Ndabeni AbrahamsBusinessLive reports that according to the communications ministry, the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) misinterpreted an alternative job cuts proposal from Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams in respect of the public broadcaster.  

In a letter that came to light on Wednesday, SABC board chair Bongumusa Makhathini said the communications and technologies department could absorb workers in support functions such marketing, IT and human resources if the SABC was unable to find space for them.  However, departmental spokesperson Mish Molakeng said the letter misinterpreted correspondence from Ndabeni-Abrahams laying out alternatives to job cuts.  “The ministry of communications and digital technologies has never made an offer to absorb staff members retrenched from the SABC.  The ministry proposed to the SABC board that it should look into developing a mitigation plan aimed at minimising the impact of retrenchments on affected employees,” Molakeng stated.  He added:  “The ministry continues to support the SABC to find viable solutions both to ensure financial sustainability of the entity through the implementation of the turnaround strategy, while equally ensuring prospects are available for SABC employees who may be retrenched.”


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