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SOUTH African Airways (SAA) at last has a new CEO - Vuyani Jarana. Just as with Mark Barnes at the Post Office, this represents another move away from cadre deployment to appointing someone with genuine business skills, acumen and proven experience.

It can only be beneficial to the ailing national carrier, as it attempts its ninth turnaround strategy in a little over a decade.

Mr Jarana inherits a massive debt and maturing loans of almost R20bn over the next five years. His appointment is likely to coincide with yet another cash injection by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to keep the airline flying by providing salaries and urgent debt repayment due within weeks.

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