SABC clips Bassie’s wings
EX-BEAUTY QUEEN DENIED HER PICK OF THE LITTER
‘ 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
ACCEPTING: Basetsana Kumalo respects the decision.