Dudu Myeni hopeful new SAA board will bring change

SAA Chairperson Dudu Myeni says the new board will lead to improvements at the airline.

FILE: Chairperson of South African Airways Dudu Myeni. Picture: whoswho.co.za

CAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni says the appointment of a new board will lead to a better airline.

She spoke briefly after arriving 90 minutes late for today's meeting between SAA and Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance.

Myeni told Members of Parliament (MPs) she was unwell this morning.

Myeni's late arrival left SAA executives and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas to field most of the questions about the airline's precarious financial position.

It's emerged its losses for the 2014/15 financial year are R5,6 billion to R950 million more than the amount announced last week.

Myeni thanked the committee for its understanding over her lateness and also thanked the new board.

"I just want also to thank the board of SAA because within the two weeks of their appointment the load has been taken off our shoulders - I'm sure there is an appreciation that the board has been lean and thin, it was a three-member board."

Myeni says the new board will lead to improvements at SAA.