Vila Kasi TV station leaves employees out in the cold with no pay

About 90 people are angered after being promised jobs at an allegedly bogus new TV channel owned by Vila kasi Holdings.

News anchor, Fahraaz Patel says they were promised jobs with good remuneration by the owner of Vila kasi Holding Channon Merricks which they started working from 1 June.

He says a number of people hired at this new TV station were from the troubled Afro Worldview formerly known as ANN7.

Patel says they did not get paid at the end of June as promised and Merricks was also refusing to talk to them. They then approached the unions for intervention.

A number of these people are mothers who have responsibilities towards their families. Cars and houses are being repossessed, accounts are not paid, this is really a sad situation.

Fahraaz Patel, News anchor

Managing Director of Vila kasi Holdings, Channon Merricks says his company is not a scam, it's been operating and registered from 2015.

He says he is glad that he is making headlines for not paying employees for just over 10 days as this shows we are doing something right for a start-up, says Merricks.

He says employees will be paid because they are currently eligible to sell shares.

Read: New Age to shut down - is ANN7 next?

To the families of those employees we haven't paid for ten days, we will pay those salaries. We are committed to making those payments.

Channon Merricks, Managing Director of Vila kasi Holdings

We started this business to create jobs and to alleviate poverty and we are continuing on that track.

Channon Merricks, Managing Director of Vila kasi Holdings

This is a start-up and maybe in 90 days we will be one of the biggest media house in the country.

Channon Merricks, Managing Director of Vila kasi Holdings

To hear the rest of the conversations on Vilakazi Holdings, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Vila Kasi TV station leaves employees out in the cold with no pay


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