SABC halts job cuts after staff threaten strike

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has suspended its retrenchment process for further engagement with stakeholders after staff threatened to go on strike following an earlier announcement that the national broadcaster would cut 400 jobs.

The SABC board released a statement early on Friday morning, saying it will suspend the S189 (retrenchment) process for a period of 7 days.

“This will allow all stakeholders to further engage and explore further options in an effort to ensure the financial sustainability of the SABC. The SABC is committed to meaningfully engaging with all its stakeholders as it continues to make the Corporation financially sustainable in order to fulfil its public mandate,” said SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo.

SABC staff have been picketing during lunchtime this week, demanding that management take responsibility for the corporation’s financial problems.

Workers had threatened to strike today if plans to cut jobs at the broadcaster went ahead.