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SABC denies white bias claims

Oct 09 2012 09:48 Sapa

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Johannesburg - The SABC has denied a media report that it does not look after the needs of disabled employees or black employees in junior positions.

"At the moment, all we can say regarding the report is that it is not true," spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago said on Monday.

"We will give a formal response at a later stage, but it is not true."

Kganyago was responding to an article in The Star on Monday about the SABC black economic empowerment (BEE) verification report, compiled by the National Empowerment Rating Agency, which was handed over to the SABC board in August.

According to the report, the SABC failed to meet its target of 2% employment of disabled black employees as it had a 0.0% in this category.

Kganyago said: "This number, in particular, is wrong. It means we have no black disabled employees and we do."

The public broadcaster also received a 0.0% rating in the category of providing skills development to black employees, instead of its three percent target.

According to The Star, the SABC promised to ensure that 68% of its black employees would be in junior management positions, but the report indicated that only 59.8% were appointed.

The Star reported that this had caused unhappiness among those affected, and that they were questioning top management's "bias towards white people".

The BEE rating of the public broadcaster declined by 3.10 and now stands at a score of 14.75 per element, the Star reported.

A similar report released in July 2010, revealed that the SABC's BEE procurement recognition level stood at 110% and its BEE status was of a level-three contributor.

In the latest report, the rating dropped to that of a level-four contributor and its BEE procurement recognition was 100%.

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