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SABC appoints Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting COO, replacing Chris Maroleng

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The SABC has appointed Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting COO with immediate effect; van Rooyen will be replacing Chris Maroleng who was dismissed earlier in April.

The newly-appointed South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board has appointed Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting chief operations officer (COO), whose tenure begins immediately. Van Rooyen, who is a technology operations specialist, will be replacing Chris Maroleng, who was dismissed in early April 2019. Maroleng was found guilty on three of the four charges he faced at a disciplinary hearing but has indicated his intentions to appeal the dismissal.

“SABC management and staff will provide Dr van Rooyen with all the necessary support as he assumes his new role,” the board statement read.

Van Rooyen joined the SABC in November 2018 as group executive for media, technology and infrastructure. He holds a PhD (management of technology); MBA (Milpark); MMP (GIBS); National Technical Diploma (telecommunications technology) and attended the Senior Management Programme (University of Stellenbosch) and Converged Network Strategy Programme (University of the North West). He is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and a digital business technologies part-time lecturer at the Wits Business School.

The new COO boasts a career that spans over 28 years and has held several senior management and executive positions at Telkom and Vodacom, across various functions which included operations management, credit management, marketing and sales, wholesale and technology. During his tenure at Vodacom, he established and headed effectiveness programmes in South Africa, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Kenya, Tanzania and, most recently, Ghana.

Abenathi Gqomo
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