Unions and SABC move forward


The management of beleaguered South African broadcaster SABC and Organised Labour – the Media Workers Association of South Africa (MWASA), the Broadcasting, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) and Communications Workers Union (CWU) – have agreed on a framework of engagement regarding the SABC’s turnaround strategy.

This follows the recent incident when the unions walked out of a strategic meeting with the SABC on the basis that they had not been consulted about the turnaround strategy. 

  • The agreement seeks to ensure that all parties:
  • will engage on an ongoing basis in terms of applicable laws and legislation;
  • agree on the frequency of meetings;
  • agree on the sharing of information and providing input in relation to activities pertinent to the SABC and in particular, turnaround strategy

A statement issued by the SABC reads: “The SABC and Organised Labour are happy that they managed to find middle ground and believe these engagements will be the start of a cordial relationship between all parties. All parties committed themselves to ensuring that they play their part in making the turnaround strategy a success.”


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