SABC confirms that 981 permanent employees and 1,200 freelancers could be retrenched as a result of the restructuring.
The public broadcaster confirmed the news with a statement – that they will be going ahead with Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.
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 news comes as no surprise, as the SABC is facing a major financial crisis and failing to pay producers of shows and service providers.
They express that this move could help 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.