PARLIAMENT - SABC executives for the second time this month met with scepticism from MPs as they pleaded for a lifeline from the state and signalled that retrenchments were going ahead.
SABC board chairman Bongumusa Makhathini told Parliament's portfolio committee on communications a new government guarantee was imperative, and suggested only that might enable the public broadcaster to reconsider plans to retrench almost 1,000 permanent staff.
"The most important is to get the guarantee because then we can review all of these projects including retrenchments," Makhathini said.
MPs across the political spectrum criticised him for failing to present the committee with a skills register to enable them to weigh whether the company needed or could afford its staff complement to be trimmed.
"This is not a presentation," the Democratic Alliance's communications spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme said. "We want a proper skills audit. Until then, don't talk to me."