SABC is blaming Apartheid for shocking audit report

2014-02-10 11:02
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Zandile Tshabala, chairperson of the SABC board, has ripped into PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) over the independent auditor firm's scathing skills audit report of the beleaguered South African public broadcaster, slamming the audit for allegedly using "outdated" tests on SABC staff she says were used under Apartheid.

The report from PwC from July 2013 about the SABC, was revealed in parliament this past Tuesday. Members of parliament's portfolio committee on communications called the report and its findings "shocking", "very worrying" and a "reality check" for the SABC.

ThePwC report – besides a wide-ranging skills audit of SABC personnel such as asking them to sit for a numeracy test and others – also did fact-based auditing of qualifications such as authenticating matric and tertiary certificates on file.

Besides finding that the SABC is lacking strategic thinkers in tests, PwC asked SABC staff what they think of the public broadcaster as part of the audit. That involved no tests.

- SABC personnel responded that they "do not trust the SABC's management team, or the SABC board" and question "the ability of the above-mentioned". SABC staff had "a negative attitude towards the organisation".

- Not related to any tests and only document and file checking, the PwC report uncovered more than 2 200 SABC staff of which the SABC has no proof on file that they actually passed matric.

- Not related to any tests and only document and file checking, the PwC report uncovered 24 SABC personnel with fraudulent or "non-compliant" matric and Grade 10 certificates.

- The PwC report also found through file checking, more than 100 SABC staff at the SABC of which the broadcaster has no personnel file.

- Not related to any tests and only document and file checking, the PwC audit found SABC staff with "non-related qualifications on file" for example a finance administrator with a diploma in beauty and health.

Tests a ‘system used in a racially divided society to marginalise people’

"One of the things that I'm personally concerned about, what tools did they use to check to make an assessment of competences?" Tshabalala said to Mpho Tsedu, the presenter of Question Time, the daily talk show on the SABC's own 24-hour TV news channel, SABC News (DStv 404).

Tshabalala went on to blast "competences tests" like "psychometric testing".

"There's competences like psychometric tests which has been dropped many years ago, because that was a system used in a racially divided society to marginalise certain people."

"So I'm very interested to understand the intricacies or methodologies that have been deployed by PwC to confirm certain findings in their report," said Tshabalala.

"The report was late," said Tshabalala. "The expectation was that the report was going to be ready in May last year, or something like that. The interim SABC board went to parliament and reported that the report was going to be slightly delayed. And the report finally landed at SABC."

"The report was seen by a few. But they were waiting to make sure that a new SABC board takes over and interrogate the report together with the executive to arrive at a decision. So there have been delays from our side as well, in terms of management and executive meeting and interrogating the report."

"But that does not justify the demeaning statements of saying people are not thinking. It's the worst insult," said Tshabalala.

"There are research companies who told us that president Zuma won't be president – I’m  talking about reputable, top-recommended research companies. And Zuma became the president whether we liked it or we did not like it – Zuma is the current president of South Africa."

"Now even in consulting companies there's consulting companies that are credible, that supply sufficient information, and by no means am I suggesting that PwC is inefficient, but we all need to work with the executives to interrogate line by line of the presentations which have been presented," said Tshabalala.

Although the SABC got the report in mid 2013, Tshabala said "I can't say we've had enough time to run through the report with the executives to make sure".

Watch part of interview here:




Comments

  • Shaun Neveling - 2014-02-10 11:07

    Of course

      Buzzbar - 2014-02-10 11:25

      The reason the tests were dropped years ago (read 1994) is because most of the new AA appointees wouldn't have passed them anyway. You need to note, IQ isn't what you do when waiting to place your order for KFC....

      David - 2014-02-10 11:30

      Ms Tshabala, You should have remained silent and be thought a fool, Now you have spoken and removed all doubt!

      David - 2014-02-10 11:32

      Confucius says: Him that shoots with tongue should be prepared to lose face.

      Badger - 2014-02-10 11:35

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha And that woman with a “Beauty Diploma” has been working there how long ???? Same Ol, Same Ol. Never will take responsibility for anything. 2000 years from now, they will still be blaming everything but themselves.

      SIMPLYSOUTHAFRICAN - 2014-02-10 11:36

      Idiotic cadre.

