Friday, January 21, 2011

SASFED Statement on Resignation of Mr Solly Mokoetle at SABC

21 January 2011

The SA Screen Federation (SASFED), representing the independent film and TV production sector welcomes the resignation of Mr Solly Mokoetle in light of the delay this and other factors have caused in the SABC implementing a viable turnaround strategy.

SASFED notes the damage that has already been done to the independent film & television production industry due to the lack of effective leadership at the SABC over the past few years. We look forward to a swift and transparent process in appointing a new CEO who has the appropriate broadcasting experience, vision and leadership skills to lead a turnaround at the national broadcaster.

SASFED strongly supports ongoing consultation between the SABC and the film & television production sector in developing a turnaround strategy that can build a healthier and sustainable national broadcaster.

The SASFED Chair, Feizel Mamdoo, commented on the resignation, "SASFED reaffirms its support for transparent and accountable governance at the SABC and in all its dealing with the film & TV industry and the wider public. SASFED looks forward to engaging with the SABC on its turnaround strategy to alleviate the bottlenecks that have occurred in the commissioning of new programs."