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NomvulaMokonyaneBusinessLive writes that the looming retrenchments at the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have set communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane and the board of the public broadcaster on a collision course.  

While the board maintains it has no choice but to lay off hundreds of workers in order to remain sustainable, Mokonyane is strongly opposed to the job cuts.  In a scathing statement on Tuesday, she hit out at the board for "ignoring the advice and support of the shareholder (i.e. the state) in this necessary and critical process of turning the SABC around".  She added:  "This is inconsistent with the principles of good corporate governance, mutual interest and public good."  The SABC, which recorded a net loss of R622m in the financial year ended March, spends more than R3bn a year on the salaries of more than 3,000 employees.  The falling out is set to test the board’s independence.  The board has yet to respond to detailed questions in Mokonyane’s statement.  Phumzile Van Damme of the Democratic Alliance (DA) called on the SABC to make its turnaround strategy public.  Reports that up to 800 employees were likely to lose their jobs was "heart-breaking" she said.

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