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More than 3 000 of the airline's almost 5 000 employees have been approved to receive voluntary severance packages.
More than 3 000 of the airline's almost 5 000 employees have been approved to receive voluntary severance packages.
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The business rescue plan of state-owned flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) requires about R2.2 billion to pay for severance packages - voluntary and retrenched - in the process of restructuring the airline.

More than 3 000 of the airline's almost 5 000 employees have been approved to receive voluntary severance packages. The rest of employees are busy with a Section 189 process of retrenchments to reduce the number of employees to about 1 000. Government is still scrambling to try and the find funding.

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