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1 Report to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee: Arts and Culture Presenter: Prof. Mbulungeni Madiba Chairperson’s Report (03/03/2015)

2 Table of Contents 1.Purpose 2.PanSALB’s Mandate 3.Prescribed functions of PanSALB 4.Role of the Board of Directors 5.State of the organisation when the new Board took over 6.Steps taken by the Board 7.Plans and Recommendations 2

3 3 Purpose of the presentation To give PanSALB’s progress report since the last meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee and future plans

4 4 The Pan South African Language Board was created by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996. In terms of section 6(5) of the said Constitution, it states that a Pan South African Language Board be established by national legislation which must: (a)Promote and create conditions for, the development and use of- (i)all official languages; (ii)the Khoi, Nama and San languages; and (iii)South African Sign language; and (b)Promote and ensure respect for- (i)all languages commonly used by communities in South Africa. PanSALB Mandate

5 Prescribe functions of PanSALB PanSALB was established as an independent statutory body by an Act of Parliament (Act 59 of 1995) as amended with the following explicit aim (Section 8 of the Act): (a) make recommendations with regard to any proposed or existing legislation, practice or policy dealing directly or indirectly with language matters at any level of government, and with regard to any proposed amendments to or the repeal or replacement of such legislation, practice or policy; 5

6 (b) make recommendations to organs of state at all levels of government where it considers such action advisable for the adoption of measures aimed at the promotion of multilingualism within the framework of the Constitution; (c) actively promote an awareness of multilingualism as a national resource; 6

7 (d) actively promote the development of the previously marginalized languages; (e) initiate studies and research aimed at promoting and creating conditions for the development and use of (i) all the official languages of South Africa, (ii) the Khoe and San languages and (iii) South African Sign Language; 7

8 (f) promote and ensure respect for all other languages commonly used by communities in South Africa; (g) advise on the coordination of language planning in South Africa; (h) facilitate cooperation with language planning agencies outside South Africa; 8

9 (i) establish provincial language committees and national language bodies to advise it on any language matter affecting a province or a specific language; and (j) establish national lexicography units to operate as companies limited by guarantee under section 21 of the Companies Act (No. 61 of 1973), and to allocate funds to the units for the fulfilment of their functions. 9

10 Role of the Board of Directors The Board of Directors (part-time members) provides oversight and strategic direction to the organisation PanSALB was without a Board since 2012 following the dissolution of the Board by the Minister The new Board was appointed with effect from 1 April 2014 The Board was inaugurated on 17 & 18 June The Board held its first meeting on 7&8 July 2014 10

11 State of the Organisation when the new Board took over Four main challenges: 1.Vacant executive leadership 2.Underperformance 3.Bloated and unmandated organisational structure 4.Financially-compromised organisation 11

12 5. Irrelevant Strategic Plan 6. Litigation problems 7. Low staff morale and infighting 12

13 CHALLENGE 1 VACANT EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP Vacant office of the CEO Vacant office of the CFO 13

14 CHALLENGE 2 NON-PERFORMANCE 14 Wednesday, 15 October 2014

15 Business Model Research DevelopUse Monitoring and Evaluation PROMOTIONPROMOTION Language Rights Customer

16 PanSALB Programmes Programme 1 – Administration Programme 2 – Business Development Programme 3 – Public Engagement

17 ORGANISATIONAL 17 Wednesday, 15 October 2014

18 LEADERSHIP 18 Wednesday, 15 October 2014

19 PROGRAMME 2 – CORPORATE SERVICES 19 Wednesday, 15 October 2014

20 PROGRAMME 3 – FINANCE SERVICE 20 Wednesday, 15 October 2014

21 PROGRAMME 4 – LANGUAGES SERVICE 21 Wednesday, 15 October 2014


23 Challenge 3: Bloated organisation structure 23

24 PanSALB Executive Structure 24

25 Management Structure 25

26 EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES Programme2013/2014 Approved Posts 2013/2014 No. of Employees 2013/2014 Vacancies % of vacancies Senior Management (Level 13 -16) 35 27 (3 Contract) 822.2% Highly Skilled Supervision (Level 9 - 12) 62402261.1% Highly Skilled Production (Level 6 – 8) 27 22 (1 Contract) 616.7% Skilled (Level 3-5) 16 00% Unskilled (Level 1 – 2) 02 (Contract)-2 (Contract)0% TOTAL14010736100% 26 Wednesday, 15 October 2014

27 Financial problems PeriodAllocation ® Expenditure ® Shortfall ® 2010/1153 545 00061 080 000(7 033 000) 2011/1257 962 00056 081 000(2 069 000) 2012/1369 480 00084 480 000(15 000 000) 2013/1478 180 00092 384 000(14 204 000) Revenue Generated – Service offered: 2013/14 Nil 27

28 STEPS TAKEN BY THE BOARD 1.Vacant Executive Leadership: CEO & CFO The Board appointed acting CEOs as there were no funds to appoint a permanent CEO The Board resolved at its meeting of 4-5 February 2015 to kick-start the process of the appointment of the CEO of the Board. 28

29 The advert has already been drafted and is in the process of being translated into other languages to be advertised in the national newspapers. The closing date for the applications is 23 March 2015 and we hope to have appointed the CEO to start at the beginning of June 2015. 29

30 An acting CFO was also appointed, and a permanent CFO will be appointed after the appointment of a permanent CEO 30

31 2. Underperformance The current Acting CEO is putting measures in place to develop staff critical capabilities and improve performance The Board has also established committees to assist the organisation with some expertise 31

32 3. Bloated unmandated orgnaisational structure The Board sought a Legal opinion to address the problem of the bloated unmandated organisational structure The Board took a resolution to disregard the contracts of individuals appointed by Mr Mxolisi Zwane as advised by the Legal opinion The matter is at the moment in court 32

33 4. Steps to address financial challenges The Board has appointed a Forensic Investigation to look into the possible financial mismanagement in the organisation The Acting CEO will report various measures he has or is putting in place to stop financial bleeding 33

34 The chairperson and the acting CEO held a meeting with the National Lottery Board on 23 February 2015 to discuss the grant given to PanSALB and how it can be prioritised to focus on areas relevant to the Board’s mandate It is hoped that the grant if managed properly by the organisation instead of third parties will boost the staff morale and capabilities to deliver on the organisation’s mandate 34

35 5. Strategic Plan The Board’s responsibility is to provide strategic direction or framework for the development of the Strategic Plan The Board held a two days meeting (1- 2 August 2014) to discuss the Strategic Plan draft submitted to it by management The draft was referred back to Management as it was no adequate or relevant 35

36 The Board also assisted management in two strategic planning workshops organised on 25 September 2014 & 24 October 2014 The Management showed a serious lack of requisite expertise and competence to develop a strategic plan The Board and DAC have proposed the establishment of a Task Team to assist the organisation with the development of a Turnaround Strategic Plan 36

37 6. Litigation, staff performance and morale The Acting CEO’s report provides a detailed discussion on steps taken to deal with litigation, staff performance and morale 37

38 7. Other contributions by Board members Board members have in their individual capacities also made various contribution to the work of PanSALB and the promotion of multilingualism in general. The chairperson, for example, is working with HESA in running workshops across all higher education institutions to address language policy matter and the use of African languages. 38


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