SABC bigwigs keep coining it

2012-10-15 18:02
Thinus Ferreira
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.


  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-15 18:11

    I can't fathom why; their programming is so out of date and horrendous

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-15 18:13

      Yip, and they would blacklist you faster than you can say your own name if you don't pay a license - what a joke.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-15 18:30

      Another great example of how nationalisation will 'benefit the people'

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-15 18:34

      Gravy! Pass the gravy!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-15 19:09

      They are just pocketing the taxpayers money and there's no money for decent programs just for hollow ridden racist propaganda.

      michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-10-15 19:38

      Fire them, it's the right thing to do!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-10-15 18:14

    according to the anc, mediocrity and incompetence comes at a price.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-17 12:52

      according to the anc, mediocrity and incompetence are all you need to run a company. (Into the ground).

  • Cameron - 2012-10-15 18:22

    Surprised....not really...

  • KennySven - 2012-10-15 18:23


      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-17 12:53

      Let alone a pissup in the breweries.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-15 18:41

    If I apply to have my matric qualification declared invalid, can I also get a million bucks a month?

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-10-15 18:51

    How is this possible??? What do these idiots do to earn this kind of money? I generate more income for my company in 3 months than what I will earn in a lifetime, and I earn peanuts!!! On top of this, the SABC is bankrupt, ran it into the ground. When do I as a white person get to cash in on this kind of money???? WHEN??? I was born post apartheid, when is it my time to cash in on all of this TAX money??

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-10-15 18:53

    The public broadcaster has failed to fulfil its promises .They promised the public that a SABC 24 hr sport channel would be launched.The South African television is too westernised, they promote American programmes instead of supporting the local film. industry.Our television programmes do not reflect the fact we are in Africa.Even Nigeria is doing better than us in terms of promoting local content.SABC 1

      tommy.hains2 - 2012-10-15 19:16

      Soap operas all day how feminen now you want sports all day? The sabc has only 4 programs soap operas sports womans programs and variety, music talks etc. You don't know what western is. They don't watch this trash. I forget we in Africa

      isaac.masonto - 2012-10-15 19:17

      Which African Movies do you think people will watch while in the other channels they are showing James Bond?I believe TV is a business and also competition realy South African Music and Movies alone it can't generate revenue my friend.

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-10-15 19:18

      Local content producers do not want to work for the SABC because you do not get paid. You have to wait for months, years even, for payment of accounts. You have to pay everyone involved in a production, and then submit your account to the SABC, and then you wait, and wait, and wait. I know of production houses that have waited for over two years, and are still waiting. Excuse after excuse while productions houses go bankrupt and they pay themselves salaries that are simply out of this world. It is just not worth the pain. Simple economics says that we do not want to work for the SABC.

  • Erna - 2012-10-15 19:15

    How can these people earn these obscene amounts of money for running a dysfunctional public broadcaster? All they do is show reruns.

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-10-15 19:19

    And their suppliers and contractors have to wait for months, years even, for payment after services have been rendered to the corporation. It is scandalous and shameful!

  • neal.badenhorst - 2012-10-15 19:32

    That's nice. I say keep on plundering until nothing's left. It's a tried and trusted recipe. You might as well line your pockets while you can. Why should you care about your fellow country men? They're never going to turn on you. And besides: you deserve every penny that comes to you, not so?

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-17 12:59

      Now they want to run "News" 24hrs. More money down the drain. If it is like ENews, then they will have repeated the same News 24 times a day.

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2012-10-15 19:44

    Some of the payments are not bad at all depending on the contribution those persons make. The millions paid to some makes my blood fu.... boil when you consider they are earning those large sums for siting on their arse.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-15 19:49

    and they have the nerve to demand the payment of my tv license..because its the right thing to me a favour.! GO TO HELL SABC!!!!

      carole.kennedy.31 - 2013-01-30 11:47

      Went through a bad patch financially & could not afford to pay the licence fee when due; received MANY telephone calls threatening to sue; eventually told them to check up the legal meaning of "harassment". Financial situation improved & I paid the licence fee; now they're threatening to sue for the unpaid "PENALTY" fees!!!

  • John - 2012-10-15 19:57

    Like ALL parastatal CORPORATONS, they are designed to run at a ridiculous loss so that they can be sold for a ridiculously low sum to the international CORPORATE privatising INVESTOR so that more of OUR national assets can be ripped off! No more harbours. No more SAR. No more toll roads. No more SAA. No more Iscor. No more SABC. WE are being robbed by our servant government giving OUR assets to their international CORPORATE investors!! The more the parastatal effs up, the sooner they can sell OUR assets!!

  • emmakajee - 2012-10-15 20:18

    Okay. Idiots. The figures quoted was for ANNUAL remuneration. That means, earned in a year. Before tax is deducted. And lots of those people are white. You all sound dumb enough to work there though, go apply!

      Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-16 04:52

      @emma..i am surprised 2 see that u can put 2words together, cause u cant read. get somebody 2 read the names again and u will c what i mean...dumb*ss

  • fran.dujardin - 2012-10-15 21:06

    So when are they showing the rerun of the Thundercats?

  • fran.dujardin - 2012-10-15 21:08

    So when are they showing the rerun of the Thundercats?

  • fran.dujardin - 2012-10-15 21:13

    So when are they showing the rerun of the Thundercats?

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-16 08:03

      Have you got a problem repeating yourself?

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-17 15:01

      Duh! like the SABC. DSTV is no better, they just cost more.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-16 00:14

    Hey the cadres will be taken care off at the expense of the people. It is just business as usual! Nothing new and just wait then they will blame apartheid and multichoice.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-16 04:39

    They are too busy living the high life of the outrageous salaries to be bothered to do the jobs they are paid for.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-16 07:16

    And as they made a profit this year of over R300 million - i can see the bonuses and increase being paid to these dips***s. Oh i am so in the wrong industry.

  • john.knipe.10 - 2012-10-16 07:38

    They learned well from their political masters how to bankrupt the company and reward themselves for their incompetence.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-16 11:46

    Why not? They were raised in a den of thieves.

  • Shawn.E.Ludwig - 2012-10-16 12:46

    Well After this I am No Longer Paying My License, Dont Like it sue me!

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-10-17 01:45

    Meanwhile the SABC is trying to set up a 24 hour news channel on DStv with substantial investment from MultiChoice???

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