- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has applied for R1.5 billion in Covid-19 relief
- The SABC plans to retrench 600 permanent staff and terminate the contracts of over 1,000 freelancers
- Trying to avoid job loss and possible closure, the SABC is calling upon the government for financial assistance
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has applied for R1.5 billion in Covid-19 relief. The SABC is crippling as the coronavirus has put immense strain on almost all of their operations.
The coronavirus has stopped many productions from producing new content and positive cases have shut some down for extended periods of time. It is extremely hard in the world of entertainment as Covid-19 has had a tremendously negative effect on the industry as a whole.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the public broadcaster plans to retrench 600 permanent staff and terminate the contracts of over 1,000 freelancers in order to try and make it through this tough time. They require major relief as their operation is in trouble.
The catastrophic job cuts are set to come mainly from the newsroom where many are on freelancer contracts. People are fighting to keep their jobs but the SABC just does not have the funds to keep them on, hence the request for major relief.
Many media houses have been hit hard by the pandemic with a lot making hard decisions to cut jobs and some even to close doors. The SABC is doing their best to retain staff and avoid the worst but things are not looking good.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the Unemployment Insurance Fund temporary employer/employee relief scheme benefit is still accepting applications.
The fund says that it will continue to accept and process Covid-19 claims for the months of April, May and June in line with the directive issued by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. However, the scheme will only accept claims for these months according to a statement issued by UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping:
“Although June was the last month for the Covid-19 TERS benefits as per the directive, the UIF will continue to process and pay claims submitted for this period until the cut-off date is determined. However, we will not accept claims submitted for July onwards as that falls outside of the time period stipulated in the directive for the Covid-19 TERS benefits.”
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