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SABC has no other options

SABC has no other options

SABC board members have disagreed over the looming retrenchment of hundreds of staff members. While some board members believe that the need is not just necessary, but essential for the SABC to survive, other have called for an alternative option to be considered.  The SABC board briefed the Communications Committee on the pending job cuts at the broadcaster.

Bongumusa Makhathini, the SABC board chairperson, has told MPs that the broadcaster was projecting a loss of R1.2 billion. Makhathini said that if the SABC should fail to implement its turnaround plan including restructuring and retrenchments, the company would end up back in the ICU.  “If we don’t fully implement the turnaround plan, we will get to the point where the SABC will be back in an ICU situation.”

But his deputy chair, Mamodupi Mohlala, has disagreed with other board colleagues and even had a go at MP Phumzile van Damme. “There are those on the board who still insist that we have to go ahead with 189. At what cost and what is the benefit that we will see because there are other methods of dealing with this.”

The SABC will have continue to have meetings with government to try and explore other options.


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