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SABC suspends retrenchment plans for a week

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The SABC has circulated a statement announcing that its board has suspended the retrenchment plans for seven days, following numerous cries from employees and the public at large.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) took to Twitter on Thursday, 19 November 2020, to announce the suspension of the S189 process for a period of seven days. As part of its restructuring and cost-cutting efforts, the public broadcaster recently announced 400 imminent retrenchments, subsequently sparking outrage amongst employees.

This week, what started off as a lunch-hour lie down became a front cover story, as it received the attention of the ruling party and, in extension, the Secretariat Alliance. Since becoming topical, the planned retrenchments have led to other revelations. Reports of the alleged bloated salaries of the executive board and its permanent staff members have been doing the rounds. Therefore, some have proposed salary cuts to reduce the number of retrenched employees.

While the statement did not venture into that discussion, it did stipulate that the seven-day period is to “allow all stakeholders to further engage and explore further options in an effort to ensure the financial sustainability of the SABC. “

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Sabelo Makhubo
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