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sabcThe Citizen reports that the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is forging ahead with plans to retrench close to 1,000 staff members, despite the Communication Workers Union (CWU) warning it will take legal action to stop that action.  

CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said on Wednesday that they “will not hesitate in applying for a court interdict” to stop the massive retrenchments.  The SABC financial crunch has also seen the Congress of the People (Cope) stepping up pressure on the ANC, with national spokesperson Dennis Bloem saying:  “The ANC is at the centre of the destruction of the SABC.  We are not surprised by the dead silence from the ANC when thousands of SABC workers and their families are facing a bleak future – unemployment.  We want to reiterate that we are totally opposed to these planned retrenchments…  If there is no other option, retrenchment must start with senior management and highly paid managers – not the foot soldiers.”  According to figures supplied by the SABC, the corporation’s revenue for the 2017/18 financial year stood at R6.6 billion against a budget of R7.3 billion – an underperformance of R709 million.

  • Read the original report by Brian Sokutu in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, SABC headed for collapse unless wage bill is trimmed, at SA Labour News

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