The SABC, con­sul­tants and Canada

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

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Moose Jaw or wher­ever about how to dec­o­rate and fur­nish their log cabins with colours and fur­ni­ture con­sid­ered out of date in Benoni 10 years ago.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

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