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Apology to Denel

May 13 2018 06:00

In our story last week, “Allegations fly as Blade is called to cut aviation tension” (City Press, May 6 2018), we failed to properly capture Denel’s response after we approached it for comment following a lawyers’ letter sent to the company by former council members of the International Air Services Council.

In its response, Denel’s spokesperson Pam Malinda said: “The matter falls within the jurisdiction of the International Air Services Council, which is a government regulatory body that falls under the department of transport. The department of transport will therefore be the correct authority to respond to this matter.

“The chairperson of the council is an employee of Denel SOC Ltd, a role he plays on an individual personal basis as a person with knowledge and experience in aviation and not at all on behalf of Denel. His role is in no way related to his occupation as an employee of Denel SOC Ltd.

“Please note that Denel SOC Ltd, as well as any of our operating divisions and subsidiaries, are in no way involved in this matter.

“Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is a separate legal entity in which Denel SOC Ltd owns a 49% shareholding. The two companies operate completely separately as independent entities, so Denel is not actively involved in the day-to-day management of RDM.”

City Press apologises to Denel for failing to fully capture its response.

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