'SABC can afford pay increase'

THE SABC is confident there will be enough in its coffers to pay workers an additional 1,5percent, the broadcaster's interim board chairperson Irene Charnley said yesterday.

THE SABC is confident there will be enough in its coffers to pay workers an additional 1,5percent, the broadcaster's interim board chairperson Irene Charnley said yesterday.

This follows its announcement last week that it had agreed to up its pay increase offer from 8,5percent to 10percent.

"We are proposing to the unions that the 1,5 percent be effectively implemented by December, and backdated to April," she said.

Harsh cost-cutting measures had been implemented to ensure the broadcaster did not overspend, including board members forfeiting some of their privileges such as cable television.

"We do not want that privilege ... we already have such televisions in our house; the board accepted a loan laptop, G3 card and phone, that is all," she said.

Charnley said board members would fly economy class, and had put a halt on conferences and seminars. She said the board had not taken a decision on closing the international bureaux.

She said the interim board was focusing on stabilising the SABC and making sure some key vacant posts were filled. - Sapa

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