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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said it has issued a notice of possible redundancies following consultations with the public broadcaster’s key stakeholders.
"The notice of redundancy will impact approximately 600 employees and these affected employees will be invited to make representations during a consultation process which will be facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration," the SABC said in a statement.
"This is to ensure full transparency, accountability and impartiality in terms of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995."
The SABC said that organised labour, as well as representatives of the non-unionised employees, will be consulted "within a meaningful joint consensus-seeking process as mandated by Section 189 of the LRA."
The notice follows the launch of the SABC’s new ‘Target Operating Model’- a strategic renewal initiative aimed at transforming the corporation into "a financially sustainable, self-sufficient and fit-for-purpose public broadcaster."
Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union’s Hannes Du Buisson said: “I’m shocked to the core to receive such a letter from the SABC especially during now that we’re going through a difficult time in our country. If the letter says that there has been meetings with unions in terms of consultations, that is not true.”
In 2018, the SABC announced a restructuring process, where the jobs of 1 200 freelancers and 981 permanent employees could be affected, which was later was put on ice.