Acting SAA Chairperson, Ms Dudu Myeni, today met the airline's management teams and union representatives to share with them the progress that is being made by the group as it works closely with the shareholder to deliver a winning long-term strategy for the airline.
Ms Myeni was accompanied in the cordial and productive meetings by Acting CEO Mr Nico Bezuidenhout.
In the meetings, Ms Myeni thanked all staff for the good work that they were doing despite the difficult industry operating conditions, characterised by heightening competition and rising fuel prices.
She appraised them of the "solid progress" that is being made to come up with a viable long-term strategy for the group, encompassing both operational and human resources imperatives.
"The board’s decision to ask Nico to oversee the business in the interim was informed by the need to allow for business continuity, and at the same time to ensure that there is optimal understanding and appreciation of SAA’s commercial challenges within the top leadership of the airline during this transitional period.
"Nico is a very experienced colleague and airline executive, having been appointed CEO of Mango in 2006. We are very pleased that he agreed to oversee operations and we have every confidence that he will, together with all stakeholders, provide the necessary leadership during this period," she said.