SAFA offers employees voluntary retrenchment packages

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The SA football Association (SAFA) senior management team have made recommendations to the National Executive Committee following their meeting on the impact that the COVID-19 has had on the association and football in general.

The management team comprising of Mlungisi Ncame, Mzwandile Maforvane, Tebogo Motlanthe, Neil Tovey, Darryl Coutries, Dominic Chimhavi and led by its chairperson Gronie Hluyo met to consider the football and financial impact of the National lockdown.

“The objective of the management meetings is to consider various cost reductions and this includes employees’ salaries, expired employment contracts, temporary staff and month-to-month employment contracts which must be terminated,” said SAFA in a statement.

The senior management team have also made recommendations to their NEC for consideration:

-The Senior Management agreed on the pay cut of 15% across the board subject to consultation with the staff and finalisation of the proposal.

– That SAFA staff must be paid their full salaries for the month of March and April 2020.

-The employees will be offered voluntary retrenchment packages as part of the cost-cutting measures.

-The staff who cannot work from home must take their annual leave as from 4 May 2020. Those staff members who are working from home must continue to do so.

-In the event where staff do not have sufficient annual leave to cover the lockdown period, once annual leave has been depleted, unpaid leave will be taken.

-In this case staff who have worked overtime will be allowed to take leave in lieu of overtime worked as verified and approved by their respective General Managers.

-That SAFA staff members were ordered to stay at home as from 24 March 2020.

The Association further added that President Danny Jordaan attended a virtual meeting with FIFA and presented an update on the Impact of Covid19 on Football in South Africa and motivated for emergency funding.

FIFA has agreed to provide funds which are expected in the next 7 to 14 days.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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