MDDA reacts to media report

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pretoria -The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has dismissed a media report indicating that its Projects Director Harry Letsebe's credentials earned him the position, as bogus and unfounded.

Certain media reported that Letsebe had misled the agency regarding his qualifications saying that the agency appointed him because of favouritism.

Chief Executive Office of the MDDA, Lumko Mtimde, disputed this as "misinformation and unfounded."

According to Mtimde, there was nothing illegal or irregular in the appointment process of the Projects Director and that the appointment was adjudicated in accordance with MDDA Human Resources Policy and Procedures Manual.

"The agency reinforces its statement that Letsebe was appointed on merit, on the basis of his vast relevant experience, skills and expertise," said Mtimde, adding that he brings a wealth of experience in grant making, leadership and knowledge of the media industry.

Mr Letsebe, who has been with the MDDA from its inception, was part of the process of setting up the agency, its systems and procedures.

MDDA was set up by an Act of Parliament (Act 14 of 2002) to enable "historically disadvantaged communities and persons not adequately served by the media" to gain access to the media. Its beneficiaries are community media and small commercial media.