      Petro Borchard - 2014-02-10 11:39

      "what tools did they use to check to make an assessment of competences" - reading and using their brains to interpret what is there already (yes, I know it is difficult). Ms Tshabalala, do you actually realise how incredibly idiotic you appear to the entire world?

      Lucky Luke - 2014-02-10 12:05

      the best is left to the last: Although the SABC got the report in mid 2013, Tshabala said "I can't say we've had enough time to run through the report with the executives to make sure". slamming the report when not even read!! eish, another brandy please!

      John Smith - 2014-02-10 12:10

      Eish !! Brace yourself. Everything from white's to apartheid and even the weather will be blamed from now until May 7. Just sit back and enjoy the show…..getting angry at their comments won’t help, but hopefully it will be that last straw that breaks the camel’s back…..“holding thumbs”

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-02-10 12:57

      It is amazing that these people, who can talk non stop for hours, but still not say anything of value. And if it takes so long to complete and INTEROGATE a simple report on competence, then surely that in itself is evidence of restricted thinking. In the global company that I worked for we were constantly testing and assessing staff in order to maintain standards. We also had opportunities for staff to asses both their immediate management and higher management, and these assessments were treated with extreme importance. And there was no such thing as racial favour or discrimination. Whether you were English, Germany, Brazilian or Chinese you got the same test and were evaluated on the same basis by a computer not a person, so as to avoid personal perception and possible bias. Failure and success both shaped your possible future with the organization. Responsibility for success or failure rested with the individual. But if you failed you would be given access to the relevant educational materials and tests to enable you to succeed! In the old days of the SABC I know that similar policies were in place until after 1994 when they were considered either unnecessary or UNFAIR as Tshabala eludes to because they might show up racially based inadequacy of some members! And it is clear now that the PwC audit has done just that. It has revealed the gross incompetence of those who think that they are running the SABC.

  • Cjay Thango - 2014-02-10 11:09

    Really Mam, u still blaming apartheid, u really should get with the programme, the public broadcaster should just be accountable and stop putting unqualified people in Top Management...disgraced!!!

      Mike De Fleuriot - 2014-02-10 11:17

      We will be colonising Alpha Centari and the ANC will still be blaming everything on Apartheid.

      Gerd de Cecco - 2014-02-10 12:23

      What does she smoke, I also want some of it!

      Smurwe - 2014-02-10 12:48

      Gerd Its respositories not smoke.. for she is talking #$#^

  • Julian Booyens - 2014-02-10 11:09

    And I suppose that the hot weather we have evertime time this year is also apartheids fault ?

  • Pierre Frewd Juice - 2014-02-10 11:14

    Good lord

  • Nico Minnaar - 2014-02-10 11:15

    OH MY IF THAT IS THEIR DEFENSE THEN WE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.

      Buzzbar - 2014-02-10 11:31

      Nico, we have been in serious trouble for the past 15 years. SAA, SABC, ESKOM, SANDF....

  • Paul Cleverley - 2014-02-10 11:16

    Yip and father Christmas and the tooth fairy are real as well, get over yourselves and stop wallowing in self pity everytime one of your "comrades" get found out for being incompetent and/or having fake qualifications.

  • Reuben Reddy - 2014-02-10 11:17

    so the Blame Game Goes on - IF you cannot get it right - Just Blame it on Someone else _ even that Person Has not Been arround for 20 years . The Question is - What kind of idiots are we dealing with.

      Buzzbar - 2014-02-10 11:33

      Reuben, the problem is, that even with an education it won't help. Look at Zim - supposedly the best education system in Africa. The problem is that an education does not impart common sense, which is seriously lacking.

  • Mpatho Magwaza097 - 2014-02-10 11:18

    Ow wow, this shames me as a black person

      Faahim Dajee - 2014-02-10 11:35

      @Mphato, it shames us all just as humans.

      Ernica Stanford - 2014-02-10 11:58

      It shames me as a South African! It's not nice being the butt of jokes for the whole world 24/7.

      Jo Barton - 2014-02-10 12:04

      @Mpatho Magwaza097 - why should you feel ashamed? Just because you are Black, does not mean that you should be held accountable by her actions.

