Workers On Wednesday 31 August
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Over the last twenty years, South Africa’s oldest and biggest telephone company, Telkom, has undergone major changes. From a previously wholly state-owned parastatal company, Telkom has become commercialized, with a major part of it privately owned by foreign investors with the company listed on the New York stock-exchange.
In the process Telkom has changed from a major state employer to a lean and mean operation, with thousands of workers being retrenched over the years. In 1999 Telkom employed 61 237 workers. Today the company employs less than 20,000 workers. The government remains a major shareholder of Telkom and despite its commitment to job-creation, Telkom continues to bleed jobs.
Deputy General Secretary
Group Communications and PR at Telkom