THE SUSPENSION of the Section 189 process has been extended to the end of December 2020.
This means thousands of SABC staff who are to face retrenchments will for now get a reprieve following tough talks between the public broadcaster, unions and Government.
In the past days SABC senior staff reporters were gracing headlines fighting retrenchments by having one-on-one with senior personnel instead of hitting the grounds for stories and for their efforts a compromise was reached.
However, the Section 189 still remains in place.
SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo says: “During this period, the SABC management and its employees, will jointly work with all participating parties, to further review the proposed structures with the intent to ensure that they are optimal and enabling to achieve the public mandate of the SABC,” said
“The SABC and the participating parties will utilise this time for further mediated sessions with an independent labour expert to explore alternative options to minimising the impact of retrenchments. The issued redundancy letters will also be extended by the same period. The Section 189 process has not been terminated.”
A frustrated colleague who works at Channel Africa also mentioned the channel will be closed due to lack of funding.
During the 30 days, the troubled broadcaster says it will entertain responses from those willing to apply for early retirement or voluntary severance packages.