Review Myeni's position with SAA, says Parly committee

The committee says that the board must be strengthened with people with the necessary aviation expertise and experience and that the government should appoint the best person available for the CEO post.

Dudu Myeni. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance says that Dudu Myeni's position as South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson must be reviewed as soon as possible.

The Treasury announced a R2.3 billion bailout for the national carrier at the weekend.

The committee says that while it agrees that the government had no choice but to bail out SAA, it is concerned that the airline has been losing around R370 million a month.

It says that it wants to know exactly what Treasury will require from the SAA board to ensure that it functions more effectively.

The committee says that the board must be strengthened with people with the necessary aviation expertise and experience and that the government should appoint the best person available for the CEO post.

Chairperson Yunus Carrim: "We understood that the Cabinet had appointed her for a year from last September. The term comes to an end this September. The current minister has indicated that she will be appointing a new board chair. We would like that matter to be finalised reasonably soon."