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saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that SA Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana said in Parliament on Thursday that staff rationalisation at the state-owned carrier was a necessity.  

He also said during a briefing to Parliament’s finance committee on SAA’s fourth-quarter results for 2017-18 that the airline had been talking consistently with trade unions on the need for SAA to reorganise itself.  However, he explained that the decision on rationalisation would depend on the finalisation of a clear operational structure that would determine the staff numbers required.  Jarana said the priority over the past six months had been to ensure job preservation through outsourcing and contracting out some of SAA’s staff to other airlines “to soften the blow”.  Jarana told the committee he had “been doing roadshows to major airlines, enticing them to actually contract our pilots so that when we grow again we can go and fetch them”.  SAA chairman Johannes Magwaza said the SAA board was “far down the line” in its readiness to engage with Treasury through the oversight committee on the different modalities in terms of which a strategic equity partner could be introduced.  Jarana was of the view that the government as shareholder would make pronouncements “soon” on a roadmap for the introduction of strategic equity partners.

  • Read this informative report by Linda Ensor in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, SAA chief executive dismisses calls for business rescue, at The Citizen

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