SABC presenters cry foul

2010-06-06 09:41

Regular SABC football presenters are up in arms that the

broadcaster has hired superstar analysts such as World ­Cup-winning coach Luiz

Felipe Scolari and former World Player of the Year George Weah at more than 10

times their wages.


The presenters, who this week threatened to boycott the SABC’s

World Cup broadcast, were unhappy with talk that Scolari would earn about

R145 000 a shift and other ­renowned guests ­between ­R35 000 and R40 000.

Regular analysts earn between R3 000 and R5 000.

The presenters and analysts met on Friday to map a way ­forward but

resolved to delay ­action until after the World Cup, according to sources.

One of the sources, who asked not to be named for fear of

victimisation, said: “Things are chaotic at SABC. We were only given the

schedule this week.”

The source said that they were given a shuttle service schedule

only on Friday.

This service will be between the Auckland Park SABC offices and

their Sandton Convention Centre broadcast studios.

“When people who live in Sandton and surrounding areas suggested

using their cars rather, they were told to take it or leave it,” said the

source.

Other foreign analysts ­include former Liverpool and England great

Kevin Keagan, former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, Liverpool great

Paul Ince, French football coach Bernard Lama, former Liverpool coach Gerard

Houllier and African stars Abedi Pele and Austin Jay-Jay Okocha.

Presenter Lindani Mbense has been relegated to a daily review show.

He will alternate with Kwena Moabelo and commentator Duane Dell’Oca.

Mbense will not anchor any live games and there is no sign of the

SABC’s award-winning presenter Carol Manana on the schedule.

Walter Mokoena and Tshepo Mabona will anchor live matches during

the group stages.

The locals will battle it out for slots in the knockout stages,

which will be allocated based on their performance during the group stages.

Of

the 48 round- robin matches, the SABC’s regular analysts David Kekana, Mike

Mangena, Deshi Baktawer, Christophe Bongo, Coudjoe Amankwah and Steve Komphela

are scheduled to do between two and four games each.

Yorke and Ince will analyse 13 and 16 games respectively while

Okocha, Pele and Weah are scheduled to cover between seven and nine games.

Bolstering the local contingent are journalist Jonty Mark, coaches

Clive Barker, Ernst Middendorp, Roger de Sa, Owen da Gama, former Banyana

Banyana captain Desiree ­Ellis and ex-Banyana Banyana manager Fran

Hilton-Smith.

Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said there was no way any SABC

employee could know what Scolari and other analysts earned because they were

­contracted through an international agency, UTC.

Kganyago said the SABC paid a lump-sum figure, which he would not

specify, directly to an ­agency.

“We’re not sidelining anyone. This is part of a skills transfer

because South Africa has never hosted a World Cup ­before,” he said, adding that

the locals should not feel worthless.


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