      Cjay Thango - 2014-02-10 12:54

      @Mpatho you really shouldnt feel ashamed..m blk too and really we are passed that now, so many people like her are in power its really sad, our President for one is a big dush...lets vote gusy lets change this trend its really counts on the ballot lets go and put that X where it rightfully belongs....really sick of people balming apartheid all the TIME its getting pathetic!!....they apoint these people, how can you put a guy (ANC connected) without matric as the SABC COO, how does apartheid factor into that...shame on this lady, its that comrade mentality!!!

  • Tersia Troskie - 2014-02-10 11:20

    When will people stop blaming everything on Apartheid, come on get real!!

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-02-10 11:21

    Does she actually have a job with that simple brain of hers. Pathetic witch. Just say sorry we do not know what we are doing.

  • Charmain Nel - 2014-02-10 11:22

    YOU SHOULD GO BACK TO SLEEP AND THEN WAKE UP STOP THIS CRAP WITH APARTHEIS GET A LIFE

  • Martin Pienaar - 2014-02-10 11:22

    Cannot handle "SUPERIOR" standards now can we...?!!

  • Judith Ann Thompson - 2014-02-10 11:24

    Oh for goodness sake!!!!!!!!! REALLY??????!!!!!

  • Nwanawavhathu Jaycksen - 2014-02-10 11:26

    in limpopo we either take the blame or blame witchcraft but apartheid, For your incompetence? I give up.

  • Ansie Fourie - 2014-02-10 11:27

    Dit is Apartheid se skuld dat sy gebore is.

  • Vusi Mokwena - 2014-02-10 11:33

    - SABC personnel responded that they "do not trust the SABC's management team, or the SABC board" and question "the ability of the above-mentioned". SABC staff had "a negative attitude towards the organisation". - Not related to any tests and only document and file checking, the PwC report uncovered more than 2 200 SABC staff of which the SABC has no proof on file that they actually passed matric. - Not related to any tests and only document and file checking, the PwC report uncovered 24 SABC personnel with fraudulent or "non-compliant" matric and Grade 10 certificates. - The PwC report also found through file checking, more than 100 SABC staff at the SABC of which the broadcaster has no personnel file. - Not related to any tests and only document and file checking, the PwC audit found SABC staff with "non-related qualifications on file" for example a finance administrator with a diploma in beauty and health How do you blame Apartheid for these????

  • Denise Herbst - 2014-02-10 11:34

    If this idiot is the Chairperson then they have no chance of sorting out their problems!

  • Wikus Schalkwyk - 2014-02-10 11:35

    April fools... must be.... Apartheid? Really? I bet most of the employees weren't even born pre-1994. How can this be its fault?

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-02-10 11:36

    ..........saying people are not thinking. It's the worst insult," said Tshabalala. But sooooooo true.

  • Neil Goosen - 2014-02-10 11:38

    Seriously.... PWC is a global auditing firm, not just in SA... has anybody told her that... catch a wake up woman or the SABC for that matter! Man up and stop blaming everyone but yourselves!

  • Ana Curcic - 2014-02-10 11:40

    Epitome of stupidity !

  • Keith Hyslop - 2014-02-10 11:42

    Another example of 'Jobs for pals'.

  • Tommy Jones - 2014-02-10 11:42

    So by asking somebody is they have a proper education and qualifications before appointing them, is an unfair question which should be analyzed. Try another excuse other than apartheid Tshabalala, you smell like gravy.

  • Mabs - 2014-02-10 11:42

    What a joke!!! Could the Beauty Therapist at least have had a Matric Book Keeping certificate!!!!!

  • Ronel Du Preez - 2014-02-10 11:43

    The one thing that she does not realize, we have competent BEE people to do the jobs, but they give their uneducated "friends" and family the jobs and by doing this - every competent BEE person becomes a joke! She belittles every hard working and credit worthy Black person in the service of the SABC by that statement! What a joke!!

  • Matt Cumming - 2014-02-10 11:47

    Psychometric tests are from Apartheid? What rubbish. Cadre deployment is the problem. Uneducated and incompetent

  • Lenderdt Minnie - 2014-02-10 11:47

    Eish !!!!

  • Lesley Adonis - 2014-02-10 11:50

    This is hilarious. Entertainment at its best.

