Lynne Brown mulls SAA action

2014-07-06 15:00

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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is thinking of the most suitable intervention to deal with the SAA board, spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said on Friday.

This followed a frank meeting she held with the board last Thursday, where six nonexecutive directors – reportedly Carol Roskruge, Raisibe Lepule, Andile Mabizela, Nonhlanhla Kubeka, Bongisizwe Mpondo and Andile Khumalo – expressed their dissatisfaction with board chairperson Duduzile Myeni.

After the meeting, Brown said she would decide what to do with the board within a week or so.

In an interview published in this week’s Mail?&?Guardian, Brown said she would give the state-owned enterprises in her portfolio five months to pull themselves together, but the airline would not be included. “Clearly, that board cannot work together,” she said. “The levels of infighting are so extreme I have to act on the board and that may be one of the boards where I don’t give them five months.”

Myeni referred questions to Brown on Friday.

Monwabisi Kalawe, the airline’s CEO, did not respond to requests for comment.

Tshwete said Brown was clear that the airline could not afford prolonged instability at the board or management level.

“Minister Brown will make some decisions around SAA and we will be transparent with the public when she does so,” he said.

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