SABC: We don't have money for wage increases

Workers are demanding a 10% wage hike while the SABC is offering 4.5%.

FILE: Striking SABC workers want a 10% salary increase. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it doesn’t have money for salary increases as the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) prepares to go on strike.

Workers are demanding a 10% wage hike while the SABC is offering 4.5%.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says they understand the plight of the workers.

"It can’t be right to say that our offer of 4.5% is a punishment. We do not have the money. If we offer them a percentage we can’t afford, we’ll end up with a situation where we can’t pay them."

Bemawu says they will be available for talks with the public broadcaster throughout its protected strike.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)