SABC board, executive appear before NCOP Select Committee

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The SABC board and executive are expected to virtually appear before the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communications on Wednesday.

The public broadcaster is expected to brief the Select Committee on what the SABC is doing to address its operational and financial challenges.

Last week, the SABC presented its annual report and financial statements for the 2020-2021 financial year to the Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies.

The select committee is expected to engage the SABC on money owed to creditors, unpaid TV licenses fees and how it reduced costs through retrenchments.

Split over retrenchment causes even deeper division:

Meanwhile as of Wednesday, there is exactly eleven months left  before the 12 non-executive SABC Board’s five year term of office comes to an end next year.

The board’s appointment was confirmed by former President Jacob Zuma on 17 October  2017.

However, eight board members resigned before their term ended.

Following the vacancies, eight new board candidates were successfully selected through a parliamentary process and appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in April 2019, to serve the remaining five years which officially comes to an end, for the entire board in October 2022.