Dudu Myeni To Return As SAA Board Chair Despite Mounting Criticism


Report from a leaked list shows that the controversial chairperson of the South African Airways (SAA) board, Dudu Myeni, will be serving another term as the board chair following deliberations by the cabinet.

The cabinet is set to announce that the defiant SAA chair would serve another term despite the financial crisis that has rocked the airways under her watch.

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has submitted a list of 13 names to the Cabinet chaired by Minister Susan Shabangu and that the cabinet would be choosing 12 names which will be sent to president Zuma for ratification.

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Among the list is the name of Dudu Myeni, who would be returning as the board chairwoman, while former SAA chief finance officer Tryphosa Ramano is expected to be her deputy.

This, analyst say, indicates compromise from Zuma and Gordhan, who have not seen eye to eye on the issue for several months.

A source was reported to have revealed:

“She (Myeni) will be chair and her contract is for two years and cannot be extended, but the proviso is that there is a review of the positions and performance of the chair and deputy chair every two years,” said the source who saw the list sent to the Cabinet.”

Others  who were privileged to take a look at the list described the names on the list as a compromise but “the majority are people who are close to Dudu and the president”.

“Perhaps Treasury was left with no choice,” said the source.

Dudu Myeni has been largely criticized for playing a role in the financial downturn of the state-owned airline. There has also been growing calls for her to be fired as she is perceived to be a close friend to President Zuma.

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The airline has been unable to table its financial statements for 2014-15 in Parliament, due by August last year, because of auditors’ concern over lack of cooperation and accountability on the airlines spending.

Included in the list submitted to cabinet as reported by Timeslive is Mzimkulu Malunga, former managing director of Businesss Day and Financial Mail, Umkhonto weSizwe veteran and former ANC MP Peter Maluleka, attorney Peter Tshisevhe, Nazmeera Moola, an economist, and Stavros Nicolaou, a senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry.

Other nominees are Akhtar Moosa, Gugu Sepamla, Swazi Tshabalala, Martha Mbatha, Siphile Buthelezi and Thandeka Mgoduso.

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