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Meeting with SABC and delegation of Board confirmed for Wednesday.

We sincerely hope our demands will be met.

Letter from SABC:

Dear Sirs

We refer to the above matter and the meeting held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 with the Acting GCEO, Ms Nomsa Philiso (“AGCEO”) refers.

The AGCEO and the delegation of the SABC Board cordially invite you to attend a feedback meeting to be held as set out below.

The details of the meeting are as follows:-

Date            : 25 October 2017

Venue           : 28th Floor boardroom, Radio Park

Time            : 12h30 – 13h30

Your attendance at the meeting will be highly appreciated.




​​Organised Labour at the SABC met with the Acting GCEO, Nomsa Philiso on 19 October 2017.

It was a cordial meeting and Philiso briefed Labour on the current situation the SABC finds itself in. Some of the demands in our 13 October were met, and on others Philiso will give feedback at the latest Wednesday, 25 October 2017.

Philiso confirmed the following important issues:

  • SABC Employees WILL receive their 13th Cheques  in December. (This was negotiated by SABC Unions many years ago, and became part of terms and conditions of employment)
  • There are no retrenchments on the cards.
  • She will meet with the new Chairperson of the Board over the weekend and with the new Minister on Monday to discuss the salary increase demand, and will revert to us latest Wednesday.
  • The PSC (Public Service Commission) is already busy investigating the unprocedural appointments.  There are 33 action points to deal with. We requested to be observers in that process and see the terms of reference. We await feedback from Philiso.
  • The SIU has started with their investigations in respect of  criminal and financial issues.
  • Forensic audit is busy investigating the Protest Policy.
  • A monthly meeting with Labour and her office for at least the following six months will take place to exchange ideas and give feedback in respect of progress.
  • In respect of the merger between Henley & News, she will investigate why it has not completely happened.
  • In respect of the unprocedurally published shift roster for News Staff by a manager of a different department, she will revert in the next few days. She confirmed it is absolute nonsense that a manager’s contract will prevent him, if acting to compile and publish shift rosters as alleged by NEWS MANAGEMENT. In respect of the Acting Head of News, we questioned the secondment from Makatees from Cape Town. We pointed out, whilst the SABC is claiming to be insolvent, they spending money on travel and accommodation for Makatees, whilst the job can be done by people in Johannesburg. She undertook to investigate.

Feedback were given to members in K1 Auditorium, Johannesburg SABC and the Regions via rediffusion.

The Auditorium was packed and and number of members had to stand outside, as there was no space inside. Employees were  ready to go on strike, and the unanimous decision was if the SABC is going to persist with a zero percent increase by 25 October, they will proceed with a strike.

More updates will follow.

Here under a short video of the attendance.  (Apologies for the sound)





The Acting Group Chief Executive

Ms Nomsa Philiso




Dear Madam,

We write this letter to you with sincere and extreme urgency, with the hope and belief you would be able to address, with the same urgency our concerns and demands.

The SABC has been plagued by bad management, bad managerial decisions costing the Public Broadcaster a deficit of more than a Billion Rand, bad publicity caused by the Board, Chairperson of the Board and Top Management.

We have been subjected to management by threats and fear, unilateral restructurings, change of work practices and shift roster, appointments without advertising positions and a zero-percentage increase.

Most of the enforcers who was responsible for the Protest Policy and the subsequent dismissal of the SABC journalists opposed to this are still employed, at lucrative salaries at the SABC. For them its business as usual, and they have escaped justice.

To the contrary, employees who has done nothing wrong and always served the SABC with diligence and loyalty, were kicked out by not renewing their contracts.

As you are acutely aware, these issues are of extreme discomfort, concern and unhappiness to employees at the SABC.

BEMAWU and other employees has brought these issues to the attention of Parliament and Management, and there seems to be no progress, commitment or will to address and resolve these issues.

In the meantime, the SABC is slipping deeper into insolvency, to the extent that it endangers the employment, wellbeing, and health of our members.

It is our view the SABC is still captured by politicians – more than ever – and we cannot sit back to allow this to happen.

Employees at the SABC have not received a salary increase, and rumours are rife our contractual 13th Cheques are in danger and may not be paid on 1 December.

We therefore demand the following:

  1. The immediate appointment of the Board already selected and recommended by Parliament,
  2. The immediate suspension of all the enforcers of the Protest Policy which resulted in the dismissal of the SABC 8, to wit
    • Kenneth Makatees,
    • Nothando Maseko,
    • Nyana Molete,
    • Sebolelo Ditlhakanyane,
  3. Furthermore, all the unprocedurally appointed managers and/or people who supported the system to either enforce the Protest Policy, contributed to the poor financial position of the SABC, defending same publicly or legally, neglect to act when policies and procedures were not followed, and did not report irregularities when they became aware of same:
    • Tshifhiwa Mulaudzi – GE, Sales & Marketing clearly not competent to motivate the Sales Teams
    • Abdul Matthee – Responsible for the loss in Millions due to the Landmark system
    • Keobokile Mosweu
    • Sizwe Vilikazi
    • Bessie Tugwana
    • Tseliso Ralitabo
    • Ayanda Mkhize
    • Theresa Geldenhuys
  4. The status quo in respect of structural changes, work patterns and hours of employees, in particular in News, until a new Board is in office, and employees be properly consulted,
  5. The full and unconditional restoration of the merger between Henley and News, with no change in reporting lines and work practices, without full and proper consultation with employees, and only after a new Board has been appointed,
  6. A salary increase of 10% across the board, backdated to April 2017.
  7. The appointment of all workers previously on Fixed Term Contracts at News, whose contracts has not been renewed as Fixed Term, but as Freelance Contracts, or not at all.
  8. The removal of Kenneth Makatees as Acting Head of News, to be replaced by a non-enforcer nominated from the competent News Staff in Johannesburg,
  9. The redeployment of Themba Mathonsi to a different department, where he is not required to work with subordinates, as he is unfit to manage employees. Employees are tired of his Gestapo style of management.
  10. We demand a full investigation regarding the protest policy and the report should be made public.
  11. An investigation at SABC Sport in respect of the non-renewal of contracts, the redeployment of admin people in operational roles under disguise to develop them, the appointment of freelancers to act in permanent positions.
  12. An investigation into the appointment of Bessie Tugwana as the Acting COO, in particular as she has reached retirement age, and allegations of her employing friends.
  13. The renewal of the contract of Keobokile Mosweu, an alleged enforcer of Motsoeneng to be investigated and reversed.

