The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana, and other senior officials of the Department recently held an urgent meeting with the board of the SABC.
According to a statement issued by the government communications, the purpose of the meeting was for the board and executive management of the SABC to explain its action of continuing with the retrenchment process currently under way at the SABC. The process was fuelled by recent disturbing developments at the public broadcaster.
The Minister appealed to the SABC board to consider all possible options and to preserve jobs. The meeting also gave the Minister an opportunity to hear the board members’ suggestions on the matter of these proposed retrenchments and to consider their different inputs on the matter.
The SABC also appeared before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications following the meeting, in order to provide an account of the retrenchment process and any alternatives they have in place to mitigate the current strife with employees and unions.
The Minister is also expected to provide remarks on the matter for considerations by the Portfolio Committee and recommend a way forward.
“I would like to call on the employees of the public broadcaster to exercise restraint and patience during this period of intervention by the Department and the Parliament,” said Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams.