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Trouble at the SABC as 600 employees get retrenched

Troubles seems to follow the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as it has just issued a notice of redundancy to the employees. This forms part of its plans to shed hundreds of 'unnecessary costs' from its employee payroll - in-line with new operating model being implemented by the organisation.

The public broadcaster, which is suffering financially, had issued a statement when the year began that although the retrenchment process was suspended, plans around it would continue at some point.

The broadcasting corporation has been on a downward spiral and in need of assistance from the government for years now. Government allocated R3.2 billion to the SABC in 2019, of which R2.1 billion has been transferred, to enable the broadcaster to pay its bills.

Earlier this year, the national treasury announced that it will give SABC the remaining R1.1 billion of its R3.2 billion bailout.

The issued redundancy to its employees follows the launch of the SABC’s new Target Operating Model — a strategic renewal initiative aimed at transforming the corporation into financial stability.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says their new target operating model will allow them to reinvent the public broadcaster, especially during the current difficult economic times and changing viewing patterns.

Madoda Mxakwe, SABC CEO, says "We fully acknowledge that this is a journey that requires level-headedness, collective consideration and cooperation".

"This process is aimed solely at ensuring the long-term existence of a resilient and sustainable public broadcaster that will continue to comprehensively and diligently serve millions of South Africans who rely on it for education, information and entertainment."

"We have an obligation to recreate an SABC that will outlive us, an SABC that will survive another 84 years and serve several generations to come."

The broadcaster has previously been involved and dragged o court for unfair dismissal cases from various employees historically and has fired many for “misconduct”.

It never ends for the broadcaster, in a separate incident last year, 11 employees were hospitalised after a fire broke out at one of the corporation’s canteens in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

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