  • Maureen Coetzee Perks - 2014-02-10 11:52

    What else can they blame???? Apartheid :( Get over it!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shatirah Baboo Hassim - 2014-02-10 11:52

    very sad!!!!And they are continuing in their jobs...what next

  • Nick Ferreira - 2014-02-10 11:56

    "people who are not thinking" - clearly you do not know the definition of "critical thinking"

  • Trudy McCabe - 2014-02-10 11:56

    Still blaming apartheid 20 years later, they have nothing else to blame so fall back on the 'same old, same old'. What a farce SABC board is. Would love to do the HR Audit on that so called company!! The appointees are sitting there because of who they know. Watch, another 20 years from now they will still be blaming apartheid!!!

  • Ian Wainwright - 2014-02-10 11:57

    RETARD!

  • Corlie Els Mynhardt - 2014-02-10 11:58

    Yip! The so-called apartheid's norms are hard to even come by, so if you can't beat it, you blame it! Let's face it, it was uncomplicated, efficient and practical. Today it's all about how much and not how good! The county's current state of violence is just an example of unefficiency.

  • James Smythe - 2014-02-10 11:59

    Another AA idiot appointment! And with leadership like this, people wonder why the SABC is a failed organisation! LOL!

  • Maria Madgalena Venter - 2014-02-10 12:02

    The report states that the personnel of the SABC can't think, but they also can't read, it takes them six months or longer to read the report. How many managers do they need to go trough a report, maybe they have been so busy with this one thing, they did not realize that nobody is actually watching the SABC channels. If one cannot afford the pay-TV you might as well not have a TV set.

  • Donald Alisdhair McLennan - 2014-02-10 12:04

    Aw Heck! SABC Chairperson needs to Get a Life! Gosh! How stupid do you really think your nation is?....

  • Djim Bie - 2014-02-10 12:08

    Take down the SABC signaling towers as well , they were build in apartheid time, then don't charge me a TV licence for something I NEVER watch.

  • Stephen Dunkley - 2014-02-10 12:08

    Please sing another song, this one is rally getting stale, even your own support base is starting to say "WTF"............

  • craig.ellis.56829 - 2014-02-10 12:10

    Yawn! The blaming of Apartheid is a seriously old, scratched and broken record, unless you do your job competently then you have no one to blame but yourself, this goes for all races and genders!

  • Erle David Van Tonder - 2014-02-10 12:14

    I am so tired of this old excuse, heavens, come up with something better, maybe blame it on Satan....that hasn't been used in a while.

  • Kathy Burger Hellyar - 2014-02-10 12:17

    Neither of these people know how to speak properly. Enough said about who now runs the SABC. Incompetent fools!!

  • Karin Nicholson - 2014-02-10 12:19

    Sounds really stupid !

  • Anton Dekker - 2014-02-10 12:20

    "Excuse me Madam Tshabala, when you appoint someone with a diploma in beauty therapy as financial manager, how on God's good earth can that be the doing of apartheid? Sorry, just asking! I can't really understand how the ability to decide on a good lipstick colour, is comparable to the finer intrigues of sound financial accounting and fiscal management?"

  • Anton Dekker - 2014-02-10 12:20

    Die bliksemse Strydom, Verwoerd, Vorster en Botha! Wil hulle nie nou maar eens en veraltyd tot ruste kom nie!

  • Leonie Coetzee Holscher - 2014-02-10 12:25

    How long is "Apartheid" going to be blamed for current corruption,misconduct, murder, riots, vandalism and so on and so on? It's been 20 years now that the new government has taken over but yet, all the blame is put on the past. You can not build a future for this country if you keep on looking back for excuses for all the bad things that is currently happening in our country. You will not find the future in the rear view mirror. Take responsibility and accept blame for your own mistakes and misconducts.

  • Stefan Vivier - 2014-02-10 12:30

    Pathetic. She is exhibiting exactly what PwC has stated, with or without Apartheid. What a waist of money.

  • Jay Hull - 2014-02-10 12:31

    Lol so easy to blame apartheid

  • Hydronamix Airtowater - 2014-02-10 12:31

    BHWahahahahahahahahaha. Why am I not surpised. Dear Zandile. The current state the SABC is in proves the report and the PWC foundings - Shocking . Enough said

  • Gil Gidza Motsi - 2014-02-10 12:36

    its funny enough after 20 years of indepence you ar still blaming old goverment.get life sabc!