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Newsnet yet to pay salaries

Staff Writer

NEWSNET, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holding (ZBH)’s propaganda arm, has failed to pay its workers salaries for January as it emerged that the organisation is not generating enoug

h revenue.

Newsnet workers, who include journalists and cameramen, should have been paid last Wednesday but management informed them there was no money.

The workers told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that they were now not sure about when exactly they would get their January salaries.

“We have not yet received our salaries for January and we wonder how management expects us to pay rentals and take care of our families when they are always paying us late,” said one worker speaking on condition of anonymity.

Newsnet workers were paid their December salaries after the first week of January.

“As it is at the moment we have not even negotiated for salary increments for the new year and the message we are always getting is that the organisation has no money,” said another worker.

ZBH chairman Rino Zhuwarara and chief executive officer Tazzen Mandizvidza were said to be locked in meetings when contacted for comment.

However, ZBH public relations officer, Sivukile Simango, promised to get back to the Independent with a comment on the current situation but did not do so by the time of going to press.

ZBH last year unbundled the broadcasting corporation into separate entities in a bid to improve revenue generation. ZBH was unbundled into units that include four radio stations, on-air systems, Newsnet and Sportnet, among others.

However, sources at ZBH said the other entities were not making any profits save for radio services, which was now funding the operations of the whole ZBH set-up.

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