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saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that South African Airways (SAA) has lashed out at the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa) by saying its remarks against acting CEO Zuks Ramasia were opportunistic and disparaging.  

The association’s remarks could hurt the debt-ridden airline as the aviation industry was sensitive to negative sentiment, “especially around business continuity”, SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.  On Monday, Saapa, which represents pilots at the airline, threatened to go on strike over Ramasia’s appointment and its perceptions of poor governance at SAA.  It charged that the carrier would not survive unless critical operational and technical deficiencies were immediately addressed by a competent management team.  “SAA needs an interim CEO with the appropriate experience and financial acumen to successfully run a major airline.  Unfortunately, Ms Ramasia is not that person,” Saapa said.  Tlali said the comments were “professionally disparaging” against Ramasia.  Saapa indicated it was scheduled to meet the board this week.  The union’s sentiment was similar to that expressed by Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association, which both accused the airline’s board members of presiding over massive corruption at the carrier.

  • Read the full original of Luyolo Mkentane’s report on the above story at BusinessLive
  • See too, SAA pilots find their voice: but why now? at BusinessLive


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