ZBC problems not insurmountable

via ZBC problems not insurmountable – DailyNews Live Staff Writer  1 OCTOBER 2013 

The plight of workers at State broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been dire for some time. And the situation seems to be getting worse.

Their salaries are being paid in small advances of between $60 to $100, making it well nigh impossible for employees to provide for their families.

To make matters worse, their medical aid has been stopped.

Since their case has gone for so long without remedy, the staff is appealing to the heavens above for divine intervention — through spiritual fasting.

Workers have been sending each other mobile messages to start spiritual fasting today for the next three days.

But officials at the broadcaster seem totally unmoved.

A public relations officer for the organisation said: “If they decide to seek divine intervention, then let them do so, but at their own peril.”

How can appealing for divine intervention constitute a peril?

It is inexcusable that workers should be treated in this way and still be expected to put in a good day’s work on empty stomachs, with hungry children probably not going to school and landlords threatening to evict them. That’s a tall order.

In March, a parliamentary committee on Media, Information, and Communication Technology said there was widespread disgruntlement among staff and that this was compromising the quality of programming at the broadcaster.

This has driven the majority of audiences to watch satellite television.

At that time, the workers had not been paid for two months.

Despite the report, nothing seems to have been done to alleviate the workers’ predicament.

There is no justification for the lethargy because top management  is said to be getting obscene salaries and hefty allowances.

Happyson Muchechetere the organisation’s chief executive said then that ZBC had imported new broadcasting equipment worth $6.5m from China under a government-to-government deal.

The equipment also included a new outside broadcasting van.

How can workers be expected to operate such expensive equipment on empty stomachs?

In the past, there have been cases at ZBC where workers paid themselves by using the broadcaster’s equipment in desperation.

This should not be allowed to happen.

The workers are now pinning their hopes on new Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo to save them.

We urge the authorities to expeditiously tackle the problem as workers and families are suffering unnecessarily.

The problem is not insurmountable.

 

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 6
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    stop complaining, you brought this on yourself…you think with those Zanu jingles and Zanu prasing reports was going to do you any good. Professionals quit! If you are a judge, a lawyer, a policeman, a journalist, and you are told to do something that is wrong, stand your ground, no matter who it is. If you are threated, resign. Imagine if everyone had this mentallity, would we be where we are with the ZEC, the police, the Alson Mufiri’s. ZBC my foot, do you still run any adverts besides the KwaMutandavana Gallas that you host with the AnaKupfupi. What you see is what you get…and you have seen it.

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    hasting banda 7 years ago

    ZBC workers just do the sensible thing and seek alternative employment. Bluntly speaking no one sympathises with you in the nation because you are an outpost of ZANU. Instead of fasting for pay, fast for forgiveness for foul mouthing others through your platforms. How about bearing false testimony,lying about issues. You propagandists be serious. God is God he is not a baby to play with. Seek the kingdom of God first.

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    Johnothan Moyo brought about the destruction of the civilised press in Zimbabwe. Maybe they should ask him for their 20 pieces of silver.

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    gorongoza 7 years ago

    Ngavamame! avo hatina kana graft navo avo. ngavaende vanoita demo yavo at the shake shake building because thats the party which shld have paid for its adverts. they give zanu 80% of airtime for free and expect to have revenue? ngavadye nhoko dzezvironda!

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    masvukupete 7 years ago

    Even Happison Muchechetere and his family do not watch ZBC so who does he think is watching it. They should stop fasting and start producing good quality products.

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    masvukupete 7 years ago

    Dont they see the opportunity here. They must stop demanding salaries instead demand TV and radio licences. Zvimwe zve equipment will coming running so that they can compete with Happison.