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saa thumb medium95 76Business Times reports that while the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for South African Airways (SAA) wait for the government to source the more than R10bn needed to get the state-owned airline up and running again, unions say the human cost is high.  

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the SA South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa) all report that their members are in dire financial straits, having in most cases not received salaries for five months.  They say that those who took voluntary severance have not received their retrenchment packages.  SAA staff have, however, received payments from the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) and the Unemployment Insurance Fund.  "People's lives are on the line here.  People have lost houses, they've lost cars, their kids are getting kicked out of school and they don't know where their next meal is going to come from," said Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.  The joint BRPs, Siviwe Dongwana and Les Matuson, confirmed that more than 3,000 of the just under 5,000 SAA employees took voluntary severance packages (VSPs).  The carrier now has about 1,800 staff.  Hlubi-Majola said these issues have been "raised sharply" with SAA management, the Department of Public Enterprises and the BRPs, whom she said have been "earning their exorbitant fees".

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nick Wilson at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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