As the SABC's financial woes continue to mount, the public
broadcaster's latest cost-cutting exercise is to close down three of
its 12 international bureaus, writes Candice Bailey in The Star.

The SABC on Friday night confirmed that its offices in Jamaica, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Washington DC would be affected.

The move would be completed by September.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said that the staff would be absorbed into other bureaus or brought back to South Africa.

'The SABC truly appreciates the excellent journalism delivered by staff'
Bureaus in New York, Dakar, Lagos, Nairobi, Harare, Sao Paolo, London, Brussels and Beijing will remain operational.

In a statement, the SABC said the news and current affairs management had decided that it would be too expensive to continue the Jamaica and Washington operations.

The closure comes roughly a month after the national broadcaster announced it was freezing all vacant posts owing to a R784-million budget deficit. This included scrapping tea, coffee, sugar and milk supplies to its low-level staffers.

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