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Cabinet has confidence in new SAA board

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed new members have been appointed to the board and that Dudu Myeni has been replaced by JB Magwaza.

FILE: A South African Airways flight takes off as another one is parked in a bay on the tarmac at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet says it has confidence in the new South African Airways (SAA) board’s ability to turn around the ailing airline by providing stability and expertise.

Newly-appointed Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has given the latest post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed new members have been appointed to the board and that former chair Dudu Myeni has been replaced by JB Magwaza.

Kubayi says Gigaba briefed Cabinet extensively on developments at the airline.

“The members were appointed to assist at the SAA. Minister Gigaba has been briefing the Cabinet on many areas.

"We’re confident in terms of the work that’s being done and that things will finally get done.”

Cabinet also says its satisfied with the assurances Gigaba has given to rating agencies on government’s approach to the fiscus.

The shake-up comes as government struggles to find more funds for yet another multi-billion rand bailout for the struggling airline.

While the new leadership is much-needed, so are funds to operate the airline.

Gigaba needs to find R10 billion soon and is expected to reveal where he’s found it in his mid-term budget speech next week.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)