On Friday, 26 January, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) officially gazetted the vacant Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position at the company.
Making the notice in government gazette No. 4104, the state-owned broadcaster specified that it is on the hunt for a new CFO, who in “partnership with the executive management, will provide progressive leadership, excellent financial skills and strong administration capabilities in evaluating the SABC’s service delivery model and in providing new, innovative ideas to the organisation’s financial services.”
According to the notice, the ideal candidate must have “at least 10 years’ experience managing a complex financial operation”, an “educational background including a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in finance or business administration with finance” and “must be qualified as a CA (SA)”
The position is open for applications until Friday, 2 February 2018. Those wishing to apply must submit their applications to: email@example.com.
The SABC has been the subject of intense political interference, characterised by incompetence and financial mismanagement in recent years. A new Board of Directors was appointed in October 2017, and there seems to be a concerted effort on its part to turn things around at SABC, though the relationship between the Broadcaster and its political principal – the Communications Ministry, remains, at best, tense.
Whoever finally occupies the role of Chief Financial Officer will have an unenviable challenge of helping the Broadcaster in what it calls its “slow but steady” path to “economic recovery.”