South Africa: SABC Lays Off 10 Top Managers Amidst Financial Troubles
The SABC has allegedly decided to axe 10 of its General Managers after their contracts came to an end.
According to senior executives at South Africa’s national broadcaster, those that were affected were three provincial GMs, as well as some GMs in the radio division, real estate, TV, sales, sports department and business ventures.
The top managers who are believed to have been earning approximately $82 000.00 each per annum, were informed by the SABC's senior execs that their contracts would not be renewed when they ended.
Vuyo Mthembu, the SABC spokesperson, said that this was because a moratorium had been placed on appointments due to a skills audit process that had been ordered by parliament's portfolio committee on communications.
The decision was reportedly also informed by the financial challenges experienced by the SABC.
Mthembu confirmed that several GMs' contracts were not renewed. He said that capable and qualified staff members would be placed in an acting capacity until further notice.
The decision came as a shock to a lot of employees at the SABC and a member of staff who did not want to be named raised issues with this sudden move saying that the SABC’s executive committee and board had not thought things out thoroughly because letting go of 10 managers at once was quite drastic, in his opinion.
Credit: This article originated from www.heraldlive.co.za