SABC denies white bias claims

2012-10-09 09:48

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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  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-09 09:58

    Lies, all lies.

  • mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-10-09 09:59

    Thank goodness I have DSTV!!!!!!!!

  • freddie.miff - 2012-10-09 10:01

    The unqualified majority are blaming the performing minority of favouritism from this racist (anti-white) ANC propaganda mouthpiece!?! What nonsense. They should rather focus on doing their jobs and stop this political rubbish.

      neil.harris.370177 - 2012-10-09 10:37

      I have my own company in which I employ people of every colour and I can confirm ONE TRUTH, I have under-performing employees from every racial background and have stars from each as well. If you don't what you talking about then shut up you idiot. There is two things choking this country: 1) the entitlement mentality which is prevalent in a lot of black society; and 2) the better than thou mentality prevalent in some whites. All of you just cut the crap.

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-09 10:05

    BEE:-)AA:-)EQUITY new names for job resevation same song as the old Nat goverment sang now only with new cANCer tune

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-10-09 10:07

    1/10000= 0.00 x 100 = 0.00%

      stefan.madden - 2012-10-09 10:26

      1/10000 = 0.0001 and 0.00 x 100 = 0 = none of which have any reference to a percentage of anything. Your mathematical skills require a few more years of nurturing.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-09 10:17

    Forgive me for saying this but I just don't get this thing of employing disabled people. Its not that we have a damn low unemployment rate to have theses laws. Are disabled people going to revolt against the government? Is it disabled people who are protesting in our streets for jobs? No, so pay them a grant and let those who really wants to work, work.

  • gunther.deutsch.7 - 2012-10-09 10:27

    i work at sabc am NON-Black and I can categorically say as an eyewitness that the STAR report is definitely INACCURATE! and y'all stop bashing SABC just cos u can! do something constructive for a change and stop looking to just point out the dust in others' eyes. when did you last look in the mirror. i worked private sector too, and I can tell you this SABC is most equitable workplace I seen in 15 years of being a working person. more disabled wrk here than i seen elsewhere, more young black talent is developed here than anywhere else I seen. if u are not part of the solution u r part of the problem. narrow minded bigots see only the wrong in others, never the good, and they forget to see in the mirror!

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-09 10:29

    If the SABC improves on their BEE rating further it will become even worse than what they are at the moment..It is because of the few non-AA (non- Advantaged Appointees)that they are not in a bigger mess.

  • valkyriaza - 2012-10-09 10:38

    If BEEE demands companies promote based on demographics, is it any wonder that SABC is managed into the ground

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