SABC quietly readvertising its CEO and CFO positions

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Cape Town - The SABC is quietly readvertising for the permanent positions of the CEO and chief financial officer (CFO) at the cash-strapped public broadcaster.

Talent Africa, a member of Signium, is contracted as the recruitment agency for the two senior SABC positions and the closing date for applications is 31 January 2018. People who want more information can call Mosima Selekisho at 011 771 4800.

The CEO and CFO positions as fixed 5-year contracts are being advertised on the SABC's website at www.sabc.co.za/sabc/careers but there's not been any press release from the broadcaster alerting the public that the positions are being advertised again during the quiet end-of-year period when the bulk of high-powered executives are on leave and taking time off for the holiday.

The new advertising for the CEO and CFO vacancies comes after a new scandal erupted at the SABC last month when Rachel Kalidass abruptly resigned as SABC board member out of protest and said she's leaving because of undue pressure by upper echelons to make a forced appointment of the controversial former Land Bank managing director Alan Mukoki as new SABC CEO.

According to Rachel Kalidass, the new permanent SABC board under chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini has been hell-bent on getting Alan Mukoki appointed as SABC CEO.

Rachel Kalidass said that she feels she was being victimised as a SABC board member for voicing dissent to Alan Mukoki's appointment, and said in her shocking resignation letter that the SABC board decided to create a "cleaning up committee to deal with the bad publicity" when news comes that Alan Mukoki is getting appointed as the new SABC CEO.

The second-in-charge position of COO at the SABC - formerly held by the controversial Hlaudi Motsoeneng - has not been advertised, with Bessie Tugwana currently occupying the acting COO position and who has been accused of being one of the remaining "Hlaudi enforcers" at the embattled public broadcaster.

Nomsa Philiso is currently continuing as the acting SABC CEO with Thabile Dlamini as the acting CFO.

For the CEO position the SABC wants someone with a masters degree, preferably a MBA, and a decade's worth of senior management experience.

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

The SABC says the new permanent CFO will have to find "creative ways of funding the strategy of the corporation". The CFO must be a qualified chartered accountant also with at least a decade's experience in budgeting, financial analysis and accounting.