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SABC jobs on the line

11 Feb 2014 08:39
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


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the broadcaster can't invest resources in their talents and have their competitors benefit from them. This is so true.
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 14:40
Doreen Theys
Yes Jojo that is very true..but then the broadcaster has to pay them for their talent and experience.. that's why people do freelance, to supplement the pittance broadcasters, and I'm talking all broadcasters pay in SA ..the industry has suffered for years with very little up-grading in salaries..I worked full time at SABC 20 years ago..I've worked as a freelance producer since then and I know the budgets have been continually reduced, causing a lowering of salaries for all concerned...Offer your people full time commitment so that they can afford to drop freelance work, that will give more opportunity to real freelancers in the industry to make a better living, but above all else broadcasters need to pay people, whether permanent or freelance, according to their true value ...then they will get the loyalty they seek.. you can't pay peanuts and still expect loyalty.
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 14:59
I agree to all what you saying, and I would like to believe that they will pay people otherwise they will never get the best.
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 15:03
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