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Two more SAA managers quit

The troubled national carrier has been hit by two new resignations on Monday afternoon.

South African Airways plane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Two more managers at the South African Airways (SAA) have resigned.

Commercial general manager Theunis Potgieter and head of Legal and Risk Sandra Coetzee tendered their resignations on Monday.

This comes after the troubled carrier's CEO Siza Mzimela also handed in her resignation letter to the company on Monday.

The Department of Public Enterprises confirmed that Mzimela was leaving SAA, but said she will stay in her post for several weeks before leaving.

Last week, six board members and chairperson Cheryl Carolus left the company, allegedly because of a communication breakdown between the board and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Mzimela said her decision to leave was not a random move.

She said her decision was carefully thought out.

Mzimela said there has not always been a uniform understanding and appreciation of the airline's mandate from stakeholders, which bred a myriad of challenges.

The airline is expected to report a R1,25 billion loss for the past financial year when it holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) next week.

Airline spokesperson Tlali Tlali said, "SAA and its board has noted these resignations and has moved with speed in sending assurances to our customers and passengers, that this should not be interpreted to mean that the airline is in a state of inability."

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