Thursday, July 30, 2009
Free Friday Drinks & Snacks: SAFED Members and all their members welcome
SABC Intercom Update Re-Auditor General to their Staff
Urgent Request - Producers to send info on SABC payments being held up by Asset Register.
The SABC have requested the Television Industry Emergency Coalition (TVIEC) to collate information on any and all payments being held up due to the asset register at SABC.
The SABC have undertaken to expedite the hold-ups on old debts that have a backlog due to assets.
Please urgently provide a simple line-by-line report on any issues you wish to raise in regard to the asset register, as well as examples of monies that have been deducted from assets claimed unreturned.
The TVIEC is negotiating with the SABC on having this system changed and reworked to be more production friendly.
Please send your feedback to email@example.com by Monday 3 August at 12h00. Your assistance in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
DFA AGM 2009 - Minutes & Chairs Report
Friday, July 24, 2009
SOS Update: letter to Parliament, criteria for nominations, public service discussion document, petition etc.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
CWU Press Release - Strike elevated against stubborn SABC
CWU PRESS RELEASE
CWU ELEVATES STRIKE AGAINST STUBBORN
Communication Workers Union and its members are to embark on a second phase of the protected strike action against the
As indicated to the
The rescue request made by the
CWU believe that the prioritization of cost cutting as embarked upon by the
The CWU National Working Committee meeting that will be held on the 24th July 2009, will among others discuss a more effective strike action program against the
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SAFTAS Fees Wavered for 2010 & Deadline Extended
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
SOS Update: new deadlines for SABC Board nominations, public service discussion document etc
- The Ministerial Task Team has been set up to look at a turn-around strategy for the SABC and Sentech, this may lead to recommendations around legislative changes.
- The Discussion Document deals more directly with legislative amendments.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Release: Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking Wins Prestigious Intentional Award
SABC claims cash from Unpaid Producers
A message to those attending the Durban Film Festival
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Monday, July 20, 2009
ICASA's Presentation on "Commissioning of Independently Produced Content"
The industry is currently meeting and working to compile a response.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Please sign the SOS Petition
The “Save our SABC” Campaign believes it is critical that the general public feels ownership of the SABC. It is our SABC. One of the most important ways for us to feel this ownership and for the general public to get actively involved is to put forward names for the Board.
We note that the invitation for nominations has been released and the deadline has been set for the end of this month - 31 July 2009. Further we note that small notices have been placed in the supplementary sections of the Mail&Guardian, Star, Sunday Times and Rapport newspapers.
The Coalition is concerned for two reasons. Firstly, we believe that the nomination period is extremely tight and secondly we believe that the dissemination process as regards notifying the public about the nomination process is wholly insufficient.
PLEASE sign the petition here in order to assist SOS in campaigning to (amongst other items) extend the nomination process to the end of August 2009.
SOS: Nominations for the new permanent SABC Board - details of the process
We need to start getting CVs together from suitable candidates for the new permanent SABC Board. I have sent you through all the official criteria but now we need to focus our minds on the following. We need people who cover the following sets of skills:
Further to that we need to make sure that the following is also considered:
- Corporate governance and finance
- Journalism and media
- Industry knowledge (but people who don't have a conflict of interest through direct involvement in broadcasting)
To ensure that the SABC has editorial independence and can report without fear or favour we need to consider the following disqualifications:
- Demographics - race, gender, good regional spread, age (we need tried and tested experience and new blood)
Organisations need to then start drawing up lists of suitable candidates. They need to approach these candidates to see if they are prepared to stand. If they are prepared to stand then the following needs to be done:
- Political party office bearers
- Senior government officials
- Members of Parliament
- People who have direct involvement in the broadcasting industry
Lets get the nomination process going NOW!!!
- The nominee needs to send you their CV with a letter accepting the nomination.
- You then need to send the CV and the acceptance letter to Parliament. You need to make sure that your organisation's details are also included.
- You need to send this all to Noluthando Skaka at email@example.com
- You can call Noluthando on (021) 403-3751 for further information.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
DTI Training and good practice materials on electronic records management
NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS SERVICE OF SOUTH AFRICA
NASIONALE ARGIEF EN REKORDDIENS VAN SUID-AFRIKA
DIAKHAEFE TŠA BOSETŠHABA TŠA AFRIKA BORWA
INQOLOBANE YOKUGCINA AMAGUGU KAZWELONKE ENINGIZIMU AFRIKA
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Tel: (012) 441 3200; Fax: (012) 323 5287
15 July 2009
TO MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHIVAL AND
RECORDS MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
TRAINING AND GOOD PRACTICE MATERIALS ON ELECTRONIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT
1. I have pleasure in drawing your attention to the availability of a set of training and good practice guidance materials on managing records in the electronic environment. The materials have been produced by the International Records Management Trust (IRMT) for the benefit of the public sector world-wide. The preparation was funded by the UK Department for International Development, and the ARMA International Education Foundation has generously helped to fund the distribution. The IRMT gratefully acknowledges their support in making the materials available.
