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SAA pilots adamant to get competent board in place

SAA pilots will appeal to the new finance minister to ensure a competent board is appointed at the airline.

South African Airways plane. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA) pilots intend appealing to Finance Minister David Van Rooyen to ensure a competent board is appointed to oversee the cash-strapped national carrier.

The decision to write to the new minister was reached at the SAA Pilots Association's Special General meeting yesterday.

It comes several weeks after the association overwhelmingly voted in favour of a vote of no confidence in SAA Board Chair Dudu Myeni and her non-executive directors.

The pilots have lost faith in Myeni and the SAA board.

Their vote of no confidence last month followed a discussion about airline's gloomy financial situation and the board's controversial proposal to restructure a deal to acquire new aircraft from Airbus.

The SAA Pilots Association's Chairperson John Harty said they will take up the issue with new minister David Van Rooyen.

Van Rooyen has replaced Nhlanhla Nene who last week turned down the board's proposal to restructure the Airbus deal.