Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has just announced that South African Airways will undergo radical restructuring.
Gordhan says there’s no other way to save the national carrier.
The announcement comes two weeks after SAA signed a wage deal with trade unions, ending an eight-day strike.
Management says the strike by the South African Cabin Crew Association and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) brought the state airline to the brink of collapse.
It had to pay staff their November salaries in two installments.
Over the past few days, SAA engaged in talks with lenders to find a solution.
The airline will remain open for business.
In other news – Muvhango actors pull a shocker – Shut down production over unpaid salaries
Muvhango cast and crew have downed tools and shut down production after not being paid for two months. They claim the producers of the soapie, Word of Mouth Production, owned by Duma Ndlovu, failed to pay them salaries for October and November.
The fuming cast and crew members have also threatened to leave the multi-lingual sudser and sue Word of Mouth for breach of contract if their salaries are not paid pronto. A source, who didn’t want to be named for fear of victimization, said the entire cast and crew were not paid their October and November salaries. continue reading