Reinstate Axed SAA Executives For SAA’s Sake – OUTA Urges Gordhan


Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has received a hot charge from a non-profit Civil Action Organization (OUTA) who are requesting for the immediate reinstatement of former SAA executives dismissed from South African Airways (SAA).

The union made this charge following Pravin’s call for new blood on SAA’s board and management team on Tuesday.

He said the agency is in need of people with the right skills balance that can take the airline’s development upward.

In reply to this calls, OUTA said the dismissed SAA executives are the perfect candidates to breathe new life into the ailing national carrier.

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The organization claimed to have exerted much pressure on the SAA with a lawsuit to end its questionable R256m deal with BNP Capital this month, and that Gordhan could easily find a new team.

“He need not look too far to find all the talent he needs to get the ailing airline back on track,” Outa said in a statement.

“Over the past few years, SAA has lost a lot of fine talent with considerable airline management experience and it would be wise for Minister Gordhan to bring these very same, relatively young and energized people back to fix the mess and damage created by the current board,” OUTA stated while insisting that the current team must go.

OUTA named Wolf Meyer (the past CFO), Nico Bezuidenhout (past acting CEO), Cynthia Stimpel (suspended Group Treasury), Dr Masimba Dahwa (dismissed Chief Procurement Officer), Thuli Mpshe (suspended GM: Human Resources), and Sylvain Bosc (suspended Chief Commercial Officer) as being “extremely talented high ranking leaders” fit to rebuild and develop the SAA.

OUTA also claimed that these executives were “purged from the airline through resignation, because of their gross discomfort with the current executive leadership’s conduct, or were suspended or dismissed for dubious reasons and /or trumped up charges against them”.

“The common qualities possessed by all of the above-mentioned leaders is their passion for ensuring the airline is managed professionally, at low cost and without compromising the quality or integrity of the airline’s institutionalized processes.

“They all still have a passion and desire to see SAA succeed, but obviously will not be able to work under the current guard who have very little airline management experience, and who lack the necessary vision or ability to reduce unnecessary and wasteful expenditure at SAA,” it stated.

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The organizations, however, called on minister Pravin to test these past leaders by seeking their individual input on SAA’s success and turn-around strategy.

It said “If need be, the minister can also look to Cheryl Carolus, a recent past chairperson with impeccable credibility and experience, as well as Russell Loubser, another recent board member at SAA.

OUTA chairperson Wayne Duvenage concluded by saying that these former SAA executives are the people who have what the minister and the nation require, along with the energy and passion for making SAA the successful airline it has every potential to be.

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