SABC salaries revealed

2011-10-20 07:19
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – They're raking in millions – the SABC's champagne crowd of top executives has proved that although struggling, the South African public broadcaster still provides well-paying employment, if you can get it.

According to the SABC's latest annual report for 2010/2011 that was officially presented to parliament on Tuesday, Dr Ben Ngubane, the chairperson of the SABC board, received a total remuneration in the year ending on March 2011 of R444 000.

That, however, is little compared to the remuneration of some other SABC employees.

Ngubane's income from the SABC as the highest ranking board member completely pales in comparison to Thelma Melk's total remuneration of R1.75m that she received for the same period, according to the report.

Melk is the SABC's company secretary. She was recently suspended by the SABC, allegedly for "poor work performance".

Another high income executive earner at the SABC is Richard Waghorn. He is the SABC's chief technology officer. Waghorn's total remuneration package as stated in the annual report is R3.74m.

Robin Nicholson received R4.13m as the chief financial officer and acting group CEO of the SABC. He left the broadcaster on July 22 when his contract was suddenly not renewed in yet another top management shake-up that will probably see the SABC also paying him further millions in claims, just like the previously axed CEOs.

Largest sum

The biggest remuneration package in the annual report for the period under review went to SABC executive Phumelele Ntombela-Nzimande, the wife of higher education minister Blade Nzimande.

She was axed in February in the SABC's restructuring. She's the single highest earner at the SABC in the year under review and according to the annual report received a total remuneration of R4.7m.

The SABC is spending R8.4m on the refurbishment of the 28th and 29th floors of Auckland Park headquarters according to the annual report.

Never really appointed

Meanwhile, the SABC revealed to a shocked parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday that the acting group head of human capital services, Justice Ndaba, who's embroiled in a salacious private scandal, was actually never appointed in the position and is a private consultant – something never before told to government.

Although Ndaba was seen on television, spoke and answered questions several times in parliament in the capacity of running human resources at the SABC, Ngubane told parliament on Tuesday that Ndaba was never hired and appointed but is in fact a private consultant. Furthermore the SABC paid large sums for Ndaba's studies – which included international travel – which were never completed.

Ngubane told the stunned portfolio committee that the SABC planned to hire Ndaba but didn't.

"When we came to preparing for the interviews it came out that there's judgments against him," said Ngubane. 

Eric Kholwane, chairperson of the portfolio committee, was furious and wanted to know from the SABC how the broadcaster could finance the studies of what turns out to actually be a private consultant.

Thinus Ferreira is a TV and media expert. Read his blog here.



  • Wikus - 2011-10-20 07:37

    And why is anyone surprised???

      Rory - 2011-10-20 07:45

      Who said we were?

      Ann - 2011-10-20 08:17

      This is just despicable that people are enriching themselves in this way - I know we should not be surprised, but I feel totally disgusted and disillusioned at the state of affairs in our country. And then they have the cheek to dish up the absolute rubbish and antiquated movies and believe that the South African public should be paying for it ...

      jeffery.stokes - 2011-10-20 08:25

      not one bit. not even by the whites been on the gravy train.

      Fred - 2011-10-20 09:35

      Anything controlled by the ANC where it's cadres are milking the country cannot suprise anyone. I can't believe that anyone in his/her right mind can't see that we are going to end up the #1 Banana Republic in the world .... even worse than Zimbabwe.

      nazze.duplessis - 2011-10-20 10:32

      yup, they will never learn.

  • jack.kukard - 2011-10-20 07:40

    The long graivy train continues to grow....

  • Sharon - 2011-10-20 07:46

    This is not surprising Wikus ..........just read the names of some people and you will realise that it is one favour for another in this ANC run "beautiful rainbow" nation. Some how this has to stop..more and more people are dying of hunger or being killed for as little as a cell phone because they want money for drugs which helps cover their reality. Wake up ANC

  • Callan - 2011-10-20 07:51

    Eish, and why do we not watch SABC? Hey Blade, you & your wife are doing pretty well for dedicated communists, you go bru! Banana anyone?

      fishycraig - 2011-10-20 13:21

      I can't afford a banana. Anything else I can throw at them?

