ABC clarifies media reports about 10% wage offer
July 7th, 2009 - 16:43 UTC by Andy Sennitt

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has clarified media reports stating that a 10 percent increment has been offered to appease workers threatening to go on strike. Speaking to BuaNews, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said media reports stating that the broadcaster was offering a further 1.5 percent above its original 8.5 percent wage offer was inaccurate. We have not offered a 10 percent increment as indicated [by media reports]. Even if we were looking at that [an increment] there is no board and we have no mandate for that, Mr Kganyago said.

Workers at the state broadcaster belong to three unions, namely the Communications Workers Union (CWU), the Media Workers Association of South Africa (Mwasa) and the Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu). According to Mr Kganyago two of the unions, CWU and Mwasa, have obtained the right to strike. We hear that the strike is scheduled for Monday, said Mr Kganyago.

Parliament is expected later today to consider the appointment of an interim five member SABC Board following the dissolving of the board. Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday signed a presidential minute dissolving the SABC Board. Department of Communications spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso told BuaNews that the interim board is not expected to be operational for longer than six months.

It will not be in operation for over six months. Over the course of the six months, processes to instil a fulltime 12 member board will begin with the public being asked to submit names of a possible board, said Mr Rikhotso. They will take up office but it will be as soon as possible, he said, adding that the old board was still expected to serve a three month notification.