SABC ap­points COO

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FOR­MER tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Chris Maroleng was ap­pointed chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the SABC yes­ter­day, the broad­caster an­nounced on Twit­ter.

Maroleng, who starts his new job on Thurs­day, was pre­vi­ously cor­po­rate af­fairs ex­ec­u­tive at MTN Group, eNCA Africa’s editor and a re­searcher at the In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies.

He is fa­mous for his heated on-air spat with for­mer AWB sec­re­tary-gen­eral An­dré Vis­agie on eNCA in 2010, which led to him say­ing the fa­mous line, “Don’t touch me on my stu­dio”.

The chair­per­son of par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Humprey Max­e­gana, wel­comed the ap­point­ment.

“The com­mit­tee is con­fi­dent the SABC board has se­lected the most suit­able can­di­date for this po­si­tion and trusts the Board has ex­hausted all le­gal pro­cesses in the ap­point­ment,” it said.

“The com­mit­tee also notes the board’s com­mit­ment to fill­ing man­age­rial posts and hopes that the post of chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer and of the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, once filled, will strengthen man­age­ment im­pe­tus at the SABC,” the com­mit­tee said in a state­ment.

OF­FI­CIAL: New SABC chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Chris Maroleng.

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