Moyo faces uphill ZBC task

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NEW Information minister Jonathan Moyo faces an uphill task of, among other things, rationalising salary scales of senior managers at the troubled and top-heavy ZBC, with 46 managers gobbling up close to US$800 000 in wages, the Zimbabwe Independent has been told.

ELIAS MAMBO

Sources say Moyo hit the ground running by instructing the managers to come up with a sensible organogram showing what the broadcaster’s new structure should be in an attempt to bridge the gap between the lower and upper employees’ salaries.

“Moyo has ordered a return to the old organisational structure of editor-in-chief, deputy editor and assignments editor, rendering a lot of managers redundant,” said one source.

“The new structure will leave a lot of managers jobless because there was a lot of duplication of roles, for example we have assignments manager, assignments editor, chief producer and bulletins manager playing similar roles,” the source said.

Moyo was not available for comment yesterday. Despite ZBC’s technical insolvency, bankruptcy and outdated infrastructure, investigations show the company is paying its senior managers huge salaries which bear no relationship to market realities while reporters and other staff earn crumbs. It is not clear where the money to pay managers is coming from.

“The least paid manager nets around US$7 000, while general managers get about US$18 000, heads of department around US$14 000 and the highest paid manager more than $20 000. The rest of the employees (reporters and supporting staff) get below US$1 000,” another source said.

However, ZBC public relations manager Sivukile Simango dismissed reports that meetings have been held on this issue.

“As far as I am concerned, we did not have a meeting with the minister and we are not aware of such plans. No manager has been summoned by the minister so we do not know where that talk of restructuring is coming from,” Simango said.

Tensions are simmering within the state broadcaster with senior managers refusing to hand over the inventory list of company property they have, including registration books of the company vehicles, as demanded by the ministry.

Most employees who have gone for four months without salaries have welcomed Moyo’s intervention.

“We are happy that the new minister is likely to bring sanity to ZBC and that the patronage network that has resulted in a newsroom filled with managers and not reporters will come to an end,” said one ZBC reporter.

“The new structure will render most of the managers useless and this is good for us as workers because management gobbles more than half of the salary bill.”

7 thoughts on “Moyo faces uphill ZBC task”

  1. Machekabuwe says:

    That salary difference ($10,000) between general manager and reporter is obscene. And it is not as if the GMs do basa rinoshamisa; no major strategy or policy formulation at ZBC and probably making a loss year-in-year out.

    Rukova rwizi kuyambuka wotokwinya nguwo.

  2. Clemence Tashaya says:

    Yes…l have confidence on our Natty Professor Moyo…..certainly heads will roll at the Highlands…kumakondo kuya…….Professor made our dead BC to rise from the grave…..remember that you are with a Spin Doctor……for sure….ZBC needs changes and Professor will do that……Chris Chivinge my senior brother and cde…….don’t worry iwe blaz coz your post is relevant and unoziva basa rako mukoma wangu…….Our Namibian Broadcasting is still in need of your intelligent services baba………Usa cheme cheme uncle Chris

  3. Taurai Tinzwe says:

    Is this $800 000 that’s being mentioned an annual figure or a monthly one? “The least paid manager nets around US$7 000, while general managers get about US$18 000, heads of department around US$14 000 and the highest paid manager more than $20 000. The rest of the employees (reporters and supporting staff) get below US$1 000,” are these monthly salaries too or what? Clarity please Mr Mlambo.

    1. Ngoni Muzofa says:

      These are monthly salaries. — Admin.

  4. Lorcadia says:

    to think that someone from zbc CAN be given a salary of usd10 000 is shocking

  5. Gumwe says:

    They want to be paid for doing what?

  6. Jonathan Moyo probably one of the most effective ministers Zanu-PF has ever had. Nemamwe maonero tingati Jonathan Moyo ndichandangwinyira. He has a record of achieving what he sets out to do. Yes we may not like some of what he does but for sure he is very effective or maybe headstrong is the word to describe that trait. That 75% local for TV & radio content is coming and he will push it for sure – no other Information minister before him had the vision to do that – you got to give that credit to him.

    Oh yes he can be arrogant as well

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