The SABC appears to be running out of cash to fund the station and pay its workers.
Insiders believe that the SABC is going through this hardship as a result of former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s mishandling of financial affairs.
Consequently, the public broadcaster has been left with issues on how to pay top soapies such as Muvhango, Isidingo and Uzalo. Also, there seems to be less money to pay other workers at the station.
The aforementioned shows are all commissioned by the SABC and air on SABC 2, 3 and 1 respectively. Thus, they are supposed to receive payment from the broadcaster.
However, a report on Sunday Sun alleges that the SABC hassome serious financial issues. As a result, the production company Endemol which produces Isidingo, wasn’t paid last month.
On the other hand, while Uzalo only received a part payment of what was allocated, 7de Laan and Muvhango were not paid at all.
An insider confirmed this; “We are unable to pay our workers, who include presenters, actors and people who work behind the scenes.”
Meanwhile, the chief financial officer of the SABC Audrey Raphela made it known to production companies and those awaiting payment that the public broadcaster would take care of the payments by April 7.
Nevertheless, some people have remained skeptical about the broadcaster keeping to its promise.
The issue of not meeting up on payment seems to be a regular occurrence with the broadcaster. Last year, Muvhango boss Duma Ndlovu revealed that there is no money to pay the crew. The show’s contract with the SABC had expired in August and nothing was done to renew it at the time.
“Our contract with the SABC expired in August, and without a new contract, there is no money to pay actors,” Ndlovu explained.
Though the matter was resolved, it seems be reappearing from time to time.