At the end of September, the “Section 189” process was concluded, for
the affected staff. As per the agreed upon process, staff whom had not
been appointed into a new role by the end of September, were at the end
of the “Section 189” process and were therefore issued with notices of
termination. The period of service, for those affected individuals, concludes
at the end of October.
Throughout this difficult time, Telkom has always sought to pursue any
reasonable measure to retain qualified and experienced staff.
To this end, Telkom has also informed all affected staff that they are
eligible to apply for any roles that may become available through normal
staff movement processes, such as resignations or transfers, during their
notice month of October. This offer is not part of the “Section 189” process
but is a separate action by the company as a final attempt to place affected
The intention of the Telkom turnaround strategy is to secure the future
commercial sustainability of the business. There should be no doubt, the
sustainable success of this company is largely dependent on both the attraction
and retention of qualified, competent and experienced professionals.
Simply placing people into positions, regardless of their competencies,
qualification or experience just to avoid their retrenchment, would be
a huge disservice to the business. While we respect labour’s right to protect
their members, Telkom must place the right people in the right structures
and roles. The organisational restructuring has not been driven by headcount
reduction targets, but rather by business imperatives that will shape the
long-term commercial sustainability of the company. Telkom will therefore
not be withdrawing the Notices of Termination that have been legitimately
issued in line with the agreed upon process.
“This turnaround is a tough journey. These staff reductions have resulted
in high levels of anxiety and we remain committed to doing all we can to
limit the impact of these changes on our people. We do, however, need to
remain focused to deliver on our collective future success”, said Sipho
Maseko, Telkom Chief Executive Officer.