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saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that Vuyani Jarana, CEO of South African Airways (SAA), warned on Tuesday that the lack of capacity and skills at executive level was a risk to the airline’s three-year turnaround plan.  

He and SAA board chair JB Magwaza briefed MPs on the airline’s quarterly report.  Jarana said that a legacy of problems were inherited by the airline's new board and these issues provided a challenge to its recovery path, which would require something “extraordinary”.  He also claimed that it was difficult to attract top skills at the airline, which was why the exco was populated with acting people.  Magwaza said:  “There is a serious and dangerous lack of capacity at the executive and leadership level at SAA.  There has been for quite some time now leadership instability at the exco level.”  This has delayed the implementation of strategies, primarily due to the lack of capacity.  Magwaza added that there was a lack of critical skills in the organisation, no commercial skills, or supply chain management skills, which put SAA on a route to disaster.  Other issues related to the organisational culture.  “We have people who feel that someone owes them a living,” it was said.  Both Jarana and Magwaza expressed views that there was a business case for SAA.

  • Read this report by Lameez Omarjee in full at Fin24

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