SABC to shut­down if job cuts aren’t called off – union

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The pub­lic broad­caster was given un­til next Fri­day to re­spond to the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers Union’s de­mands or face the con­se­quences.

Deaf­en­ing ch ants of amandla ngawethu ( power is ours) echoed through the SA Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (SABC) head­quar­ters in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day as pro­test­ers de­manded the cor­po­ra­tion can­cel its re­trench­ment plans.

The pro­test­ers handed over a me­moran­dum to the Group CEO Madoda Mx­akwe, giv­ing the broad­caster seven days to re­verse the de­ci­sion to re­trench em­ploy­ees. Faced with bloated staff num­bers, a high wage bill and the con­se­quences of the mil­lions of rand squan­dered dur­ingHl audi Mot­soe­neng’s ten­ure as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, the cash-strapped SABC re­cently an­nounced plans to re­trench about 1 000 staff and 1 200 free­lancers.

The job-cutting would yield a cost sav­ing of about R400 mil­lion yearly, ac­cord­ing to the SABC.

To back its re­struc­tur­ing strat­egy, the SABC man­age­ment has also sup­plied shock­ing fig­ures, show­ing its to­tal rev­enue for the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year stood at R6.6 bil­lion against a R7.3 bil­lion bud­get.

This amounts to an un­der­per­for­mance of R709 mil­lion. Mx­akwe, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Chris Maroleng and Hu­man Re­sources Chief Jonathan Thek­iso were booed when they came to ac­cept the me­moran­dum of de­mands from the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers Union (CWU) and Broad­cast­ing, Elec­tronic, Me­dia and Al­lied Work­ers Union ( BEMAWU). “Away with nepo­tism at the SABC”, “CWU against job losses”, “Don’t re­trench work­ers, stop cor­rup­tion”, “Bemawu is against job losses” and “SABC, please bring back Ngizwe Mchunu” were the mes­sages on some of the plac­ards car­ried by pro­test­ers. CWU de­scribed the re­trench­ment plan as “syn­ony­mous with com­pa­nies in the pri­vate sec­tor where profit is placed ahead of the peo­ple”. Cit­i­zen

SA Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion head­quar­ters (SABC).

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