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sabcThe SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is to pay R3.2 million to its five-member interim board in respect of their six-month tenure, according to a report in the Sunday Times.  But it informed its staff that there would be no salary increases for them in the new year.  

The directors apparently earned “almost double that of the previous board”, with the SABC explaining the new directors attended more meetings.  The payment implies that on average members will earn R640,000 each for six months of work.  SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the board “had been at Auckland Park almost daily and had held 99 meetings”.  He added that the board had “deferred” payment until staff salaries had been paid.  The board payments come at a time when the SABC has been declared virtually bankrupt, and requires a multi-billion-rand government bailout.  In an e-mail to its members, the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) questioned the board payments at a time when the SABC “is allegedly struggling to make ends meet.”

The original report, entitled ‘SABC board gets millions, but staff told no pay rise’, is on page 6 of the Sunday Times of 3 December 2017

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