SABC: money for noth­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

NO WON­DER the SABC is down the tube for nearly R1 bil­lion when it has to fork out more than R11 mil­lion to end the con­tract of a sus­pended CEO who didn’t work for 18 months but still got full pay. Of course, ask­ing who is to be blamed for the huge loss is only a di­ver­sion to con­fuse the peo­ple.

Be­fore the call went out for 15 new board mem­bers, the gov­ern­ment had strug­gled in the past to get enough ap­pli­cants to fill the posts.

Not so this time, 150 candidates were an­nounced on the ra­dio be­fore a shout from the back said, “over 200”.

Gov­ern­ment ap­pointees like th­ese be­lieve that they should be paid the same as in pri­vate en­ter­prise.

Pri­vate en­ter­prises pay big salaries only be­cause they make big prof­its. If they made a loss of R1m, they would be out on their ear with hardly a cent. How­ever, in gov­ern­ment jobs, they don’t mea­sure per­for­mance.

Let’s hope that af­ter (Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus) Des­mond Tutu’s praises, our pres­i­dent will avoid po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees, nepo­tism, and cronies.

Do the right thing and ap­point the most ca­pa­ble per­son for the job.

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