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sabcBL Premium reports that the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to make a final decision next week on its retrenchment plans.  

After an emergency meeting on Thursday, the board said the issuing of retrenchment notices would be put on hold for a period of seven days to allow for further consultations and to explore further options to ensure the sustainability of the organisation.  “The SABC is committed to meaningfully engaging with all its stakeholders as it continues to make the corporation financially sustainable to fulfil its public mandate,” the public broadcaster said.  But the corporation's unions were not impressed.  The Communications Workers Union (CWU) picketed outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Auckland Park on Friday.  Among its demands were that management should immediately withdraw all dismissal letters; retrenchments be abandoned; the board be dissolved; an administrator be appointed to run the broadcaster; and a comprehensive skills audit be done.  The CWU’s Aubrey Tshabalala said the SABC executives could never be trusted and the announcement that the retrenchment exercise would be halted for seven days “is a PR exercise”.  He said if all the demands were not met, workers would “shut down the SABC”.  SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe said the issues raised would be submitted to the board and it was expected that a response would be provided next week.  Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who has blocked previous retrenchment attempts at the SABC, entered the fray this week, calling on the broadcaster to consider other alternatives.  The ANC also opposed the cuts.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive (paywall access only)
  • Read too, SABC board suspends retrenchments amid pressure from unions and ANC, at BusinessLive

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