"There will probably be a new SAA board chairperson very shortly" - Yunus Carrim

South African Airways board chair Dudu Myeni appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance in Parliament for the carrier's routine quarterly meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting was aimed at assisting SAA in dealing with its operational challenges and also to present a report on its five-year turnaround strategy.

Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, spoke to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about Tuesday's meeting.

Last year Cabinet decided Myeni staying on until September 2017 when they appointed a new board.

There will probably be a new SAA board chairperson very shortly.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance

There are also currently three nominations for a new CEO, he added.

He says they also recommended the appointment of an aviation expert to help the carrier deal with some of its challenges.

He says although it is not compulsory, it is necessary that they have someone with extensive knowledge in aviation as part of the board.

He talked about the altercation he had with another ANC member, Peace Mabe, over the fact that Dudu Myeni was the only board member who appeared before the committee.

It was an unfortunate exchange, it shouldn't have happened and was an internal matter.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance

Read: SAA chair Dudu Myeni flies British Airways to Parly meeting

He says Mabe is new and had not attended many meetings.

She was going against the positions of the ANC, the other members were unanimous they wanted meeting deferred.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance

This was for two reasons. Not sufficient board members attended the meeting and the documentation the committee received was inadequate and did not deal with key issues put to the board, said Carrim.

They did, however, deal with the issue of loans.

Read: Public clash in Parliament between two ANC MPs over SAA saga

President of the South African Cabin Crew Association Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam says the association will be laying charges against the board of directors and the top executives of the SAA for irregular expenditures.

She says the fact that the board did not see what was happening right under their noses means they are not performing their duties as required.

Take a listen to the two interviews below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : "There will probably be a new SAA board chairperson very shortly" - Yunus Carrim


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