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SABSThe Star reports that yet another public entity has embarked on a process that could result in the retrenchment of employees, barely a month after the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) let over 600 employees go.

The SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has issued a ‘section 189’ retrenchment notice to its employees. Up to 170 employees could lose their jobs by 15 May, from a headcount of 832. The SABS hopes to save R150 million once retrenchments are done. The process started with consultations in which the bureau told workers that a cash crunch and its “dire financial straits” had forced it to consider retrenchments. It said Covid-19 had exacerbated the cash crisis, as it had had negative effects on revenue generation efforts. One SABS employee said the writing was on the wall. “As we have witnessed, other entities already cut both blue and white collar workforce,” he noted. Speaking on Tuesday, SABS spokesperson Nils Flaatten insisted the body had merely embarked on consultations in line with section 189. “The SABS has not begun any retrenchment process,” he said. “The salary bill remains the highest expenditure item which if not reduced, would threaten the financial sustainability of the SABS,” he commented.

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