SABC Says That After All Is Said And Done, It Expects To Sack "Only 303 Staffers"
The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has now completed its legally mandated retrenchment processes and procedures. In the end, it is expected that only 303 members of its current staff-force will be losing their jobs.
A statement from the corporation stated: "After considering all options to minimise the total number of affected employees, the SABC has further reduced the number of affected redundant employees to 303 - just under half of the originally projected 600 redundancies".
While the 303 number is lower than what was first announced by the company, industry watchers point to the caveats that have meant that more workers could still be laid off if those offered voluntary retrenchment and early retirement packages do not take on those offers. According to the SABC statement, "the final number of redundancies are dependent on the acceptance of the proposed alternatives and the number of employees who will opt for Voluntary Severance Packages (VSPs) and early retirement".
The statement concluded by saying that: "The SABC acknowledges that the retrenchment process was difficult for all stakeholders and emotionally-charged at times. The extended process also created prolonged uncertainty." However, it was a necessary part of the SABC's turnaround plan to reposition the public broadcaster, ensure its stability and financial sustainability and allow the SABC to execute its public mandate to serve all the people of South Africa in all our languages and across all platforms."