Gigaba unaware of SAA resignations

2012-09-28 09:49

Johannesburg - Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba only learned of the resignation of the SA Airways (SAA) chairperson and six board members through the media, his office said on Friday.

"We only found out about the resignations through the media. Our main focus is to ensure that SAA remains a national asset for both our economy and country," Gigaba's spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said.

Tshwete confirmed the resignations and said new board members will be announced at SAA's annual general meeting.

SAA's chairperson, Cheryl Carolus and the six board members resigned earlier this week.

"The board has just become untenable, our reputation and professional integrity had just been dragged through the mud without any clarification or support and I believe this had reached a point where the relationship has been broken irretrievably," Carolus was quoted as saying on SAFM.

Business Day on Friday reported that the former JSE CEO Russel Loubser was the first member to quit. He resigned with immediate effect on Wednesday, citing lack of support from the department of public enterprises - the airline's shareholder.

Of SAA's 14-member board, eight have resigned so far. The board members who told Carolus they were leaving with her are Bonang Mohale, David Lewis, Jabulani Ndlovu, Louis Rabbets, Magaret Whitehouse and Teddy Daka.

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  • henri.lombard - 2012-09-28 10:00

    our ministers have everything under control in the country, thats why they have tighten their belts and picked up 30kg`s each

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-09-28 10:40

      If it wasnt for the media none of them would know what is going on.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-28 11:21

      So how much bigger will his bonus be? ANC: "We reward incompetence!" - 2012-09-28 11:31

      Anyone who believes the ministers do anything more than sit at their desk, reading the newspaper and eating a streetwise five all day are seriously mistaken. Oh wait, they also live it up in expensive hotels although that is mainly after hours...

      sedick.gydien - 2012-09-28 11:46

      If the Ministers lifted their heads from the trough often and long enough, they will MAYBE know what is going on in their Departments...I say MAYBE because I doubt that they have the intelligence and competence to understand the issues....

  • - 2012-09-28 10:01

    Proof that this government cannot run a thing due to their incompetance. God help this country

      henri.lombard - 2012-09-28 10:11

      god left this country a long time ago, sad indeed

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-09-28 10:01

    And this is "Department" must run the mines when we Nationalise ?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-28 10:01

    Of course you will not know. It is hard work looking after your own business interests and to make time eat Caviar and drink Johnny blue...

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-28 10:01

    "Our main focus is to ensure that SAA remains a national asset for both our economy and country," An asset.... Its become a liability, privatize it and see the difference.

  • zane.jacobsen - 2012-09-28 10:02

    lol just read fin24 it will tell you they resigned

  • erich.goosen - 2012-09-28 10:06

    Not surprising. In this country the relevant Ministers are ussually the last to know what is going on in their Departments. Why is it that the ANC always deploy their worst Min isters in important portfolios?

      george.slade.161 - 2012-09-28 10:42

      Because they dont have ANY decent Ministers : Useless Cadres on Millions P.a.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-28 10:10

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - nothing changes.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-09-28 10:11

    Is anything going to work under this government??? One crisis after the other... I want to cry if I see what is going to be left for our children...

  • samuelbowker - 2012-09-28 10:14

    Terrible to see the amount of incompetence at the top - but on the other hand SAA was an ex-apartheid dinosaur that has a reputation for being overpriced. The government's stench taints all these old corporations, SAA, Telkom, Eskom. We need to get rid of these to move forward. Shut 'em all down I say!

      george.slade.161 - 2012-09-28 10:44

      Idiot --Get over blaming Apartheid PLEEEESE

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 10:50

      @bob.parnell - "5 yrs before Microsoft was born"??? whoa....!!!!

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-28 11:21

      You don't need to shut them down, just kick the government out. as for your ex-apartheid statement, you obviously haven't bothered to look at the financial records have you? Do us a favour and check the financial reports prior to and after 1994 before you make the same sort of unintelligent remarks we are so used to hearing from presidential grade 3's

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-09-28 10:15

    Lack of Communication

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-28 10:16

    Now these are lies from this chap.

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 10:51

      Please, prove that "these are lies".

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-09-28 10:22

    what support did they not get?

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 10:53

      That is a very good question. Unfortunately, the essence of your question goes over the heads of the experts on news24/fin24.

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 11:02

      Yours is a very good question. "Unfortunately" the question requires logical thinking, so you should be counting on more "thumbs-downs" from the "experts" of this forum. As reported, Cheryl said nothing substantiative as to their reasons for leaving. Further, I am yet to hear anyone pointing out the fact that some of these board members were not from the airline industry, a fact that would have been used when convenient to do so. I bet you, watch when new members are appointed, the "experts" would mention "lack of experience in the industry" as reason of their dislike of the appointees.

  • John - 2012-09-28 10:23

    HAHAHAHAHAHA "Ensure that SAA remains an asset to the economy and the country" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA Mr Gigaba, you should go insto stand-up comedy chum..YOU ARE REALLY GOOD!

