Staff at the SABC say they will be going on strike on Thursday despite mediation efforts.

A meeting on Wednesday between the SABC Board and the two workers union Bemawu and CWU resolved to proceed with the mediation between the parties.

The unions are demanding a 10% salary increase.

The SABC has indicated it cannot afford the increases due to its current financial challenges.

CWU members are not expected to join the strike on Thursday for technical reasons.

Bemawu’s Hannes du Buisson says, “We gave feedback to SABC employees and asked if they are prepared to hold on until mediation is completed. The mandate and answer from employees is they are not.”

SABC Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago has assured South Africans that all radio and television broadcasts will go ahead as scheduled..

He says, “Those that are not going on strike must come to work as per the condition of their employment. We are saying that those who are going on strike must do it in a dignified manner and not intimidate those that are coming to work.”

“We want to reiterate the fact that the principle of no work no pay will apply and as the SABC we want to commit to the public out there that our programmes will go on air as planned both on radio and television,” adds Kganyago.