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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

AWKWARD. Hlaudi Motsoeneng isn't acting COO at the SABC anymore. But yes, he's still issuing press releases.


You won't ever see this from "real" companies, but there were eye rolls today when Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC's general executive for stakeholder relationships and provinces issued a press statement today, thanking "the SABC board for recognising his strengths" as acting chief operating officer (COO).

It was cringeworthy.

Why the statement from Hlaudi Motsoeneng issued today wasn't combined in the statement yesterday when the South African public broadcaster announced that Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been removed with immediate effect and been replaced with Mike Siluma as the new acting COO is not clear.

The statement today quoting Hlaudi Motsoeneng following a day after yesterday when the broadcaster said Hlaudi Motsoeneng is no longer acting COO "with immediate effect", came across as amateur and embarrassing. Companies simply just don't do that.

"Hlaudi Motsoeneng would like to thank the SABC board for recognising his strength and affording him the opportunity to act as the chief operating officer of the SABC from 18 November 2011 to 26 February 2013," said the statement.

"The most appreciation is to the group executive committee and the SABC staff at large, for supporting his vision and commitment to the business of the public broadcaster."

"Mr. Motsoeneng calls upon all stakeholders, and staff to support the newly appointed acting chief operations officer, Mike Siluma."

Cringe, cringe, cringe.