Should these demands not be met in seven (7) days, excluding the unilateral change to the shift roster of News Staff, from date of this letter, Labour will file a dispute and ballot its members to seek a mandate for a protected strike.

In respect of the unilateral change to shift patterns and working conditions, a separate letter will follow.

We await your most urgent response.


Organised Labour at the SABC






The following letter was sent to the SABC to request paid time off for Hindu employees at the SABC.

Dear Sirs,

This issue has been raised before, as we hereby do again.

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).

It is an official holiday in FijiGuyanaIndiaMalaysiaMauritiusMyanmarNepalSingaporeSri LankaSurinameTrinidad and Tobago, and Sindh Province in Pakistan. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.  Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar (the month of Aippasi in Tamil Calendar). In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.

This is similar to Christmas for Christians. This year DIWALI starts on 18 October 2017.

This serves as a request that Hindu employees be granted paid time off to celebrate DIWALI. It furthermore serves as a request to amend the Leave Policy to incorporate this period as paid time off, in particular in recognition and protection of minority rights and cultures in South Africa.

We await your urgent response.








Dear Mr Xama,

On a daily basis we see new positions being advertised, in particular externally.

In terms of the SABC’s Recruitment Policy all positions must be advertised first internally, and only if a suitable candidate could not be sourced internally, it may be advertised externally. We believe the SABC is not follow this policy. In Polokwane a position has been advertised externally despite suitable candidates internally who applied for the position.

In addition, advertising positions externally means an increase in the head count of SABC Staff. An increase in headcount means an increase in employment cost. It appears to be rather reckless and may even border on transgressions of the Insolvency Act to continue to increase cost and financial liability in near insolvency conditions.

We urge the SABC to stop all external recruitment, and rather afford employees of the SABC the opportunity to apply for and be accommodated and developed in positions they may not meet all the requirement.

Our rights are reserved.


Hannes du Buisson




It is October. No salary increase. No Board. A bankrupt SABC.

We started with Salary Negotiations, and the SABC had 0% on offer. Organised Labour agreed to postpone negotiations until the Government Guarentee has been granted.  This seems to be delayed, for no apparent reason. There is no bail-out for now, SABC running in almost a R1b deficit.

So, what do we do?

Do we wait for the Government Guarantee, or do  we go on strike?

Please vote, to give us an indication of your preference. Should the general feeling be we should proceed with a strike, we will ensure proper and due process for a protected strike.





The 13th Cheques of members are contractually safe. There is no way the SABC cannot pay the contractually agreed to 13th cheques of staff.

Here is the relavant part of the Policy


4.1. All eligible permanent employees on scale code 407 to 300 who have had unbroken service
between 01 January to 31 December of a particular year, qualify for a full annual bonus (13th
4.2. Employees who have completed less than twelve (12) months service will receive a pro
rata bonus (13th cheque).
4.3. No bonus will be paid to casual/temporary staff (900 contracts), interns, learners,
independent contractors and anyone who works part-time.
4.4. Annual bonus is based on the employee’s basic monthly salary of end November or the preceding
basic monthly salary of employee’s termination date.
4.5. The bonus is non-pensionable but fully taxable.
4.6. Employees who terminate their services during the year receive a pro rata bonus.
4.7. Bonuses are payable in the first week of December, and are paid into the bank accounts of
members of staff
4.8. Eligible Fixed Term Contract Employees on these scale codes will also qualify in terms of the
above criteria.
4.9. 13th cheques for employees who took more than 30 days of unpaid leave
during the year may be reduced proportionately.




The above matter and your correspondence dated 15 September 2017 bears reference
Please be advised that whilst our notice of consultation sent to you on 14 September 2017 was not given pursuant to rany contsmplstlon for dlsmissals based on operatlonal requirements, we however, confirm that It was not a section189 notice.
We further wish to advise that the merger or otherwise In question will be put in abeyance so as to allow for collaborative engagement with all relevant stakeholders lncludlng yourselves, and to this end the intended consultation as per the dates suggested in our letter of 14 September 2017 will not proceed,
Therefore the two cited departments will continue to function and operate Independent of each other until such time that thorough engagements and consultation have taken place.
Should you require any further information In this regard please do not hesitate to contact the writer hereof.

Merger Reversal LETTER