLHABI

Monday, May 5, 2014

SABC advertises for new CEO and chief financial officer (CFO) positions; promises 'a highly competitive package with attractive incentives'.


The SABC is advertising the position for a new CEO for the beleaguered South African public broadcasting, as well as for a new permanent chief financial officer (CFO) following a protracted and acrimonious executive battle behind the scenes.

Lulama Mokhobo quit in February as the umpteenth SABC CEO to suddenly up and leave and not finish a CEO contract, without the SABC giving reasons as a public broadcaster.

In March the SABC fired Gugu Duda as acting CFO. She was suspended in September 2012 at the SABC in relation to procurement and financial irregularities.

Now the SABC is looking for a replacement for both positions.

While the SABC's second highest executive in charge, the acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng is famously matricless - and according to a damning Public Protector's report released in February "should never have been appointed at the SABC" - the SABC states as a "prerequisite" that the CEO must have a postgraduate degree, preferably "MBA/MSc or similar equivalent experience".

The SABC CEO must be "a strategic leader, visionary, mentor and coach, as well as a good problem solver". "Knowledge of the media industry will be a major advantage," says the SABC and at least 10 years senior management experience is required.

The SABC promises "a highly competitive package with attractive incentives".

For the CFO position the SABC says the broadcaster "is experiencing a slow but steady economic recovery, but will continue to be challenged in meeting ongoing demands placed on it by the public mandate and the demandsof migrating to digital broadcasting".

The new CFO will have to therefore "provide progressive leadership, excellent financial skills and strong administration capabilities".

"The new CFO will need to initiate creative ways of funding the strategy of the corporation" and will have to work with the CEO and COO in finding new funding opportunities.

The closing date is 12 May.