23 May 2019


SABC appoints Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting COO, replacing Chris Maroleng

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The SABC has appointed Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting COO with immediate effect; van Rooyen will be replacing Chris Maroleng who was dismissed earlier in April.

The newly-appointed South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board has appointed Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting chief operations officer (COO), whose tenure begins immediately. Van Rooyen, who is a technology operations specialist, will be replacing Chris Maroleng, who was dismissed in early April 2019. Maroleng was found guilty on three of the four charges he faced at a disciplinary hearing but has indicated his intentions to appeal the dismissal.

“SABC management and staff will provide Dr van Rooyen with all the necessary support as he assumes his new role,” the board statement read.

Van Rooyen joined the SABC in November 2018 as group executive for media, technology and infrastructure. He holds a PhD (management of technology); MBA (Milpark); MMP (GIBS); National Technical Diploma (telecommunications technology) and attended the Senior Management Programme (University of Stellenbosch) and Converged Network Strategy Programme (University of the North West). He is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and a digital business technologies part-time lecturer at the Wits Business School.

The new COO boasts a career that spans over 28 years and has held several senior management and executive positions at Telkom and Vodacom, across various functions which included operations management, credit management, marketing and sales, wholesale and technology. During his tenure at Vodacom, he established and headed effectiveness programmes in South Africa, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Kenya, Tanzania and, most recently, Ghana.
Source: Political Anaysis South Africa


Encounters South African Documentary Festival re-appoints former festival director

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has appointmented Mandisa Ralane as festival director for its 21st edition (June 6-16, 2019).

Ralane returns to the festival having previously been director from 2007 to 2012. During that time she acted as an international ambassador for the South African film industry. This included setting up partnerships with Sichuan TV Festival in China; with the French Embassy in South Africa, where she coordinated the first Afriadoc SA documentary writing residency; and with Al Jazeera English, in which 20 African documentaries were pitched to the global broadcaster.

She has recently been in management in the academic and government sector.

The festival has also announced the appointment of two new board members, Moroba Nkawe and Azania Muendane.

Nkawe has over 15 years experience in the industry, producing films through Dv8 Films including Oliver Hermanus Shirley Adams, Madoda Ncayiyana’s Izulu Lami and Darrell Roodt’s Zimbabwe.

Muendane was head of marketing and communications at South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation from 2007 to 2017, and has previously been project manager of the South African Film and Television Awards and a producer of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Film & TV Awards. She also runs a film facilitation and marketing business looking at strategies for filmmakers and government agencies.

Nkawe and Muendane join the four existing board members Dumia Buhle Ntsebeza, Ciraj Rassool and film producers and festival co-founders Steven Markovitz and Nodi Murphy.

Source: Screen Daily