SABC closes Kimberley offices after staffer tests positive for Covid-19

The IOL reported the SABC has closed its Kimberley offices and has asked all employees to quarantine after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

Mmoni Seapolelo the acting spokesperson for the public broadcaster confirmed the case at its Northern Cape provincial office.

“As a precautionary measure, we will close the Kimberley office and all employees based in that office will also be quarantined. The employee concerned is under quarantine and will be monitored,” she said.

It is believed the employee is a journalist.

BEMAWU has been urging the SABC since the 17th of March 2020 to sent home its non-core staff to curb the spread of the virus and to safeguard employees.

The SABC did not do so.

Instead, the SABC accused BEMAWU of being alarmist and creating panic.

The COVID19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the WHO, and thousands of people already died.

Whilst employers like MultiChoice and Discovery Health swiftly acted by sending home its non-core employees, the SABC dragged its feet.

BEMAWU wishes the employee a speedy recovery and we sincerely hope the killer virus has not been spread to other SABC employees.