R590,000 for every SABC employee

Public broadcaster the SABC paid its staff an average annual salary of R586,370 for the 2014/15 financial year, despite incurring a loss of R395 million.

The SABC said total revenue amounted to R7.487 billion, which represents a 4% year on year growth, mainly attributed to a 7% increase in advertising revenue, which was R5.545 billion.

The collection of TV licence fees amounted to R913 million, which is a 2% decrease from the previous financial year.

According to its financial report, R54.5 million was shared among non-executive directors, executive directors, and senior management of the company, with only 17 members out of a total 40 serving for a full 12 months.

Among its executive directors, the following salaries were received:

Name Position Basic salary Total salary
L Mokhobo* Group CEO
R5.369 m
R8.094 m
G Duda CFO R1.999 m R2.989 m
G Motsoeneng Acting COO R1.67 m R2.872 m
C Olivier Acting COO R1.162 m R1.758 m

*Mokhobo stepped down in 2014.

The SABC has come under fire recently after its COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, had his salary increased to R3.7 million, from R2.872 million before, making him better paid than the president, Jacob Zuma.

In a recent interview with Talk702, Motsoeneng was asked why the SABC made a loss. He said that the SABC is run by people working very hard to raise funds to get revenue, not tax payers money.

“We are not in the business of profit,” he said.

The SABC said that total personnel expenditure amounted to R7.94 billion, with its 3,875 employees compensation and benefits expenditure reaching R2.27 billion.

Permanent employee compensation and benefits expenditure as % of Total Expenditure was 28.6%, with the average employee compensation and benefits expenditure per employee at R586,370.

The average top management position received a salary of R.2 67 million, senior management: R1.6 million, supervisory levels, which made up as many 2,100 people, R485,830, and the ‘rest of staff’ earned an average of R336,530.

Break down on staff pay (including compensation and benefits) by division

Division Total Expenditure (R’000) Permanent Employee Expenditure (R’000) Permanent Employee Expenditure as % of Total No. of Employees Average Employee Expenditure per employee
Commercial Enterprises 364 361 217 184 59.6% 323 672 400
Group Services 657 972 349 474 53.1% 542 644 790
News 962 390 605 633 62.9% 1 059 571 890
Provincial Operations 209 008 103 875 49.7% 184 564 540
Radio 1 029 955 225 207 21.9% 375 600 550
SABC Sport 797 234 39 747 5.0% 59 673 680
Technology 1 065 130 542 603 50.9% 1 010 537 230
Television 2 855 862 188 462 6.6% 323 583 470
Grand Total 7 941 912 2 272 185 28.6% 3 875 586 370

Break down of staff (including compensation and benefits) by level

Level Permanent Employee Expenditure (R’000) Permanent Employee Expenditure as % of Total No. of Employees Average Employee Expenditure per employee
Top Management 37 394 1.6% 14 2 671 000
Senior Management 109 468 4.8% 69 1 586 490
Middle Management 452 282 19.9% 489 924 910
Junior Management 459 975 20.2% 630 730 120
Supervisory Levels 1 020 234 44.9% 2 100 485 830
Rest of Staff 192 832 8.5% 573 336 530
Grand Total 2 272 185 100.0% 3 875 586 370

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