SAA lifts ban on white cadets

Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) has lifted a ban on applications by whites for its cadet pilot programme, according to Sunday's Rapport newspaper.

The airline's website had been changed so that applications from white men would not automatically be rejected, according to Fikile Thabethe, head of the airline's legal department.

The ban was lifted on Friday, after trade union Solidarity sent SAA a letter from its lawyers, urging it to drop its quota system for cadets.

The Democratic Alliance and Solidarity reacted with outrage on Friday to news that whites would be excluded from the programme.

SAA spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba told Beeld the move was meant to bring pilot demographics in line with the country's. He told Rapport that 85% of SAA's pilots were white, and, of these, 91% were men.

The closing date for applications to the cadet programme had been extended from August 17 to August 31, to allow other whites to apply, as Solidarity had demanded.

"This total ban on applications from whites goes against the letter and spirit of the constitution," Solidarity's deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann told Rapport.


* Follow Fin24 on FacebookTwitter and Google+

 
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
15.80
+1.1%
Rand - Pound
19.39
+1.0%
Rand - Euro
16.67
+0.8%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.97
+0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+1.3%
Gold
1,826.32
+0.2%
Silver
21.14
+0.9%
Palladium
1,880.00
+2.0%
Platinum
911.50
+0.2%
Brent Crude
110.05
-1.5%
Top 40
59,993
+1.6%
All Share
66,349
+1.6%
Resource 10
64,422
-0.2%
Industrial 25
76,590
+2.6%
Financial 15
15,623
+1.9%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Company Snapshot