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sabcBusinessLive reports that the planned job cuts at the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have set communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams at odds with the public broadcaster’s board.  

The minister has accused the directors of not acting in the best interest of the corporation.  Ndabeni-Abrahams, who was recently appointed to the portfolio, has made it clear that she is opposed to the retrenchments and has suggested that President Cyril Ramaphosa should intervene.  The SABC board on the other hand maintains it has little choice but to retrench over 2,000 workers in order to remain sustainable.  In a strongly worded letter to SABC board chairman Bongumusa Makhathini at the weekend, Ndabeni-Abrahams stated that Parliament also opposed the retrenchments, with the portfolio committee on communications requesting the board to consider other alternatives.  The impasse is set to test the board’s independence.  Late in 2017, the High Court in Pretoria affirmed the independence of the SABC board, which had long been bedevilled by political interference.  Meantime, Democratic Alliance (DA) communications spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme pointed out that the SABC has until January to present the results of both an independent skills and salary audit, as well as a clear strategic plan to Parliament, or face the risk of being axed.

  • Read the full original report by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Communications minister draws the line over SABC retrenchments, at Fin24

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