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saa thumb medium95 76City Press reports that state-owned national carrier SAA is fighting tooth and nail to recover what it calls “classified information” about its pricing and fare construction data that was allegedly stolen by former employee Thanusha Chiba, who held the position of pricing analyst.

According to a senior manager of pricing and revenue management, Thingahangwi Mulovhedzi, the data, which was allegedly unlawfully taken by Chiba, is crucial to running SAA and its economic value. In an affidavit deposed to by Mulovhedzi at the Johannesburg High Court on 14 March in anattempt to obtain an order compelling Chiba to return the documentation to SAA, she stated that the information in Chiba’s possession could have a negative impact on the economic value of the business, particularly if it landed in the wrong hands. Mulovhedzi indicated that the documentation in Chiba’s possession included a formula that enabled SAA to determine accurate pricing for new and existing routes, based on historical data. Her papers read: “When the laptop computer was handed to the respondent, she was informed that it contained valuable and confidential historical pricing information which had taken SAA many years to develop. This was precisely why that particular laptop was issued to the respondent, to enable her to perform her functions as a pricing analyst with reference to the proprietary information.” The affidavit further said that Chiba had returned the laptop on her resignation in August last year, but the airline had subsequently discovered that it was missing this information.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mduduzi Nonyane at City Press (subscriber access only)

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