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INTERVIEW | SABC can be blueprint for SOE turnarounds, says Group CEO Mxakwe amid job cuts

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Madoda Mxakwe (Photo: Mlungisi Louw)
Madoda Mxakwe (Photo: Mlungisi Louw)
Madoda Mxakwe Photo: Mlungisi Louw

The South African Broadcasting Corporation "cannot collapse under our watch", Group CEO Madoda Mxakwe said on Friday, following an announcement that the public broadcaster would move ahead with restructuring that would lead to some 400 job cuts from its staff of 2 900.

The SABC is also considering a three-year salary freeze; reducing employee leave from 35 days to 28; stopping the cashing in of leave; and reducing sick leave from 30 days a year to the 36 days in three years stipulated by law.

The broadcaster must implement a National Treasury-approved turnaround plan – based on recommendations from reports by the Public Protector, the Auditor-General and the SABC itself – as a condition of a government bailout.

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