List: Four airports Numsa will picket at

The South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and the Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will on Tuesday take to the streets over “myriad of issues at SAA and SAA Technical” (Saat) at all major airports.

This comes a week after Sacca announced its plans to strike in a bid have outgoing South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana remain at the helm of the ailing airline.

In their media invitation on Monday, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said: “This includes the recent resignation of the GCEO Vuyani Jarana, corruption of Saat management, problems in the maintenance department, allegations of nepotism, tribalism and corruption of the HR manager at Saat, and other issues.”

Airports set to affected from 11am to 1:30pm:

  • OR Tambo.
  • King Shaka.
  • Cape Town.
  • East London.

Following the appointment of Zukisa Ramasia as interim CEO on Friday, the embattled airline expressed its need of an R4bn government cash injection to survive the current financial year and allow it to renegotiate loan terms with banks.

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In his resignation Jarana, cited no support for the ailing airline’s turnaround strategy and uncertainty about funding since there’s no commitment for adequate funding from the government to turnaround the airline by 2021 as his major reasons for throwing in the towel.

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Adding that the relationship between the executive, the board and the Public Works Minister made it difficult for him to perform his duties.

The five-year turn around strategy, which was developed by Jarana amid the airline having had not made a profit since 2011, includes cutting costs and cancelling unprofitable routes which require around R21.7bn in bailouts from the government.

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