CCMASowetanLive reports that nine Soweto TV producers have vowed to fight for their jobs after they were fired in January following disciplinary hearings.  

They were served with suspension letters on 6 January, but only got their dismissal letters late last month.  They produced a variety of shows that ranged from sports to cooking.  According to a dismissal letter to one of the producers, she was dismissed for failing to produce new shows as instructed by the station, leading to a lot of repeats of her show.  The employees said their troubles started in November when the new management, led by radio personality T-bo Touch Molefe who is the station's acting CEO, wanted all employees to sign a performance contract without addressing operational issues at the station.  One of the producers said:  "We refused to sign the contract because we wanted the issue of a lack of tools of trade to be addressed.”  General secretary of the Communications Workers Union (CWU), Aubrey Tshabalala, said they were disappointed that the station dismissed the employees while they were still engaging and had an agreement.  The matter is now heading to the CCMA.  Soweto TV's Mandla Ncinitwa said the producers were dismissed for gross misconduct and not for repeating shows.


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