SABC boss’ du­bi­ous R877 000 BONUS

Broad­caster says it was paid to Nomsa Philiso while she headed its com­mer­cial di­vi­sion – but it was paid for work be­fore then

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The SABC this week had to scram­ble to ex­plain the dis­crep­ancy be­tween a whop­ping R877 000 bonus for its act­ing group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Nomsa Philiso and the rea­son she claimed to have re­ceived the money. The bonus prompted ques­tions in Par­lia­ment this week, but the pub­lic broad­caster was adamant that she earned it through sheer hard work.

The SABC’s lat­est an­nual re­port revealed that Philiso earned a to­tal of R3.37 mil­lion in the year ended March 2016. This in­cluded bonuses and com­mis­sions to the tune of R877 000.

This while she was one of the pub­lic broad­caster’s sales­peo­ple – long be­fore she be­came its head hon­cho.

Act­ing SABC chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Tha­bile Dlamini told Par­lia­ment this week that the bonus came from an in­cen­tive scheme in the SABC’s com­mer­cial en­ter­prises di­vi­sion, which in­cen­tivises staff who meet their tar­gets.

How­ever, while Dlamini told MPs that Philiso earned the money for head­ing the com­mer­cial en­ter­prises di­vi­sion, City Press has es­tab­lished that dur­ing the pe­riod for which she re­ceived the bonus, she was not head­ing the di­vi­sion.

Philiso was only ap­pointed as the group ex­ec­u­tive for com­mer­cial en­ter­prises in April 2015.

Con­fronted with this in­for­ma­tion on Fri­day, SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago ex­plained to City Press that be­fore Philiso’s ap­point­ment as group ex­ec­u­tive for com­mer­cial en­ter­prises in April

2015, she was the gen­eral man­ager for sales op­er­a­tions, a unit within the com­mer­cial en­ter­prises di­vi­sion – thus mak­ing her one of about 300 em­ploy­ees who qual­i­fied for the in­cen­tive scheme in the unit.

DA spokesper­son Phumzile van Damme, who is a mem­ber of the par­lia­men­tary port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions, had wanted to know how the SABC could pay a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive a bonus or com­mis­sion of al­most R1 mil­lion while it was in se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

“That di­vi­sion has about 300 em­ploy­ees who par­tic­i­pate in the scheme,” said Dlamini.

“The way the scheme is struc­tured is that, at the be­gin­ning of the year, we de­cide what the an­nual tar­get is that we are chas­ing, which is a com­mer­cial tar­get.”

Dlamini went on to tell the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee that the team of 300 em­ploy­ees – in­clud­ing the ex­ec­u­tive heads of the di­vi­sion – were in­cen­tivised for meet­ing the tar­get us­ing a spe­cific for­mula to cal­cu­late “the over­per­for­mance that has to be paid out”.

She said this was how the mar­ket op­er­ated in terms of other broad­cast­ers as well.

She ex­plained Philiso’s bonus as “an over­lap of the 2014/15 fis­cal, which was a good year in terms of per­for­mance for com­mer­cial en­ter­prises”.

“She was head­ing the di­vi­sion at the time,” added Dlamini in a state­ment not chal­lenged by MPs, but which City Press has seen is in­con­sis­tent with her ap­point­ment in April 2015.

She ex­plained that the scheme was based on the eco­nomic value add, whereby a tar­get is set and for any ex­cess that is brought back to the busi­ness, a for­mula is used to cal­cu­late what should be paid out to each em­ployee.

Kganyago ex­plained that the amount re­flected in the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year orig­i­nated from “the bank­able amount in fi­nan­cial year 2014/15”.

“It is there­fore cor­rect to say that it is an over­lap from the 2014/15 fis­cal,” he said.

Philiso was ap­pointed act­ing CEO in July. For­mer com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo ex­tended Philiso’s and other se­nior ex­ec­u­tives’ act­ing ap­point­ments.

Both the SABC and the com­mu­ni­ca­tions depart­ment have pre­vi­ously told City Press that Philiso was one of the three names rec­om­mended by the in­terim board for the per­ma­nent po­si­tion of group CEO at the SABC. How­ever, she is not con­sid­ered a favourite for the po­si­tion.

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