Five columnists give their view on the SABC debacle - on what went wrong and what should happen going forward if the public broadcaster is going to be saved.
The SABC was thrown into turmoil this week, when staff were handed Section 189 retrenchment letters.
Following a meeting with staff and top management in the news department after the letters were issued, it was thought there was a respite on Tuesday when head of Current Affairs and News, Phathiswa Magopeni announced that the issuing of retrenchment letters to staff would be reversed. This was later rescinded though when an internal notice was circulated to staff on Wednesday.
The SABC has been dealing with severe funding issues in recent years and at one point didn't pay staff on time. Government offered a R3.2 billion loan to help the broadcaster stay afloat.
This week, however, the SABC reported a net loss of R511 million and net cash outflows from operations of R1.2 billion for the financial reporting period to 31 March.
Five columnists takes a look at the SABC debacle and tries to analyse where the problems started for the broadcaster and what needs to happen going forward.
You can take a look at their views below, exclusive to News24 subscribers:
The public broadcaster is one of the few entities giving the Minister of Communications sleepless nights. But what cripples the SABC's ability to make the leap is the poor funding model it maintains, writes Khaya Sithole.
Ron Derby writes the legacy of former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's handling of salaries and bonuses is reflective in the public broadcaster's current economic woes.