MultiChoice, operators of DStv and GOtv, has confirmed that it will enter into a 60-day consultation process with 2194 of its employees regarding possible retrenchments.
Most of the job losses will occur at the call-in and walk-in centres which the company says are receiving fewer customers
CEO Calvo Mawela also cited increased competition from additional players in the industry and unregulated OTT platforms.
“This has not been an easy decision to make but, in a business driven by advancing technologies, we must continue to drive efficiencies yet be agile enough to adapt to evolving customer needs to ensure that we remain relevant, competitive and sustainable,” Mawela said.
“We must act decisively to align to the change in customer behaviour and competition from OTT services because if we don’t reposition now, we run the risk of being completely misaligned and we put everyone’s jobs at risk.”
The company said up to 70 per cent of its customers now use self-service and digital technologies to interact with it.
It promised to make new roles available for multi-skilled employees and also offer voluntary severance packages and support as well as continuing to pay benefits like bursaries.