The state controlled broadcaster which last month advised its workers of its inability to pay them in foreign currency has given all workers a 25kg bag of mealie- meal as part of their salaries, while promising to give them hard currency if listeners and viewers pay license fees.
Sources in the ZBC News department confirmed receiving mealie-meal as part of their salaries.
“We were given a 25kg of mealie meal per each worker pending hard currency whose date has not been given. We are disappointed about this development because we need foreign currency to pay for our rentals among other basic commodities” said one reporter who declined to be named.
Efforts to get an official comment were fruitless as the company’s Public Relations manager Sivhukile Simango’s mobile was not reachable.
The state controlled broadcaster is struggling to raise foreign currency from advertisers and has since resorted to exchanging airtime with commodities like toilet tissues and fuel in some cases. RadioVOP