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SABC abandons retrenchment plans

The public broadcaster released a statement on Thursday afternoon, saying it has decided not to renew the notice to invoke Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced it will not go ahead with plans to retrench employees.

The public broadcaster released a statement on Thursday afternoon, saying it has decided not to renew the notice to invoke Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act which allows companies to retrench employees and sets out how it must be done.

Last year, the broadcaster introduced extreme cost-cutting measures including the proposed retrenchments of 981 permanent staffers and over 1,200 freelancers.

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) spokesperson Hannes du Buisson says they had good news to deliver to their members.

“The SABC announced they had terminated the Section 189 termination process. Of course, that’s a big relief for SABC employees who’ve been under enormous stress for the past few months because of this process.”

SKILLS AUDIT

The SABC says it will now conduct a skills audit to review the increase in costs, but employees’ jobs are safe, for now.

Many SABC employees had been anxious for months about their future, and this week’s technical glitches which saw them being paid a few hours late added to the panic.

On Thursday, after announcing the termination of Section 189 process, the SABC added that a thorough skills audit will still go ahead.

Du Buisson says this will take about 14 months.

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