SABC: 621 people lost their jobs

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to retrench 621 employees for the advantage of the company.

According to the SABC, 346 of the 621 are employees who opted for voluntary severance packages. The other 275 employees are those who occupied positions that have become redundant. The public broadcaster further said some employees went through the recruitment process seeking alternative opportunities but were, unfortunately, not successful.

Explaining the retrenchment process, SABC group chief executive officer Madoda Mxakwe said: “However, despite these challenges, the section 189 process was a necessary component of the SABC’s turnaround plan to ensure the public broadcaster’s long-term financial sustainability and capacity to fulfil its extensive public mandate.

“The process was necessary to preserve and reposition the SABC as a resilient and viable public broadcaster and public media organisation. We want to be part of preserving this national treasure which has the public interest at the very heart of its existence.

“However, despite these challenges, the section 189 process was a necessary component of the SABC’s turnaround plan to ensure the public broadcaster’s long-term financial sustainability and capacity to fulfil its extensive public mandate.

“The process was necessary to preserve and reposition the SABC as a resilient and viable public broadcaster and public media organisation. We want to be part of preserving this national treasure which has the public interest at the very heart of its existence.

“However, despite these challenges, the section 189 process was a necessary component of the SABC’s turnaround plan to ensure the public broadcaster’s long-term financial sustainability and capacity to fulfil its extensive public mandate.

“The process was necessary to preserve and reposition the SABC as a resilient and viable public broadcaster and public media organisation. We want to be part of preserving this national treasure which has the public interest at the very heart of its existence.

 

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