Tuesday, October 30, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: State broadcaster SABC to slash a third of workforce


BBC - South Africa's public broadcaster SABC is considering laying off nearly 1,000 people, around one third of its full-time staff, in a bid to cut costs, according to a document seen by the BBC on Tuesday.

The broadcaster has said it is approaching the labour court with an application to invalidate irregular appointments and promotions.

Explaining the potentially radical decision, SABC Board Chairman Bongumusa Makhathini told BBC Focus on Africa radio:
Quote Message: Almost half of our revenues goes to salaries. We should be spending more money on procuring content... It's unsustainable.

Almost half of our revenues goes to salaries. We should be spending more money on procuring content... It's unsustainable.

Quote Message: This is an accumulation of over ten years of poor decision-making, maladministration, and corruption to an extent.

This is an accumulation of over ten years of poor decision-making, maladministration, and corruption to an extent.

Quote Message: The reality is that has been coming over a number of years. We [the new executive board] came in, and that's why we've got to tackle [this]."

The reality is that has been coming over a number of years. We [the new executive board] came in, and that's why we've got to tackle [this]."

The Communications Workers' Union (CWU) says it does not agree with the company's intention to make redundancies.The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union's (Bemawu) spokesman has said “we believe that the SABC has not done proper homework”.

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