SABC clips Bassie’s wings


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‘ We don ’ t know why they say Bo­nang doesn ’ t fit their im­age ’

FOR­MER Miss South Africa and busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Ku­malo has been re­duced to a lame duck boss by the SABC.

The re­al­i­sa­tion that the SABC is the back­seat driver of Ku­malo’s ve­hi­cle comes af­ter the cor­po­ra­tion chewed out her pro­posal to hire Mzansi’s so-called “It” girl, Bo­nang Matheba, as her new Top Billing pre­sen­ter.

Top Billing, which is pro­duced by Ku­malo’s Tswelopele Pro­duc­tions, is aired on SABC3.

Ku­malo wanted to poach Matheba from SABC1, where she presents youth mu­sic pro­gramme Live with Sizwe Dhlomo.

But SABC3 re­jected her plan, say­ing Matheba didn’t fit their im­age.

An in­for­mant close to the sit­u­a­tion says Ku­malo was dev­as­tated by the cor­po­ra­tion’s decision but shook it off and moved on with her busi­ness.

“We don’t know why they say Bo­nang doesn’t fit their im­age as she’s the same age as Salam­ina Mos­ese. We thought she (Ku­malo) had full con­trol but it seems this is not the case,” says our mole.

Ku­malo con­firms she couldn’t ac­quire Matheba’s ser­vices.

“I like that kid. That’s se­ri­ous tal­ent. I was told that they have big­ger plans for her, so I have gra­ciously ac­cepted that,” says the preg­nant Ku­malo.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago de­fends SABC3’S decision to re­ject Ku­malo’s pro­posal.

“The tele­vi­sion chan­nels have the right to de­cide on per­son­al­i­ties that fit their im­age.

“When pro­duc­ers en­gage with the sta­tions they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to un­der­stand the im­age and give them what they want,” he says.

Matheba re­ferred us to SABC1 public re­la­tions man­ager Vuk­ile Madlala, who couldn’t be reached for com­ment at the time of go­ing to press.


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‘NO WAY’: Bassie wanted SABC1 pre­sen­ter Bo­nang Matheba

Picture by Shel­ley Chris­tians

AC­CEPT­ING: Baset­sana Ku­malo re­spects the decision.

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