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SanefANA reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said on Monday it would closely monitor the retrenchment process at the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

It added that the public broadcaster should contemplate job cuts only if all other cost cutting options had been explored.  This came after the SABC announced on Friday that it had met with unions to inform them it was contemplating implementing Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act (i.e. retrenchments) as part of a number of cost-cutting measures.  The SABC reported a net loss of R622 million for the 2017/2018 financial year, with one of the biggest cost drivers being the salary bill.  In its statement, Sanef said part of the dire financial situation the SABC found itself in was due to the reckless mismanagement epitomized by former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, which included his mismanagement of human resources.  "Sanef notes that the cruelty of the situation is that workers, once again, are at the receiving end of leadership abuse and negligence."  "Non-core support staff and administration units should be cut if anything is to be cut," the editors’ forum added.

Read Sanef’s press statement at Sanef News

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