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sabcThe Citizen reports that parliament’s portfolio committee on communications resolved on Tuesday that the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) must appear before it next Tuesday to update the committee on the retrenchment process at the public broadcaster.  

This was welcomed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which last week called for an urgent briefing by the SABC board to provide a full update on its retrenchment process.  Due to its financial woes, the SABC announced last week that it envisaged that 981 employees might possibly be retrenched as a result of the restructuring, across all the business units and operations of the broadcaster.  The cuts would also affect 1,200 freelancers out of some 2,400.  The DA’s Phumzile Van Damme said a a skills audit would reveal which skills and jobs at the SABC needed to be retained and which not, and had to be undertaken before retrenchments were considered.  She added:  “It is evident that the SABC board has a lot to answer for and the DA looks forward to using the opportunity on Tuesday to hold the board accountable.”


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