Massive SABC “ex-gratia payments”: report

The Sunday Independent reported that some middle managers at the SABC received an additional month’s salary on Friday, while others received an R8,000 bonus.

These bonuses, the newspaper reported, was ‘at the behest of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’. It was further reported that he also proposed that executives receive a R100,000 bonus each.

However, a source told the Sunday Independent that executives were offered two month’s salary as part of the bonus scheme.

An SABC spokesperson told the newspaper that the payments were not bonuses, but rather “ex-gratia payments thanking staff for their work”.

This report confirms a Sunday Times report on 20 July 2014 that the SABC has paid around R42 million in bonuses to its staff and middle management, The Sunday Times reported.

According to the report, bonuses of R8000 after tax were paid to 3007 workers as part of a wage agreement with unions.

In July 2014 SABC Group CEO Tian Olivier said that the SABC will apply to the Minister of Communications for an annual TV license fee increases.

Speaking to parliament, Olivier said that regular TV licence tariff increases are crucial if the SABC is not to fall behind in raising funding to adequate levels.

He added that they are planning to increase commercial revenue through employing market penetration and market development tactics as well as product development tactics.

The public broadcaster had a checkered past when it comes to finances. This resulted in former finance minister Pravin Gordhan saying in 2013 that the SABC could see some restructuring to stop bleeding money.

The ANC resolved at its national conference in Mangaung two years ago that government must increase its funding to the SABC.

“In addition to government funding, the SABC requires a long-term sustainability strategy, based on a people-centred approach to public broadcasting,” the ANC said.

Over the years the public broadcaster has been plagued by financial troubles, staff problems, and high management turnover.

–Reporting with SAPA

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