COMMUNICATIONS Minister Siphiwe Nyanda has refused to indicate whether some staff at state-owned entities SABC and broadband communication company Sentech are facing retrenchment, writes Amukelani Chauke in The Times.

Questions of possible retrenchments at the organisations arose yesterday when Nyanda announced the findings of the report compiled by the ministerial task team he appointed last year to look into ways of saving the entities further financial decline.

The task team, made up of industry experts, found that Sentech is losing money, and that it derived 74% of its revenue from the SABC.

While he said the report into these entities will not be made public, he said an urgent turn-around strategy was needed to save Sentech.

"The task team urges drastic and immediate action if Sentech is to avoid lapsing into terminal decline," Nyanda said.

He said the task team found that Sentech was "rudderless, inadequately funded and misdirected" and was not a sustainable business.

He said that Sentech's financial woes were caused by several factors, including "a new legal and regulatory regime" allowing competition and the absence of a clear ICT industry framework.

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