Makoe says he is joining the Motswako Media Group as editor-in-chief. He will also be a shareholder.
The agency will be similar to Reuters. It will offer “news packages in print and audio”.
Makoe has been political editor at the SABC for approximately nine months.
“I am venturing into greener pastures. I will have a bigger position and will be a shareholder,” he says about the reason for the move.
He describes his departure from the public broadcaster as “amicable”, adding that he was thankful for the support he received during his time at the SABC from staff members including Snuki Zikalala, group executive of news and current affairs.
mce_keep=”true””I was never under any pressure (from within the SABC) about my involvement with the FBJ.”
Makoe says the SABC could do more to retain especially young staff members.
Kaizer Kganyago, SABC spokesperson, says the SABC tries in most cases to keep employees when they receive offers from competitors, but it cannot always beat the salaries.
“It happens in any environment… Experience has taught us they (those who leave) end up coming back.” Asked to mention an example, Kganyago said there were many names.
Kanyi Mkonza, chairperson of the SABC board, told TheMediaOnline in an earlier interview losing skills was one of the corporation’s “major nightmares”.