The SABC, consultants and Canada
I ALWAYS LIKE READING Stephen Mulholland’s columns and wholeheartedly agree with his assessment about consultants being paid vast sums for doing the work those hiring them should themselves be doing (28 May). It came as no surprise to be informed by Mulholland that two members of the SABC’s “bloated management” managed – and were presumably allowed to do so by someone above them – to spend R48m of the taxpayer’s money on consultants between October 2007 and April this year while the corporation was running up a loss of R800m.
My gripe with the SABC is that when on the occasions I’ve watched its “Three Stooges” – SABC1, 2 and 3 – it’s invariably been a programme bought from overseas and it’s invariably been Canadian. Old Canadian. VERY OLD Canadian. One programme is hosted by two very light on their feet “boys” showing women how to put on make up and which high-heeled shoes to buy. PLEASE!
Another Canadian programme run by the SABC advises its viewers in Moose Jaw or wherever about how to decorate and furnish their log cabins with colours and furniture considered out of date in Benoni 10 years ago.
The SABC is also flighting a very old series made in the United States starring a very younglooking Matthew Perry called Home Free, which ran for 13 episodes on ABC – in 1993! Perry is better known for his role in the marvellous series of Friends. But Google gave me a – would you believe it? – Canadian link even with Perry. Although born in Williamstown in Massachusetts in the United States in 1969 Perry was “raised” in Ottawa. That’s the capital of Canada. You can’t get away from them…
What does the SABC pay for such