SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is on a mission to rid the corporation of freelance presenters and staff members are walking on egg shells, according to insiders.
A task team consisting of the chief himself, Human Resources boss Jabulani Mabaso and Group Radio Executive Lesley Ntloko has been set up for that reason.
The COO has already told presenters that they cannot work for the SABC and its competitors at the same time.
A producer at the public broadcaster said: "The COO said that there are too many freelancers. The plan is to have them on contract or permanently employed, some will be released.
"The employees' fate is in the managers' hands, and the problem with the SABC is that the managers are both players and referees, in a sense that you get line managers that also present.
"It is not a fair playing field for junior employees.
"They are doing away with the freelancers from 1 April. Getting rid of them will be difficult and the lucky few will remain."Fear? the worng story?
A week ago, Motsoeneng allegedly told a staff meeting that the broadcaster can't invest resources in their talents and have their competitors benefit from them.
A second insider said Motsoeneng had raised concern about what he termed "redundancy" at the corporation. "The task team will look at hiring people who can work across the board, people who can work on both TV and radio. People are scared at that place (SABC)."
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago yesterday said that there was a lot of wrong information that was being spread about the broadcaster's employment policy.
"I do not know why people would be threatened because this came from their requests saying that they want to be permanent," said Kganyago.
"If you do your job, you cannot feel threatened. Another thing is that there are people who do not want to be permanent because they want to do other things elsewhere."
Source: Sowetan, via I-Net Bridge