Naidoo backs SABC plan
MINISTER of Communication Jay Naidoo has come out in full support of the SABC's internal restructuring plan, which has been attacked by trade unions at the public broadcaster, writes THABO KOBOKOANE.
The plan, by US consultants Mckinsey, envisages saving the cash-strapped broadcaster R450-million by shedding 1 400 jobs, scaling down offices and closing some companies within the SABC stable.
In his first response to the plan since it was made public, Naidoo said restructuring was necessary to position the SABC for competition in the deregulated environment. He reiterated government's commitment to the long-term funding of the broadcaster, in addition to providing the R177-million it provided in the financial year to end-March.
There had been no agreement yet on the extent of state funding for the SABC.