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MangoEWN reports that employees at Mango airlines on Monday said they were not sure how much longer they could continue working for free.

They have set a deadline of 10am on Tuesday for the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) or management to give answers or they will go court seeking business rescue. The state-owned company, which is in dire financial straits, is waiting for a cash injection meant for South African Airways and its subsidiaries from the government. Workers at Mango have had to make do with partial and late salary payments and many have been without pay for two months. But instead of giving up, they are pushing for a collaborative effort with government to save the airline. Chairperson of the Mango Pilots Association Jordan Butler said: “They (the government and the DPE) seem to be dragging their feet. So, if they’re not going to do it, we are going to do it as unions.” Butler said while the staff remained 100% committed, the company was hanging by a thread.

  • Read the original of the short report in the above regard by Theto Mahlakoana at EWN

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