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24 January 2011

Ministry of Communications on SABC's CEO's resignation

Ministry of Communications statement, 21 January 2011

Minister Padayachie meets SABC Board

The Minister of Communications Mr Radhakrishna "Roy" Padayachie today met with the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to discuss developments at the public broadcaster.

The minister was apprised of recent issues, including the resignation of Mr Solly Mokoetle as Group CEO.

He commended the board for their approach to the corporation's protracted dispute with the former GCEO, and he was briefed about details of the settlement reached by the two parties thereof.

In line with principles of transparency and accountable governance, the minister has requested the board to announce to the public details of the settlement.

Minister Padayachie also recommended to the board to move swiftly in advertising and filling key vacant positions, including that of the GCEO.

"Following my meeting with the board of directors of the SABC this morning, and having received a detailed report on matters pertaining to the corporations reporting obligations to Parliament, the execution of the turn-around strategy and preparations for the upcoming local government elections, I'm confident that the SABC board and management are making progress and things are looking positive for the public broadcaster," says Minister Padayachie.

The minister assures the board of his continuous support as the corporation seeks to execute its programme to stabilise the public broadcaster, efforts that will ensure the delivery of better broadcasting services to the public.


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Issued by: Department of Communications

21 Jan 2011

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