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 11:04

      Please share YOUR joke.

      Warren Mudge - 2012-09-28 11:14

      his joke is the leach on the taxpayer that is called SAA you effing moron

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-09-28 10:27

    Media is playing a critical role in ths govt le fa ba e dira scapegoat whn time are tough.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-28 10:46

      Have you also got an EC gibberish degree?

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-28 10:51

      What the Fa Da are you on about?

  • rob.thompsett.9 - 2012-09-28 10:27

    The only thing this minister is aware of is the nearest KFC

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-09-28 10:35

    This is what happens when one has a government, and a minister of Public Enterprises, that doesn't know its arse from its elbow ...

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-09-28 10:43

    This is a sad day. We are heading for serious trouble. Are we sinking as a country?

  • napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 10:47

    If it's true that the Minister only learned about resignations via the media, then this says a lot about the "esteemed" board members ("former"?).

      Warren Mudge - 2012-09-28 11:25

      seems like you are on the side of the minister here mr ignoramus. Your cANCer can do no wrong. fail, fail, fail, please expand on your comment. GidIDIOTgaba is the minister. Surely all resignations are on his desk. Maybe under all the greasy KFC and Nandos wrappers.

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 13:02

      @Warren Mudge - * I am NOT "on the side of the minister"; if you KNOW otherwise prove me wrong. * I am not a "Mr" ; so guess who is "mr ignoramus." Honey, read all, I mean ALL my posts and pick one that does not seek to find the true or side with logic; for that matter I challenge you to find anything I said that is illogical; not that there isn't, the point is I always try to be. On the other hand, a majority of people on here are quick to click on "dislike", name-calling, racial-spats, etc. Few, way too few people comment objectively. Again, prove me wrong...or easily click on dislike as "always", name-calling, insult....all yours to pick.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-28 10:50

    Shows how much attention that these dopes employ. Perhaps he was snoozing at the critical times.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-09-28 11:07

    I am so glad SAA now gets what they deserve. This company crushed my dreams as well as others to become airline pilots one day. I applied for cadet pilot training 2 years in a row. After I have done testing and did well, as I know this, the response each time was- sorry you did not qualify to go the next stage. All along my skin colour was the problem..

  • gary.bloom.967 - 2012-09-28 11:14

    LMFAO.............SAA = national asset?........since when?

  • Mlungisi Mbilase - 2012-09-28 11:16

    shame!, sorry for being left behind, we need quick thinkers in this diverse country not mediocre s. please try to catch up with the pace of developments with diligence and intelligence.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-09-28 11:16

    It must go back into the private sector to be run properly.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-28 11:17

    "We only found out about the resignations through the media. Our main focus is to ensure that SAA remains a national asset for both our economy and country," The gross stupidity of statements by the government and its cadre never cease to amaze me, Please Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba explain to us how government mentality sees a company that posts losses on an annual basis as an Asset? or does the government see any organisation that justifies the appropriation of taxpayer money as an asset in their theft initiatives?

  • Kalari - 2012-09-28 11:23

    Deploy cadre Malema as new chairman so he can display to us in practise what he preaches.

  • Mlungisi Mbilase - 2012-09-28 11:30

    if that is true ! or else there is a cold war amongst you and your subordinates which resulted to u being sidelined, please come out Sir with the reality of the situation. Check your lines of communication, take disciplinary measures where there are flaws & report back to the public as you have done. Good luck

  • Delton - 2012-09-28 11:35

    And the ANCYL clowns want the government to nationalise mines and re-nationalise Sasol and Accelor mitall steel.Has our country become a joke?

      Warren Mudge - 2012-09-28 11:54

      please don't call them clowns. Clowns make you laugh intentionally for a couple of minutes, ANC and their affiliates make you want to cry and gnash your teeth for a lifetime and to them it is considered normal behaviour. Eish comrades and cadres, we are entitled.

  • erneyb - 2012-09-28 11:43

    "Through the media" was probably the only way Carolus could communicate with Gigaba ?

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-28 13:04

      On point! More so when her action(s) is/are meant to display integrity!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 13:07

    Gigaba should hire KPMG or pricewaterhouse coopers to through the finances of all those who resigned...based on SAA's improving above 70% load factor bundled with SAA's above average fares, its hard to believe that they can record a loss or a tiny 700million profit of last year. Its either the board memberzz were starting to live like JayZ or Mr Trumph from profit. Poor Siza left alone to turn things around...goodluck.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 13:30

    To all those hala-baloo comments saying our government can't run businesses do a research...Transnet, Eskom, Denel dynamics that works with boeing and airbus, Randwater, Landbank, DBSA, City property in tshwane(private public partnership), Acsa, PetroSA and Post office are super profitable in such a way that capitalists and IMF try to convince government to let go of those assets. Tell me any carrier from a country that doesnt subsidise fuel thats raking profit and ofcourse a company like Telkom would a loss since the operation backbone is made out of copper whereas today we only know of fibre optic and wireless connectivity.

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