SENTECH chief executive Sebiletso Mokone-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂMatabane and her senior managementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s days are numbered, writes Lloyd Gedye in the Mail & Guardian.
The Mail & Guardian has in its possession an internal ministry of communications report that calls for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œserious considerationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â to be given to replacing the board and executive management.
The report calls for an interim management structure to be put in place at the parastatal to oversee SentechÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s turnaround strategy.
It has been reported that Sentech board members Yvonne Muthien and Deenadayalen Konar have already resigned.
The beleaguered parastatal is expected to post a loss for the 2009-10 financial year of between R123-million and R214-million. This follows R191-million in losses posted between 2005 and 2009.
It emerged this week that Sentech will be called to account before Parliament in two weeksÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ time.
Sentech is a broadcast signal Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âdistributor and has attempted to diversify into the telecoms and broadband market.
The report, which was drawn up by a ministerial task team appointed by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda, claims that the board has no oversight over the operations of the business and describes the parastatal as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œrudderless, inadequately funded and misdirectedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
There is a commonly held view within the industry that Nyanda is in fact cleaning up the mess that former communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri allowed Sentech to get into. Matsepe-Casaburri died in April last year.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIn IvyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s era there was a lot of talking, but not a lot of action,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said one industry insider. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNyanda is like the janitor with the broom cleaning up her mess.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Click here to read the full report, posted on M&G Online.