Bomb scare puts SABC on ‘autopilot’

2010-04-14 15:15

Employees of the SABC in Radio Park, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, had to be evacuated today when an anonymous caller claimed there was a bomb in the 29-storey building.


According to the public broadcaster’s spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, about half of the SABC’s 4?000 employees work in the building.


Employees could be seen milling around the parking lot while impatiently waiting for the police to finish searching for the bomb.


One employee said: “We were told that there was a bomb in our office and we had to evacuate immediately.”


According to Kganyago, at around 1pm today someone phoned and said there was a bomb in the building: “The police’s dog unit is in the building searching for the bomb.”


The motive for the bomb scare was not known. Kganyago said radio broadcasts were not interrupted as contingency plans were in place. “We simply switch transmission to the regions or go on automation,” he said.


An SAfm employee who refused to be named confirmed that the station’s transmission was switched to automation, with music being broadcast for the duration of the scare.


Two hours later, the head of SABC Radio, Thami Ntenteni, announced with a loud-hailer: “We are given the all clear, you can all go back to work.”


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