SABC bigwigs keep coining it

2012-10-15 18:02
Cape Town – The SABC's top executives and senior management keep coining it, raking in big remuneration according to the public broadcaster’s latest annual report, despite the SABC failing to make a passing grade on a lot of strategic objectives.

The SABC, which once again received a qualified audit which is again reflecting badly on the public broadcaster, makes the total remuneration paid to SABC board members and top executives and management public in the annual report.

The financial statements for 2011/2012 shows several people who had a great year moneywise at the SABC.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC’s acting chief operating officer (COO) who famously doesn’t have matric and is now also in charge of overseeing the SABC’s news operations had a total remuneration in 2011/2012 of R1.61m.

Lulama Mokhobo who was appointed as the new CEO of the troubled corporation at the beginning of this year, got R774 000.

Dr Ben Ngubane, the chairperson of the SABC board who has been widely criticised for his lack of leadership and who told parliament in September that the SABC board has “degenerated into serious dysnfunctionality” received R639 000.

Biggest overall remuneration

Cawekazi Mahlati, the SABC board member who got a unanimous vote of no confidence from all of the other SABC board members this year and who all want her gone, received R473 000. This amount also means that she gets the biggest overall remuneration from the SABC from all of the board members except Ngubane.

Phil Molefe, the SABC’s head of news and current affairs (who also acted as CEO for a few months during the period in question) who was placed on “special leave” earlier this year and is still awaiting a disciplinary hearing for reasons the SABC has not yet publicly disclosed, got R2.22m in the 2011/2012 financial year.

Meanwhile the SABC is trying to set up a 24 hour news channel on DStv with substantial investment from MultiChoice, while Molefe has no direct input.

Anton Heunis, the SABC’s group executive of sales of the SABC’s commercial division pocketed R3.46m; Bessie Tugwana, the head of television at the SABC got R1.52m; Charlotte Mampane the head of editorial policy and regulatory governance received a total remuneration of R2.36m and Yvonne Johnston, the head of marketing at the SABC got R2.06m according to the annual report.

Richard Waghorn, the SABC’s chief technology officer (R2.56m), Thelma Melk (R4.38m), Robin Nicholson who was the acting CEO (R1.04m) and Lerato Nage as the acting chief financial officer (R1.52m) are all gone now, but still received these total remuneration amounts from the SABC in the 2011/2012 financial year.

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