  • pat.pugheparry - 2011-10-20 07:58

    I want to work for the SABC.

      Linda - 2011-10-20 08:09

      Who said any of them work?

      mstemela - 2011-10-20 09:35

      I MUST START MAKING FRIENDS WITH the president otherwise i'll die penniless

  • Tebogo - 2011-10-20 08:17

    There we go again, only some months ago they went to parliament with hat in hand begging for a bail out, they got millions and weeks later, they were on boat cruises, lots of booze and all at the Vaal dam and Haartebeespoort dam in the guise 'we are entertaining clients'. Now they are getting paid exorbitant salaries. Their news crew do not have cars to ferry them around to do their job. Why do we always allow this failure by these irresponsible, selfish and careless officials. We are in big trouble if we allow this...

  • Yar - 2011-10-20 08:23

    The salaries are outrageous. The performance is disgusting. Together it no more than organised crime. Crime organised by the ANC for its' cadres. Whose heads should roll?

  • Mzamo - 2011-10-20 08:32

    R4.74m p.a. (R395 000 p.m.)!!! No wonder why other people are so reach!! Please give me tips!!

      cameronrh1 - 2011-10-20 09:13

      Work for government...

      Eunice - 2011-10-20 10:06

      @Mzamo..u mean 'rich'?

      Robin - 2011-10-24 21:11

      omw...and sabc sucks, its a disgrace.

  • Demola Adebiyi - 2011-10-20 08:38

    Whoever watches SABC?

      Kevin - 2011-10-20 11:51

      is it still on . I thought they just took our liscense money and bought new BMWs

  • Aquila - 2011-10-20 08:49

    "Renumeration". Sigh. Journalists.

  • Lesley - 2011-10-20 08:49

    absolutely disgusting, and the new line up on sabc is awful, don't even switch the tv on until e news at 7.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-20 08:52

    This is just sad. Porduction companies have to make programmes at the same budgets as 3-4 years ago. Freelance workers at the SABC are not covered should the hurt themselves (Like I did when on of ther chairs collapsed under me and I hurt my back) Contracts don't get signed in time and numerous freelance people (the very people that keep the programmes on air) just have to go another month without payment. Will this ever stop???

  • dfoxcroftlouw - 2011-10-20 08:55

    Despicable!!! With all the smut that is shown on TV and the lack of good quality programs - increases are not warranted. Who ever chooses what programmes are aired - needs to get fired!!!

  • Pieter - 2011-10-20 08:56

    This is so sad. Production companies have tp produce programmes at the same rates as 3-4 years ago. Freelance people are not covered should they hurt themselves on the premises (I hurt my back 3 weeks ago when one of there chairs collapsed and I had to spend about R3 000 on doctors and physio. Contracts dont get signed in time so that numerous freelance people just have to go another month without pay. The very people that keep the SABC on air!! The fat cats certainly just look after themselves. Will this EVER END.

  • Koos - 2011-10-20 09:07

    and they complain there is no money to pay people... bloody cANCer money suckers!!!!

  • MattQ4 - 2011-10-20 09:09

    Don't pay your TV license.. it's the right thing to do :) Occupy your own finances but stopping the flow of money to the criminals

  • Luce - 2011-10-20 09:51

    You know it's absolutely SICKENING to read all this, my word, what make these people so 'special and worthy' to receive such a salary? People are dying out there of hunger and poverty and these 'fat cats' are sitting 'pretty' all the time?!!! And worse, they are pointing fingers at the 'whites' to be the so-called capatalists????

  • Colette - 2011-10-20 09:54

    This is obviously why they can't afford to show us Survivor & Amazing Race anymore. Only valid reason I still had for paying my TV licence.

