25 April 2020 – The Senior Management of the South African Football Association (SAFA) recognised that the postponement of various competitions and activities has put pressure on the finances of the organisation.
The Senior Management met over two days (20 and 22 March 2020) to consider the football and financial impact of the lockdown which commenced on 24 March 2020.
The following managers (Mr Gronie Hluyo – Chairperson, Mr Mlungisi Ncame, Mr Mzwandile Maforvane, Mr Tebogo Motlanthe, Mr Neil Tovey, Mr Darryl Coutries and Mr Dominic Chimhavi) participated in the review meeting.
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.
The management therefore makes the following recommendations to the SAFA National Executive Committee (NEC):
- That SAFA staff members were ordered to stay at home as from 24 March 2020.
- That SAFA staff must be paid their full salaries for the month of March and April 2020.
- The Senior Management agreed on the pay cut of 15% across the board subject to consultation with the staff and finalisation of the proposal.
- 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.
In the meantime, SAFA has made payments to different constituent groups.
The President 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.
Issued by the Communications Department: SAFA
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