Monday, July 7, 2014

Communications minister Faith Muthambi approves that acting SABC CEO Tian Olivier's acting contract be extended for months.

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South Africa's TV industry and TV licence payers need to get used to an acting CEO at the beleaguered SABC for months longer.

The new minister of communications Faith Muthambi revealed to parliament that she has approved the extension of the period that current acting SABC CEO Tian Olivier can or will serve in an acting CEO position by months.

Tian Olivier was appointed as acting SABC CEO after Lulama Mokhobo abruptly resigned in February this year and left before finishing her terrible term - the latest in a string of SABC CEO's who never work out their contracts.

The SABC has not yet appointed a new permanent SABC CEO, nor a permanent chief operating officer (COO), nor a permanent chief financial officer (CFO) - all are acting.

By law the minister of communications has to grant permission once one of these high-level group executive positions exceeds the period of three months (90 months) to have someone continue being in this position in an acting position.

"With regard to the SABC CEO the SABC requested for me to extend the acting of Tian Olivier with 90 days. I said to them I'm approving that on condition that the SABC gives me a timetable that they fill the position within the 90 days," Faith Muthambi told parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Friday.