South Africa: SABC Reduces Number Of Retrenchment To 400 Jobs
The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation has announced that it is now only looking to get rid of 400 jobs, instead of the 600 it previously announced. A media statement issued by the South African public broadcaster said: "The SABC has considered all options to minimise the total number of affected employees. As such, we have been able to reduce the total number of impacted people to approximately 400, which is significantly less than the originally projected figure of 600."
SABC's Group's Chief Executive Officer, Madoda Mxakwe said "in carefully considering all proposals from organised labour and other stakeholders, it became clear that, sadly, our organisation requires a difficult but necessary restructuring process that will result in the reduction of staff and that while this decision was not an easy one, it is regrettably a necessary one for the long-term sustainability of the SABC.
The South Africa national broadcaster also said that it is: fully cognisant of the fact that this process will affect people's livelihoods and have a knock-on effect on their families and communities, any employee that is involved would be offered a severance package of one week for each completed year of service".
Madoda Mxakwe also said that "An insolvent SABC serves no one and addressing the SABC's huge cost base, together with recently announced new revenue deals, will ensure that the public broadcaster can properly execute its mandate to serve the people of South Africa for decades to come."