The idiots are right – Hlaudi wasn’t cut out for layoffs

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The idiots are right – Hlaudi wasn’t cut out for layoffs

Populists who are also economically illiterate don’t understand why things need to be built or maintained

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The firing of more than 600 employees from the SABC this week was grim. It was also inevitable.

The latter fact would provide little consolation to the journalists and broadcasters whose lives have just been torn apart and who now face the terrible prospect of having to find work in a shrinking industry in a rotten economy.

Certainly, even the harshest critic of the SABC must have been moved by the sight of anchor Desiree Chauke being unable to get through a report about the retrenchments. The national broadcaster is not only losing a great deal of talent and institutional knowledge: it is also losing many professionals who care deeply about what they and their colleagues do...

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