The SABC’s dire financial situation is due to the “reckless mismanagement” of the corporation, epitomised by former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said on Monday.
“This included his mismanagement of human resources.”
In a scathing statement, Sanef noted SABC’s announcement on Friday that it had “met with organised labour to inform them that they were contemplating implementing section 189 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA)” – and thus retrenchments at the SABC.
On Thursday, the financially stricken broadcaster sent out an internal statement to employees, informing them that it had met with the leadership of organised labour to inform [them] that it planned on undertaking retrenchment processes in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.
“Sanef notes the dire financial situation the [SABC] finds itself in.
“The SABC had a net loss of R622m for the 2017/18 financial year. One of the biggest cost drivers was the salary bill. The SABC is a R7.2bn revenue generating company with a salary bill of R3.1bn.” NEWS 24