Another Premier Soccer League club has cut salaries of its staff and players by an unprecedented 50 percent, the Siya crew can reveal.
Cape Umoya United in the second tier of South African football, recently renamed the GladAfrica Championship, made the devastating announcement to employees in a letter circulated internally last week.
With the spread of the Coronavirus globally having halted life as we know it, the domestic 2019/20 season has been suspended indefinitely since March 15 following the nationwide lockdown ordered by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“As you are all aware, both the club and South Africans, generally, are currently experiencing an
unprecedented period of hardship as a result of the Coronavirus and the consequential quarantine,” reads the opening line of the letter.
“These circumstances have had a very real physical, social and financial impact for both yourselves and the club and we find ourselves in a situation where, notwithstanding the current situation, there is no clear indication of what the future holds or how and when our industry will resume operating.”
The Cape Town based outfit, currently in 11th place on the log table with seven matches remaining, then informs staff and players that their salaries will be cut by half as long as the pandemic continues to disrupt lives.
“Therefore the club has had to take the tough decision during this period to cut wages by fifty percent until such time as either there is certainty to the way forward or the league recommences as normal,” the letter stated.
“We understand that this decision will impact each and every member of the club, but this is a decision that has had to be taken to ensure that the club is able to survive”
Roger de Sa, who is Umoya’s general manager, told the Siya crew in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma that discussions were held with players on Friday, but nothing was “finalised” as yet regarding wage cuts.
“There was a discussion on Friday. It is not finalised. It was something that was put out to the players as a provisional discussion…it hasn’t been done yet. The salaries only get paid at the end of the week, so this is not official. The club is looking at other ways, but that is all I know and can’t tell you anything further,” said De Sa.
But the internal communication, dated April 17, clearly shows that Umoya will be implementing salary cuts and that decision is final.
The South African Football Players’ Union has confirmed to the Siya crew that they are looking into the matter.
Story by @superjourno