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Eight of the nine ANN 7 employees today reached an agreement with their former employer and settled the unfair dismissal dispute at the CCMA in Pretoria.
The terms of the agreement is confidential.
None of the former employees wanted to be reinstated and opted for a financial settlement.
The Arbitration was presided over by Commissioner Paul Botha. ANN7 was represented by Adv Emile Kilian and the employees was represented by BEMAWU.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng has decided to give 180 local musicians R50 000 each – a whopping R9 million in total as a “token of appreciation” from the cash-strapped public broadcaster – and announced that the SABC will start a music TV channel as well as a new programme dedicated to poems according to the blogspot “TV with Thinus“.
The SABC announced that it’s awarding R50 000 to music legends in a special live SABC2 broadcast carried on the broadcaster’s Morning Live programme as musicians lavished praised on the SABC’s controversial and famously matricless chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng said “financially, SABC is sustainable. We are going forward. We are going to pay our artists and other people doing business with the SABC”.
James Aguma, the SABC’s acting CEO said that “to do good you don’t need to ask anybody for permission. This money is just a token to the legends who have contributed to the music industry.”
BEMAWU will challenge this decision of the SABC.
The CEO and COO cannot run the SABC as if its their own spaza shop. The SABC is a public broadcaster, and money cannot simply be given away.
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By Ayanda Sitole
The SABC’s economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule, who was suspended last week for challenging a decision in an editorial meeting not to show footage of violence at protests, was among journalists who picketed outside the public broadcaster’s offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, this morning.
She addressed the crowd in a touching speech, which was met with resounding nods of agreement and ululation.
In her speech, she called on the “ancestors” of journalism such as Ruth First, Peter Magubane and Can Themba to be with them in spirit as they marched to the Constitutional Court to defend freedom of expression.
“It is freedom of expression that gave us this vocation, do not allow the sun to go down on us,” she said.
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