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sabcThe Citizen reports that a wage bill of nearly half the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) income, poor management and a skewed staff-manager ratio are among key factors behind the public broadcaster’s planned restructuring.  

It announced this week that it intended to retrench close to 1,000 permanent staff – a move it maintains will yield a cost saving of about R400 million annually.  The broadcaster also has plans to halve the number of freelancers it uses from 2,400 to 1,200.  The CCMA will facilitate the consultation process.  Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) director William Bird said the change could not be averted.  “This is an institution that – for the past five years – has been left to be in a perpetual crisis for political reasons.  It has been an unsustainable entity,” Bird opined.  Yet, the financial crisis in which the SABC finds itself can mostly be traced back to the tenure of its former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  The corporation had to fork out R22 million to defend Motsoeneng in court during his reign.  He was a respondent in no fewer than 15 different cases in the 2013/14 financial year.  And, former SABC board member Krish Naidoo earlier this year testified that Motsoeneng’s unilateral implementation of the 90% on-air local music content led to the loss of R300 million in advertising revenue.

  • Read this report by Brian Sokutu in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, We have to cut costs or the SABC may collapse, says CEO, at Fin24
  • And also, We are technically insolvent‚ admits SABC, at TimesLive


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