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MangoBusiness Report writes that struggling low-cost airline Mango allegedly paid R1 million to a recruitment agency to find a permanent chief executive.  But it ended up appointing the airline’s chief financial officer Marelize Labuschagne in an acting capacity after she threatened to resign because she was not consulted.  

Talent Africa was paid to search for Nico Bezuidenhout’s permanent replacement in 2016, but the recruitment process was halted after Labuschagne threatened to quit.  Apparently the airline identified a probable replacement among seven shortlisted candidates, but later retracted after Labuschagne’s threat.  On Friday, Mango announced that it had appointed Labuschagne as acting chief executive and that “the process to appoint a permanent chief executive is still ongoing.”  Insiders commented that Mango had nothing to show for the recruitment process despite paying the money.  “A previous recruitment process cost R1m in taxpayer money.  Why do they have to do it again?  Is it to bring somebody that they have selected without a process?” said one.  Mango is a subsidiary of loss-making national carrier SAA.  In emails seen by Business Report, Labuschagne said she had stopped the appointment of the candidate as no governance process was followed.  She said she also felt that her reputation had been attacked.

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