SAA rejects white men for pilot programme – Solidarity union

2014-05-16 08:38

South African Airways (SAA) uses an unfair admittance policy for its cadet pilot development programme, which does not admit white males, trade union Solidarity has said.

This was following an unsuccessful application by a white man, who had also applied in 2013 and was unsuccessful.

“In our letter, we ask the SAA to provide us with reasons for [the applicant’s] unsuccessful application before May 16 2014. We also want an indication of the number of white men whose applications were successful,” spokesperson Johan Kruger said yesterday.

“Furthermore, we clearly state in the letter that all indications are that white men were once again not admitted to the cadet programme.”

Kruger said in 2013, the white male’s application was unsuccessful, despite performing “exceptionally well” in the aviation knowledge and the psychometric tests that were part of the selection process.

He said during a meeting between Solidarity and SAA in 2013, the airline confirmed that no white men, regardless of how they had performed in the selection process, had been admitted to the cadet programme.

The applicant had requested that SAA explain in a letter, why his application was rejected.

He had not received a reply to date, Kruger said.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the programme was not an employment recruitment drive, but a bursary programme.

“Its dual purpose nature is intended to contribute towards addressing scarce and critical skills in the aviation industry and secondly, it is aimed at transforming the aviation industry, which at the moment is 89% skewed in favour of or dominated by white males.”

He said SAA needed to redress the legacies of the past and to explore increasing the pool of pilots from historically discriminated groups and yet deserving cases.

A statement would be released today which would, among other things, provide a demographic breakdown of the 2014 intake, Tlali said.

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