South African Broadcasting Corporation logo.svgJohannesburg – Wednesday, 02 October 2019 – The Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr Ian Plaatjies as the Corporation’s new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Mr Plaatjies will commence his duties from 01 November 2019.

Mr Plaatjies joins the SABC from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) where he is the Chief Digital Officer.  He has more than 30 years experience in various industries, including telecommunications, mining, banking and the financial services sector.  Mr Plaatjies has held the senior executive positions of Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) at SBV and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Absa Group Payments, respectively.

Mr Plaatjies holds an MBA, BA, Higher Diploma in Management Practice, Diploma in Electronics and Project Management.

The Chairperson of the SABC Board, Mr Bongumusa Makhathini, said ‘The SABC Board, Management and all its employees wish Mr Plaatjies well in his new role. He has the required expertise, experience and leadership skills to lead in this critical position. Mr Plaatjies will add tremendous value to the executive team headed by GCEO Madoda Mxakwe and joins the SABC at a critical time as the public broadcaster implements its turnaround strategy”.


Issued By:                  Group Communications

Media Enquiries:       Vuyo Mthembu (SABC Spokesperson)

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