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SABC staff joined by ANCYL members protest against pending retrenchments outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Auckland Park.
SABC staff joined by ANCYL members protest against pending retrenchments outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Auckland Park.
Kayleen Morgan

Snapshot: The SABC has halted its plans to axe 400 workers. The embattled public broadcaster announced on Tuesday announced that the suspension of the retrenchment process had been moved to the end of December but added that the delay did not indicate the reversal of Section 189 notices.

How we got here: The company, which has a history of financial issues due to declining advertising revenue, was cast into the spotlight when it projected a R1.2 billion loss for the current financial year in its latest financial report. This announcement coincided with the plan to reduce staff.

Protest action: SABC staff resorted to lunchtime demonstrations while the Communication Workers Union handed over a memorandum last Friday to call for the immediate retraction of proposed retrenchments.

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