Contingency plans in place to avoid weekend ‘blackout’, says SABC

Contingency plans in place to avoid weekend ‘blackout’, says SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has put contingency plans in place to prevent any possibly broadcast blackout over the weekend.

A picture taken on October 20, 2010 shows the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) headquarters in Johannesburg. South Africa's crisis-hit public broadcaster posted a modest profit in the first six months of the 2010 financial year after a financ

Disgruntled employees have threatened to take the broadcaster off the air in retaliation for its plans to retrenchment some 400 staff members.

The employees joined a lunchtime picket by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and various political parties at the SABC’s Auckland Park headquarters on Friday. 

SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo has warned that there will be consequences for employees involved in any form of sabotage.

“The SABC is fully aware of a plan to create a blackout on our platforms. We can confirm that there are contingency plans in place that will kick in immediately should this self-induced crisis be precipitated. There will be consequence management against any employee who is involved in the planned blackout.” 

Seapolelo says the national broadcaster will continue to function in spite of any protest action.

“The SABC has a statutory duty and public mandate to provide uninterrupted radio and television services for millions of South Africans, noting that many households depend primarily on the SABC for their information. 

“We want to assure the public that we remain committed to delivering our public mandate of informing, educating, and entertaining South Africans, irrespective of any planned misconduct or ill-discipline.” 


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