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cwu thumb medium90 95BusinessLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called for the dissolution of the inquorate board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

It said the board had failed to provide the strategic direction required to turn the troubled public broadcaster around.  The broke SABC sank into a deeper crisis in December following the resignation of four non-executive directors, which has left the board without the quorum required to make decisions.  Their resignations came in the wake of a scathing letter to the board by communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams in which she accused the non-executive directors of not acting in the best interest of the SABC as they pressed on with staff retrenchments.  This week, the SABC confirmed that the planned retrenchments of about 1,000 permanent employees and 1,200 freelancers would be suspended until further notice.  The CWU’s Aubrey Tshabalala said on Tuesday the union had long called for the retrenchment process to be halted and for the SABC to embark on a comprehensive skills audit.  “We made a strong proposal to the former and current minister [of communications] that a comprehensive turnaround strategy must be implemented to avoid retrenchments … but the SABC continued to be arrogant,” said Tshabalala.

  • Read Bekezela Phakathi’s report on this story in full at BusinessLive

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