President Cyril Ramaphosa appoints new SABC Board

The President has appointed a new board for SABC but retained Bongumusa Makhathini as chairperson.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed the new South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board. 

Bongumusa Makhathini will be retained as SABC chairperson and former consumer councillor Mamodupi Mohlala-Malaudzi will be stepping in as deputy board chairperson.

The decision to appoint a new board comes a day after President Cyril met with the Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams.

The other seven vacancies on the board went to: 

  1. Papayya Media founder and executive director Mary Papayya
  2. University of Limpopo chief audit executive Jasmina Patel
  3. UNISA vice principal of operations and facilities Marcia Socikwa
  4. Former South Africa’s Constitutional Commission for Cultural, Religious & Linguistic Rights council member Bernedette Muthien
  5. City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality secretary Advocate Benjamin Motshedi Lekalakala
  6. University of Durban-Westville vice chancellor and principal Professor Sathasivan Cooper
  7. Gauteng Premier deputy director of policy and governance David Maimela

The President said he was satisfied with all the names and processes that were followed by the National Assembly to choose the best candidates. 

A statement by SABC said: 

“The appointment of the eight new board members including Mohlala-Mulaudzi and the retention of Makahthini will bring the current four member non-executive inquorate board back to become fully functional.”