Frans Matlala appointed new SABC GCEO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has appointed Frans Matlala as the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO). Matlala, a former banking executive and consultant to the SABC, takes over from Lulama Mokhoba who resigned as CEO last year.

SABC board deputy chairperson Leah Khumalo said, The board is excited and confident that the right person with the leadership, skills and qualifications has been appointed. In addition Mr Matlala has previously served as project and strategic support to the board and the executive directors of the organisation. The Board, management and staff will provide Mr Matlala with all the support he will need during his tenure and we wish him well .

The DA released a statement on the appointment saying there was cause for cautious optimism but that Matlala seemed to carry the necessary qualifications and experience for the role. However, the party also stated, There are some question marks around the process to appoint Mr Matlala. With only six members, the board is three short of the quorum it requires to make legally binding decisions such as the appointment of a new CEO. The DA is looking into this.

Matlala stated, I am excited and humbled by the confidence that the SABC board has in me to lead this important institution in South Africa. I have a mammoth task to serve the South African public in fulfilling the public service broadcaster s mandate to its full potential and beyond. I have faith that with the work that has already been done, the foundation has been laid and we will work as a collective to achieve our goals.