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SAA refutes claims of new CEO

SAA is among a number of parastatals that have seen changes in top management over the past year.

FILE: Acting SAA CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout. Picture: FlyMango Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has refused to be drawn on reports that it may have a new acting CEO soon.

Earlier today, Business Day reported that sources within the airline had indicated that SAA's general manager of operations Zukiswa Ramasia looked set to take over from Nico Bezuidenhout in an acting capacity.

However, SAA's Tladi Tladi says the board has not indicated any changes in leadership.

"Right now Mr Bezuidenhout remains the acting chief executive."

SAA is among a number of parastatals that have seen changes in top management over the past year.

A few months ago, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that special attention would be given to certain parastatals.

Since then Brian Molefe has moved from Transnet to Eskom in an acting capacity as CEO, the Post Office's head Chris Hlekane has battled charges against him and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's group CEO Lucky Montana has been removed from office.

But SAA says in a statement that it's continuing to implement its long-term turnaround strategy with new flights being implemented.

However, the test will be whether SAA will need another bailout this year or if it can finally stand on its own two feet.