2 Copies of these materials may be downloaded from the IRMT’s website at: http://www.irmt.org/researchReports.html.
3. It is internationally recognised that the move toward e-government brings new possibilities for strengthening governance and for economic and social development in terms of improving government services, supporting increased accountability and enabling governments to manage state resources more effectively. However, the discipline required to manage records held in digital media is not generally recognised, and there tends to be inadequate attention to the quality of documentary evidence; and records management tends not to be incorporated in e-government programmes. It is intended that the materials should provide a step toward addressing this situation and introducing records management as a critical component of electronic government.
4. While the materials were designed for use internationally, it would be important for governmental bodies in South Africa to use the guidelines within the regulatory framework specific to South Africa. The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act (No 43 of 1996 as amended), which is administered by the Department of Arts and Culture through the National Archivist, regulates the management of current records of governmental bodies. The Act contains provisions specifically regarding the use of electronic records systems, viz. that the National Archivist shall determine the conditions subject to which electronic records systems in governmental bodies shall be managed [section 13(2)(a)]. To facilitate the provision of prescripts, a manual Managing Electronic Records in Governmental Bodies: Policy, Principles and Requirements has been produced. The essential requirements are contained in a synoptic Advisory Pamphlet (No 2): Electronic Records and the law: What governmental bodies need to know. These materials are accessible on the website of the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa http://www.national.archives.gov.za under the links Services to Governmental Bodies and Records Management Publications. Hard copies may also be requested from the National Archives and Records Service. These prescripts should be used in the context of the overarching policy framework for the management of current records of governmental bodies contained in the Records Management Policy Manual, which is also accessible on the National Archives and Records Service’s website and may be requested in hard copy.
5. This information is being brought to the attention of heads of national and provincial governmental bodies, because it has been noted that the personal support and commitment of top management is a critical factor in the success of implementing electronic records systems. In practice, the materials would be used by departmental Records Managers in consultation with Chief Information Officers. To ensure wide distribution, this notice is also being sent to the members of the various archival and records management professional associations.
6. Enquiries regarding the National Archives and Records Service’s guidelines for governmental bodies regarding the management of electronic records may be directed to Ms Erna-Marié Pretorius, e-mail Erna.Pretorius@dac.gov.za or Mr Clive Kirkwood, e-mailClive.Kirkwood@dac.gov.za.
7. I trust that these prescripts and guidelines will serve to advance the sound management of public records, which is an essential foundation for good governance and governmental accountability.
Dr Graham Dominy
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Open Letter from SABC Union to SABC Interim Board
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
SASFED supports as SABC staff strike against the "Damagement"
Members of MWASA, CWU, BEMAWU and supporters such as those from SASFED, the TVIEC, S.O.S, COSATU and the South African Communist Party all gathered behind the Sentech Tower this morning, despite the icy wind in Johannesburg to rally in support of the SABC staff. Addressing the assembled crowd - SOS and the TVIEC pledged their support for the SABC staff and their determination to see real reform within the SABC management.
The protestors marched slowly down the street and gathered outside Radio Park, singing protest songs and waving banners reading "We demand our 12,2%."
Protestors demanded that the SABC management address them face to face and receive a memorandum of demands, which acting groep CEO, Gab Mampone, (after repeatedly being assured that his safety would not be compromised) accepted on behalf of the SABC. Workers at the SABC made it clear that the current economic recession was not to be blamed for the crisis at the SABC but rather corrupt and ineffecient management. A union representative said "We are, ourselves, paying to get to work everyday - but they still have their (company) petrol cards!" The unions refuse to consider anything less than a 12,2% salary increase across the board as there is no sign of change within management.
Union representatives repeatedly cautioned the SABC management that further action would follow if their demands were not met. The memorandum stipulated that the SABC had two days to formally respond to the unions' demands, else the matter would be elevated.
Gab Mampone, though seemingly rather reluctant to speak, assured the crowd that the memorandum of demands would be addressed.
To see a media release from the Unions today - click here and to see the memorandum of demands issued by the Unions today - click here
Monday, July 13, 2009
Nominations: Appointment of SABC Board Members
- Are suited to serve on the Board by virtue of their qualifications, expertise and experience in the fields of broadcasting policy and technology, broadcasting regulation, media law, business practice and finance, marketing, journalism, entertainment and education, as well as social and labour issues
- Are committed to fairness, freedom of expression, the right of the public to be informed, as well as openness and accountability on the part of those holding public office
- Represent a broad cross-section of the population of the Republic
- Are committed to the objectives and principles as enunciated in the Charter of the SABC.
- The full name, address and contact numbers of the person or organisation making the nomination
- A signed acceptance of the nomination by the nominee
- A Curriculum Vitae of the nominee, providing the following information: