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Fred Khumalo: SABC Executives Are “Running a National Asset Like a Spaza Shop”

Zulu Boy Gone CrazyFred Khumalo has written a column about the PriceWaterhouseCoopers audit report on the SABC, which found that “of 842 job titles sampled, the qualifications of a significant number of employees (577) were ‘not authentic’” and “60 percent of executives and senior managers did not meet the minimum requirements for strategic thinking at an executive level”.

Khumalo is shocked by the statistic that 35% of SABC employees sampled “showed disregard for financial information, viewing it ‘at a superficial level’”, because it would seem that a national asset is being run “like a spaza shop”. He writes that we should all be concerned about this, because “the credibility and integrity of our national broadcaster, which we should be proud of, is almost being deemed irredeemable”.

A fish rots from the head, the old Chinese saying tells us.

There’s currently no better place to apply this adage than the SABC where a new skills survey shows that top executives over there are not only breathtakingly clueless when it comes to the jobs they are supposed to be doing, but they also do not have the proper qualifications to execute their mandate.

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