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SABC layoffs are not unjustified

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There are 2 979 people working there. Doing a crude calculation, the average worker salary is R791 000 per year, or about R66 000 a month.


21 Nov 2020
PREMIUM!
SABC layoffs are not unjustified

General views of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) building in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 18 November 2020. Picture: Michel Bega

The 2020 annual report for the South African Broadcasting Corporation contains, buried in its 172 pages, some astounding information, given the planned retrenchments there and the worker resistance to them. Employee benefits at the SABC for the current book year total R2.357 billion. There are 2 979 people working there. Doing a crude calculation, this means that the average worker salary is R791 000 per year, or about R66 000 a month. If that figure is not eyebrow-raising enough, consider the follow numbers, also contained in the 2020 report. Of the 2 979 people working for the SABC, just 429...

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