Public Broadcaster - SABC - Concludes Retrenchment Of 621 Employees - Reports
Effective from 1 April 2021, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be transitioning into a new structure that has been in process since June 2020. In the latest reports, the SABC Section 189 process began nine months ago and is set to be in motion today, 1 April 2021. The section focuses on reducing employees and transitioning into a new fit-for-purpose structure, which encompasses reducing employee costs and a long-term sustainability Turnaround Plan of the SABC.
The SABC’s Turnaround Plan has meant that as of 31 March 2021, six hundred and twenty-one employees had to leave the organisation. Out of that number, three hundred and forty-six employees opted for voluntary severance packages. Two hundred seventy-five employees were those that were said to have occupied positions that have become redundant. Out of this group, some of the employees went through the recruitment process of seeking alternative opportunities, but unfortunately, they were unsuccessful. The SABC has managed to absorb several employees who qualified for vacant positions during the recruitment process.
Madoda Mxakwe, the SABC’s Group Executive Officer said, the retrenchment process has not been an easy one. The operation caused a sense of unhappiness for many, which is understandable and regrettable. However, Section 189, despite the challenges, was a necessary process for the public broadcaster to ensure long-term financial sustainability and to ensure it can fulfil its public mandate.
Maxekwe added, the SABC will continue to fulfil its mandate by providing programming in education, sport, news, and entertainment, in all languages. The SABC would like to preserve this public broadcasting service which has the public interest at its core, he said.