Presidency: SAA will not move from Treasury to Transport

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Johannesburg – The Presidency has denied reports that the government will move South African Airways (SAA) out of National Treasury to the Department of Transport.

“The reports are incorrect. No such decision has been taken,” it said in a statement on Sunday.  

“SAA remains located at the National Treasury where it will continue to receive support and guidance as it rebuilds itself following the appointment of a new board and CEO,” the Presidency added.

The Sunday Times reported earlier in the day that ex-SAA chair Dudu Myeni had scored a top position as adviser to the Transport Minister, which would see her net R1m a year. 

When Fin24 contacted Myeni, she declined to comment. 

In October Myeni was replaced as chair of SAA with businessman Johannes Bhekumuzi “JB” Magwaza, the founder and executive chairperson of Nkunzi Investment Holdings.

City Press had previously reported that three senior SAA executives, and another source close to the board, said that Myeni had informed those in her close circle at the beleaguered airline that she would not step down until President Jacob Zuma finished his second term of office in 2019. 

This was when banks and other financiers were pulling the plug on loans they gave to SAA, citing her continued presence on the airline’s board as one of the reasons.

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