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SABC appoints new CEO and CFO

The SABC has announced the appointment of a permanent Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, after a long period of acting officials in the broadcaster’s top management positions.

The new CEO is Madoda Mxakwe, a former spokesperson for the Department of Public Service and Administration and currently an executive at Nestlé.

The incoming CFO is Yolande van Biljon, who has held senior posts at Denel and the Road Accident Fund.

They will join Chief Operating Officer Chris Maroleng to make up the SABC’s top management trio from next month.

SABC Board Chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini says, “This is very big for the SABC because stabilising the SABC at that level is very critical. It talks to our ability to comply with our mandate and regulations that govern what we have to do. So we’re very pleased as the Board of the SABC to announce the GCEO for the SABC which is Mr Madoda Mxakwe, effective from 1st of July of this year and the CFO of the SABC is going to be Miss Yolanda van Bijon, she will be starting on Monday, the 25th of June 2018. Both these appointments are in line with the SABC’s commitment to continuously ensure stability within the organization.

Mr. Madoda Mxakwe brings to the SABC a wealth of broad combination of great skills and expertise derived from Senior Executive positions in business, communications and public affairs in both the private and public sector at a national and global level.  He has the required business acumen, experience and decisive leadership skills in business turnarounds and transformation.  He has obtained an MA (Global Political Economy) from Sussex University in the UK, Executive Leadership Developments certificates from London Business School, PGD in Business Administration from Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS) amongst many other qualifications.  He has worked for Nestle serving in different senior capacities, the last one being the country head responsible for Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Ms. Yolande van Biljon comes with a lot of experience gained from various organisations including Denel Dynamics a division of Denel SOC Ltd as Manager for Finance Accounting and later appointed as the CFO.  She has made a meaningful contribution during her tenure at Denel Dynamics where she participated in the turnaround of the organization.  She also has worked at Glad Africa Group (Pty).  She holds a B Com (Accounting), B Compt (Hons), B Comm (Hons) and M Comm (Taxation).  She has also qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996.

These appointments affirm our commitment to attract and retain the best skills to take the SABC to greater heights, particularly to address the evolving broadcasting environment enabled by technology and the changing media consumer patterns.  We are proud to say that these appointments reflect diversity in relation to skills, age, gender and race. 

I would like to use this opportunity on behalf of the Board and management to extend my gratitude to Ms. Nomsa Philiso and Ms. Thabile Dlamini who have held the fort with great diligence until the finalisation of these appointments.

The Board believes that these two appointments will strengthen the organization’s position as a credible and reliable public service content provider.

As part of the continuous efforts to bring stability, we are in the process of finalising other Group Executives appointments in order to achieve sound governance in all the SABC’s business units. We have recently filled in the positions of the COO, Head of Internal Audit, and Group Executive: Human Resources and Group Executive: News and Current Affairs.

Click the link below to watch Bongumusa Makhathini, SABC Board Chairperson.

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