Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters on Thursday welcomed the removal of Dudu Myeni as the chairperson of the South African Airways, both saying her axing was long overdue.
While the EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Myeni was for more than 8 years a menace to the airline, DA Shadow Minister of Finace Alf Lees believed fired SAA Board chairpesrson has done untold damage to the national carrier.
“We welcome the long-overdue removal of the incompetent, interfering, and delinquent Myeni, who for more than 8 years was a menace to the airline,” said Ndlozi.
Opposition parties were responding the “overdue” announcement on Thursday by Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba that Myeni has been removed as chairperson of SAA.
Gigaba said in a statement he officially announced the new board including its non-executive members approved by Cabinet.
Joining the Board is Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza as the new Chairperson, and Nolitha Fakude as the Deputy Chairperson and non-executive director.
New Board members who will serve as non-executive directors are:
Geoff Rothschild, Ahmed Bassa, Tinyiko Mhlari, and Mr. Martin Kingston. Current non-executive directors who will continue to serve on the Board are: Ms. Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, Peter Tshisevhe, Thandeka Nozipho Mogoduso, Peter Holmes Maluleka, and Akhter Hoosen Moosa.
Board members who will no longer serve are Miyeni, Tryphosa Ramano, Mzimkulu Malunga, Siphile Buthelezi, Nazmeera Moola and Gugu Sepamla.
“The changes will be with effective from November 3, 2017, when the Minister will have a special meeting with the new Board. The new Board brings talent, expertise and energy to the airline, and they are all highly regarded individuals with a vast and in-depth knowledge of business in both the private and public sectors,” said Gigaba.
Minister Gigaba said he hoped the new Board, together Jarana, would implement the airline’s structural strategy and bring it to financial stability, as set out in his 14 Confidence Boosting Measures.
“The new Board is well experienced and diverse, and the Minister encourages them to ignore the political noise, and focus on the business of strengthening SAA,said Gigaba.
The Minister said he would like to thank all outgoing Board members for their work at the airline, wish incoming members well with their tenure at the airline.
“All Board members, incoming and those who will no longer serve, have been notified of these developments. Issued on behalf of the Ministry of Finance,” added Gigaba.