Apparently, not winning the Metros is not such a bad thing after all as Metro FM awards winners are yet to get paid three months after the event.
A report on Sunday World has revealed that the SABC has not paid both winners and performers at the awards ceremony which took place in Durban earlier this year.
This follows the public broadcaster’s inability to fork out the money for the payment which runs into millions. Instead, it chose to focus on more important matters like the payment of production companies that produce some of the station’s flagship programmes and soapies.
Metro FM awards winners and performers were reportedly owed more than R3 million. And since the payment is not forthcoming, most winners have turned to the Association of Independent Record Companies (Airco) for intervention.
Notwithstanding, SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago has an explanation for the situation. Though he confirmed that artists have not been paid their winnings, Kaizer said it wasn’t the broadcaster’s fault. He explained that the problem with the affected persons is either that they did not sign their contracts on time or delayed in submitting invoices.
“Those who have not been paid are winners and performers. But that’s because others have not sent their invoices and others have not signed their contracts to help us pay them,” said Kaizer.
According to Kaizer, the first group that sent invoices after the awards were paid or being prioritised.
Speaking about the case taken to Airco, Kaizer said he said he’s shocked to find out that the affected individuals went to the company to complain. This was after they were told of the financial woes of the SABC and that they would be paid in no time.
“Those people have been calling every day and we have communicated with them. They know our situation. I’m shocked that they went to Airco about the matter.”
Meanwhile, Airco deputy chairman Stanley Khoza said they were working with the SABC to ensure that the payments are made.