On Wednesday, finance minister Tito Mboweni suggested that the cash strapped SABC should seriously consider restructuring its operations, including merging radio stations and selling off some of its assets. During a media briefing in parliament before delivering his budget speech, Mboweni revealed that the broke public broadcaster has requested R6.8bn from government. Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane is still engaged in talks with SABC executives, said Mboweni. The broadcaster had previously requested a R3bn government guarantee to stay afloat. “But if you grant the request, the money will have to come from somewhere, from another budget allocation … whatever we give them we should agree on a chief restructuring officer [to be deployed] to Auckland Park [SABC headquarters].” The minister said deploying a chief restructuring officer was akin to placing the institution under curatorship. “My advice to the SABC is to stay far away from National Treasury. But we will find a way ...

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