Friday, May 15, 2009

TV Emergency Coalition -URGENT meeting re SABC payment crisis (this Monday 4pm) & possible industry demonstration (this Thursday!)

SAFSED friends and affiliates - Please distribute to your members:

The coalition task group URGENTLY requests you attend a meeting regards the SABC Payment Crisis at ATLAS studios at 4PM on MONDAY 18th MayDFA would like to suggest Cape Town set up a similar meeting simultaneously and communicate with JHB on their feelings.
There has been an overwhelming request by members of the emergency coalition to hold a demonstration to seek urgent government intervention regards the ongoing financial crisis at the SABC.
The assurance given to the industry on the 12th of April by SABC that they can meet their financial obligations has not been forthcoming and many production companies have now found themselves laying off people and seriously considering closing down. The SABC has stopped responding to the coalition and individual requests for an update. It has come to the coalition’s attention that there is close to R 40 million outstanding payments – they have not been able to confirm this with the SABC who are not responding.
The date proposed for the demonstration is Thursday  21st May. It is very important that the broader industry discuss process, protocol and procedure so that we are focused and have a common agreed aim, message and desired outcome.

The coalition task group