      Kevin - 2011-10-20 11:53

      stop paying your liscense

      Riëtte - 2011-10-20 12:45

      You said it, now we get stuck with bottom of the foodchain local productions which is an insult to people's intelegence, i.e Askies...

  • Jay - 2011-10-20 10:01

    Sadly speaking, once again MY Licence Fees & MY Tax Payments go to lining pockets of SINGLE BRAIN CELLED OXYGEN THIEVES. The criteria to be an SABC BOARD member are as follows: 1) Be connected to some ANC / BBBEE organisation. 2) Have NO CLUE of Financial or Business Accumin. 3) Possess NO CONSCIENCE of serving the SA Taxpayer. 4) Prove that you are always willing to be dismissed with a GOLDEN HANDSHAKE as YOU are destined to work as little as possible and earn as much as you can. Just ask the ordinary employees. 5) Be oblivious to all the NON COMPLIANCE activities and POOR FINANCIAL WASTE that occurs under your own noses. (86 Vehicles @ R20 Milllion Saga that Talk Radio 702 has just exposed) One day when I grow up, maybe I will be given a FREE TICKET on this GRAVY TRAIN that is currently so FULL of incompetent appointees. I REST MY CASE.

  • valkyriaza - 2011-10-20 10:39

    SO completely unsurprising

  • Myth - 2011-10-20 11:05

    Absolutely shameful.

  • ssl007 - 2011-10-20 11:43

    Save millions, improve radio & TV - Fire political appointees and hire people who understand broadcasting. Very easy

  • Kevin - 2011-10-20 11:50

    This useless organization uses the money that tv liscenses bring in to give t.v to the people who dont pay for there liscenses. This loss making bad organization is another prime example of why the anc is not running the country with any conviction and has only its own interests at heart. Why are all top executives anc husbands or wives or old anc stalwarts. Why do we not employ people who can actually do the job. These salaries are outrageous.

  • sihlemlambo - 2011-10-20 12:03

    But the SABC though, like can we stop now, seriously. It's seriously not funny anymore

  • Riëtte - 2011-10-20 12:42

    "Furthermore the SABC paid large sums for Ndaba's studies" - so which subject covers visiting prostitutes? Though he couldn't even successfully accomplish that one, with non-payment and all that...

  • Gordon - 2011-10-20 12:45

    Wow! this can't be true, is it possible that people can earn that much?

  • Brandon - 2011-10-20 12:56

    This is absolutely sickening. Blade the communist (his wife) earning R400 000 per month? If I tally all the wasteful expenditure brought to light in the past 2 weeks alone then their is a good case for not having to pay increased taxes for the following few years. Is their not some sort of court action that we as the public can take to refuse to pay any increased taxes until this corrupt government get's its house in order and provide proof that it is spending our money as it is intended to be spent?

  • Luke300 - 2011-10-20 12:57

    He is a Comrade. Why are you asking these stupid questions?

  • Jerhone - 2011-10-20 13:40

    thats why they dish up such crap on tv.

  • H.a. - 2011-10-20 16:48

    Can i get my R250 back now? Would rather eat than watch the absolute garbage on TV anyways

  • Robin - 2011-10-24 21:34

    Wonder if Blade thinks his wife did R400k's work a month at the SABC...

  • roberta.keeling - 2011-11-03 13:33

    "The biggest remuneration package in the annual report for the period under review went to SABC executive Phumelele Ntombela-Nzimande, the wife of higher education minister Blade Nzimande." Not bad for the wife of S.A."s biggest so called communist! Between his R1 million plus income and hr R4.7 package, I'm seriously considering becoming a communist! Seems to pay better then being a capitalist!!

  • Joseph - 2011-11-03 15:35

    No surprise..That's Sabc for you....

  • Joseph - 2011-11-03 15:36

    I'm not surprised. That's the Sabc for you. They know nothing will happen to them cause they are tried and tested comnrades so a simple apology will make the issues to be put under the carpet..

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