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South African Airways Certified as a 4-Star Airline for 11 Years in a Row

SAA Chairperson meets unions, staff

Johannesburg, 12 February 2013. Acting SAA Chairperson, Ms Dudu Myeni, today met the airline's management teams and union representatives to share with them the progress that is being made by the group as it works closely with the shareholder to deliver a winning long-term strategy for the airline.

Ms Myeni was accompanied in the cordial and productive meetings by Acting CEO Mr Nico Bezuidenhout.

In the meetings, Ms Myeni thanked all staff for the good work that they were doing despite the difficult industry operating conditions, characterised by heightening competition and rising fuel prices.

She appraised them of the "solid progress" that is being made to come up with a viable long-term strategy for the group, encompassing both operational and human resources imperatives.

"The board’s decision to ask Nico to oversee the business in the interim was informed by the need to allow for business continuity, and at the same time to ensure that there is optimal understanding and appreciation of SAA’s commercial challenges within the top leadership of the airline during this transitional period.

"Nico is a very experienced colleague and airline executive, having been appointed CEO of Mango in 2006. We are very pleased that he agreed to oversee operations and we have every confidence that he will, together with all stakeholders, provide the necessary leadership during this period," she said.


About SAA
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for ten consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on - time airlines.

For more information contact:

SAA Group Corporate Affairs

Dileseng Koetle
Head: Communication
Tel: +27 11 978 2298
Mobile: +27 83 400 0041  

Kabelo Ledwaba
Communication Manager (External)
Tel: +27 11 978 2760
Mobile: +27 83 414 4720

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