Robert Marawa is said to have learnt to never count chickens before they hatch. This comes after his highly expensive return to SABC radio stations – Metro FM and Radio 2000 – has allegedly gone haywire.
Marawa is due to start his new job at the SABC on 6 August, in time for the start of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season. But according to our sources, he might not get behind the mic.
Marawa is allegedly seeking a settlement with the SABC after his contract, reported to be in the region of R5,5 million over three years – a staggering monthly payout of R150,000 – was revoked by the SABC’s new management.
He is believed to have agreed on a R7,000 per hour shift a week for both stations. Our sources close to the situation revealed that Marawa visited the SABC last week accompanied by his lawyer. It’s believed Marawa felt short-changed when the new leadership at the public broadcaster cut his shift money to R3 500, which is on par with the rest of senior presenters.
“The SABC is revoking the contract, but willing to hire him on their terms that he’s apparently refusing. The SABC wants to cut his salary from R7 000 to R3 500. They’re also giving him one show, instead of two. They’re giving him Radio 2000 and not Metro.”
Another source jumped in: “Marawa has a valid contract, although not signed by all the relevant people, which puts a spanner in the works.” It’s also speculated that he isn’t scheduled for the month of August, “which means he can’t claim or invoice compensation”.
Said the source: “If he’s signed the contract, then he should be within his rights to claim a salary. But the SABC has declared the original contract invalid.”
The new SABC bigwigs are allegedly hoping to have Thabiso Mosia stand in on the show on Metro while leaving Radio 2000 as is. But SAfm, where Thabiso hosts a daily sports show is allegedly holding onto their talent with a vise grip.
“Thabiso would be a temporary arrangement until the matter with Marawa is finalised,” said the source.
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, said: “These are contractual issues between two parties. Therefore, we can’t discuss them publicly.”
Thabiso referred the SunTeam back to Kganyago. Marawa was not available for comment. He had not responded to our SMSes at the time of going to print.
Last Week, CelebGossip.co.za learnt that The SABC had charged its new chief operating officer Chris Maroleng and acting group executive for sports Marcia Mahlalela for their role in the appointment of Robert Marawa.
The two SABC executives were allegedly informed about the decision on Thursday, two weeks after the completion of an investigation instituted by former acting CEO Nomsa Philiso into Marawa’s appointment.
Philiso instituted the investigations after receiving complaints from internal staff who alleged that the appointment did not follow the correct procedures, including that it was imposed by the said executives. Three high-ranking SABC officials have revealed that upon receipt of the charges, Mahlalela tendered her resignation from the public broadcaster with immediate effect.