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saa thumb medium95 76Mail & Guardian looks in depth into the string of ongoing and new crises at South African Airways (SAA).  

Last Wednesday, the state-owned airline announced that it had suspended its second executive in the space of a month, which came amid growing threats of widespread industrial action that could ground flights.  The airline’s financial results from March 2018 remain unpublished, but are rumoured to be in the region of R9-billion in losses.  Perhaps the most critical of SAA’s problems is the terrible fallout with labour that has seen the SAA Pilots’ Association, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) threaten crippling industrial action.  Statements from the unions over the past two weeks show that relationships have become fractured once again post the abrupt resignation in June of former CE Vuyani Jarana who had managed to get all the unions to rally around his vision for a turnaround.  All three unions cite management’s lack of action on their complaints as their main concern.  It now remains to be seen what trade union federation Cosatu’s reaction will be to the news that finance minister Tito Mboweni has managed to convince his ANC NEC counterparts — at least in principle — that SAA needs a private equity partner.  In the view of Numsa and Sacca, this will lead to job losses on a mass scale.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sabelo Skiti at Mail & Guardian

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