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sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) acting CEO Nomsa Philiso is planning to meet unions to discuss proposed changes at the public broadcaster’s news division that have upset many staff members.  

The broadcaster’s spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, confirmed on Friday that in an effort to resolve the impasse, Philiso would meet the unions to discuss the issues.  Aubrey Tshabalala of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the two main issues were that the proposed changes would be made without consultation, and that plans to reshuffle programming at SAfm and commercialise it would be in violation of the broadcaster's mandate to dedicate that station to public service.  If the changes went ahead, the CWU said it would have no option but to go the legal route.  Tshabalala claimed that some of the changes involved bringing new staff members on board, whereas the SABC was supposed to be penny pinching.  Comment was not immediately available from the other representative union, the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers' Union (Bemawu).

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24
  • Read too, Labour unions threaten SABC with legal action over ‘changes’ at news division, at The Citizen

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