Monday, September 6, 2010

Invitation to attend the sos coalition, Cosatu and constitution hill joint seminar

The "SOS: Support Public Broadcasting" Coalition

30th August 2010

INVITATION TO ATTEND THE SOS COALITION, COSATU AND CONSTITUTION HILL JOINT SEMINAR ON: THE SABC CRISIS – FINDING LASTING SOLUTIONS.

The SOS Coalition in partnership with COSATU and Constitution Hill take great pleasure in inviting you to a seminar on “The SABC Crisis – Finding Lasting Solutions” to be held on the 7th September 2010.

A number of recent events point to a deepening and worsening governance and management crisis at the SABC. The crises include issues surrounding the appointment of the Head of News, and alleged problems with financial management including the distribution of bonuses etc. We hope the seminar will air all the issues and allow for frank discussion with the purpose of finding “lasting solutions” to this very important public institution.

The partners for this event are:

The “SOS: Support Public Broadcasting” Coalition which represents a number of trade unions (including Cosatu, Fedusa and Bemawu), a host of NGOs (including Media Monitoring Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute and Misa-SA), CBOs (including the Freedom of Expression Network), industry related bodies (including the South African Screen Federation), academics and freedom of expression activists. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Constitution Hill are also co-hosting the event.

The venue for the seminar is the historic Constitution Hill, the home of the protector of our basic rights and freedoms.

Invited speakers include:
  • Minister of Communications: General (Rtd.) Siphiwe Nyanda (tbc)
  • SABC Board representative
  • ICASA representative
  • Mr. Patrick Craven: COSATU Spokesperson
  • Ms. Kate Skinner: SOS Coordinator
  • Mr, Feizel Mamdoo – Co-Chair South African Screen Federation (SASFED)
The discussion will be moderated by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Tawana Kupe.

The details of the seminar are:

Date: 7th September 2010
Time: 18h30 – 20h30
Venue: Old Fort Conference Room, Constitution Hill.
(Entrance on Kotze Street and parking is on Joubert Street)

Please rsvp with Jayshree Pather (jayshree.pather@vodamail.co.za) by Friday, 3rd September 2010.