• SAA Leadership Team

    SAA's dynamic leadership team is led by Professor John Lamola, SAA Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with the support and guidance of the airline's esteemed Non Executive Directors. The leadership team  is set to fulfill SAA's strategic goals, ensuring that the airline grows into a sustainable, world class airline.

    Professor Malesela John Lamola

    Executive Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer

    John Lamola retains the position of Associate Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the University of Johannesburg.  He obtained his PhD from Edinburgh University and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, USA). Prior to his return to full-time academic life he built and managed a proprietary private equity investment portfolio that included holdings in aviation and internet technologies. He was CEO at Denel Aviation in 1996 -2001, and has served on the Board (2012-2017) of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) .

    Mr Fikile Mhlontlo

    Chief Financial Officer

    Fikile Mhlontlo is a Chartered Accountant, a former assurance partner in one of the big four accounting firms and has occupied financial director roles for over ten years. Describing himself he says he is engaging, kind-hearted with a balanced approach that is cohesive and collaborative as well as supportive. He is also a strong proponent of ethical leadership.

    Ms Mpho Letlape

    General Manager

    Human Resources

    Mpho Letlape was previously Group HR Executive at Eskom. Her passion is to put the shoulder to the wheel and get South African Airways in the skies again. Her vision for SAA is to work with the SAA team in a transparent, emphatic, compassionate, and honourable manner to ensure that SAA has a proud and highly performing team serving its customers.

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    Mr Madoda Nkalane

    Executive: Operations

    Madoda Nkalane, before joining SAA, served as a Director in the South African Government with twenty-six (26) years of management experience. Nineteen (19) years of which he was appointed to various senior management positions.

    Mr Nkalane has fifteen (15) years of progressive aviation experience. He is an energetic self-starter with phenomenal ability of working with teams and the able to navigate high-stress situations.

    He is an experienced airline professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills, consistently exceeding expectations through dedicated high work ethics and passion for the SAA business.


    Non-Executive Directors

    Mr Nick Fadugba


    Director (British)

    Nick Fadugba is CEO of African Aviation Services Limited and fellow at Royal Aeronautical Society in the UK.  He holds a Master of Science (Distinction) in Air Transport Planning & Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Air Transport Management and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mass Communication. He is guest lecturer, speaker and mentor.

    Ms Bembe  Zwane

    Non-Executive Director

    Bembe Zwane holds a B.Com in Education from the University of Johannesburg and a B. Com (Hons) from UNISA as well as a Management Executive Programme from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Ms Zwane is an aviation entrepreneur who is a part-owner in an aviation training solutions provider, a car rental business, and an aviation logistics business. She is a former executive at Imperial Logistics and Equity Aviation.