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SABC sheds over 20% of its workforce

After ‘difficult’ restructuring.
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The SABC has concluded a lengthy retrenchment programme and will officially have shed 621 jobs, or at least 21% of its workforce, by the end of this month as it moves to avoid the need for further taxpayer-funded bailouts.

The job cuts, which were strenuously opposed by communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and some of her colleagues in the ANC, will help make the public broadcaster “fit for purpose”, the SABC said on Tuesday.

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The process resulted in a mix of forced retrenchments and employees taking voluntary severance packages.

“The reduction of employee costs is central to the SABC’s turnaround plan and its long-term sustainability,” the broadcaster said in a statement on Tuesday. “The section 189 process began with the issuing of the notice in June 2020 and, after an intensive nine-month period, will conclude on 31 March 2021. Subsequent to the conclusion of the resourcing of the new structure, the total number of employees who will leave the organisation at the end of March 2021 is 621.”

Three hundred and forty-six of this number are employees who — notwithstanding the existence of alternative jobs — opted for voluntary packages, the SABC said.

“Some were concerned about the impact of lower job-scale codes resulting from the organisation-wide job evaluation process, on current salaries and their pension. These colleagues took voluntary severance packages as a first option and chose not to participate in any alternative job-seeking processes.”


The other 275 employees are those who occupied positions that had become redundant. “Some employees in this category went through the recruitment process seeking alternative opportunities but were, unfortunately, not successful. The SABC used its best endeavours and managed to absorb affected employees who qualified for vacant positions during the recruitment process.”

CEO Madoda Mxakwe said the process was “extremely difficult for all stakeholders and became emotionally charged at times”. However, it was “a necessary component of the SABC’s turnaround plan to ensure the public broadcaster’s long-term financial sustainability and capacity to fulfil its extensive public mandate”.  — © 2021 NewsCentral Media

This article was first published on TechCentral here.


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Well Done.


How did you get there in the first place and how long before you are back at where you were?

Especially with a minister (with a criminal record now after admitting guilt to charges brought against her) who has no clue and think she runs a welfare organization.

My heart goes out to these people.

When your Government cannot Govern, when nepotism and cadre deployment is rife, when corruption is at the forefront of every Parastatal, when the wage bill is the elephant in the room, and when every ANC run Municipality is bankrupt with cities caving in, filth lining the streets and no maintenance visible, something has got to give

So, when the masses continue voting them into power, more and more jobs will be on the line, including monthly grants dissipating

This train speeding down the track is not sustainable and pretty soon it’s going to derail

A failed State is immanent!

Did Hlaudi Motsoeneng ever pay back the money he was supposed to? Or is that a silly question in 21st century South Africa?

John as you said that may be a silly question….

Clowny Motsoeneng, made Monthy Python look like undertakers.

Just the same as Brian Molefe has not paid back the R 30 million to the Eskom Pension Fund!

Hlaudi is being taken to court to pay back every cent squandered under his reign. I hope this is an eye-opener the fact that they no longer want to function off government bailouts sends the message that perhaps the CEO and team have a vision. Fit for purpose is what many big corporations are doing these days. Employees are becoming agile and adapt. Sorry to those that left. If this turnaround bares fruit then the same needs to be done at Eskom, prasa, SAA(dead already), Denel, Transnet, Executive branch of government too, firesale, everything must go including the stupid minister Stella. Eskom needs a minimum of 55-70% cut in the workforce to become fully sustainable. Our National budget 35-40% is spent on wages alone before anything else. In SA it pays to be in government guys whether it is local, provincial or national, it pays handsomely.

These guys don’t care and don’t give a toss about court orders. There is no lesson to be learnt, as there is no consequence. They unfortunately are above the law and order the normal citizens abide by.
I have accepted this, and its easier to deal with.

They should have fired the lot and then let them reapply for the jobs available.

Now if only we can see the same thing happening at Eskom, but closer to 50% in that instance.

The final purge of the melatonin challenged ??

Now start working on ESKOM please.

Why only 20%. Even at 100% I don’t think anyone in SA will notice….

Step in the right direction.

What this article fails to mention is the ratio between managerial positions (incl. supervisors) and workers is way too high (too many managers). Managers have average annual salary over 1 million.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams…..didn’t she commit a crime during last years lockdown???

Yup, but cashed in a cadre “get away with free” card!…only available to the blk elitists in the anc troika!

Ah, makes me long for Gillian van Houten

With the extended lockdown, Netflix’s business has done well. It all boils down to content and getting subscribers to pay their subscriptions. How difficult can that be in this day and age?

Any ideas of content? Remembering the demographics SABC is targeting


Probably still paid to play on their cellphones all day!

How many people work at the SABC?

About 5%.

They probably need to shed another 20%.

Let’s have a show of hands for those who still watch SABC?

We don’t watch any TV..stopped my DSTV subs a years ago, don’t miss it at all and never looked back

We have fun as a family doing other things and enjoy Netflix and documentaries on Youtube..Now thats value for money

My thanks goes to the SABC and DSTV for dishing up a cocktail of boring programs which has resulted in our disinterest..Sport? What sport? I read the results

Besides, i have R12 000 additional spending money in December thanks to DSTV

Yep, I watched Cyril’s family meeting on SABC, and feel like I’ve done my fair share of SABC job-creation for this month.

20% of government employees at the state propaganda arm are losing their jobs? Good, only 80% left to go

Does that mean that their “licence fee” (taxation by stealth) also sheds 20%?

End of comments.





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