South Africa: SABC Halts Job Cuts Process After Staff Threatened Blackout
It appears that the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) plan to cut up to 400 staff from its 'bloated' staff-toll has hit a brick wall as the company announced that the process will now be halted.
The SABA management U-turn on the matter has been welcomed by the staffers who were going to get the sack. One of them, Mahlako Komane, a reporter with SABC News said that they "have been making numerous sacrifices to keep the SABC alive". Another, Chriselda Lewis, noted the inherent unfairness of it all, saying that "they carried the broadcaster for years and put their lives in danger by reporting on the ground about the COVID-19 pandemic."
The SABC was already in the process of handing out sack letters to affected workers when the "back-room" staff, in a crucial meeting announced that they would go on strike and plunge the corporation in darkness.
The management obviously took the threatened strike action seriously, because moments later, it was announced that they are suspending the retrenchment exercise, at least as it concerned members of the SABC Newsroom.