By Staff Reporter
The South African Broadcasting Corporation(SABC) has issued a statement confirming that 981 permanent employees and 1,200 freelancers could be retrenched in a effort to save costs.
The public broadcaster confirmed it will proceed with Section 189of the Labour Relations Act. The statement reads as follows:
“It is envisaged that all employees and at all levels in the SABC will be affected by the restructuring. This would include Group Services, Provincial Operations, Commercial Enterprises, Media Technology and Infrastructure, News, Radio, Sport and Television.
“At this stage, and should retrenchments be necessary, it is envisaged that 981 (nine hundred and eighty one) employees may possibly be retrenched as a result of the restructuring, across all the aforesaid business units and operations of the SABC. Out of the 2400 freelancers, 1200 will be affected.
The SABC has been facing some financial problems for quite some time, however they have stated that this move could help them save costs.
“This exercise should result in a cost saving of approximately R440 Million per annum, even at this preliminary stage. This amount excludes the projected cost savings from the planned reduction of freelancers,” the Broadcaster said.