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Of the R10.5 billion Mboweni allocated to SAA in his mini budget, about R2.2 billion is for voluntary severance and retrenchments at SAA.
Of the R10.5 billion Mboweni allocated to SAA in his mini budget, about R2.2 billion is for voluntary severance and retrenchments at SAA.
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South African Airways (SAA), which has just secured the R10.5 billion it needed from the government to avoid liquidation, is facing a fresh hurdle in the form of a challenge by pilots' union, the SAA Pilots' Association (SAAPA). 

The association is fighting what it believes is an unlawful proposal by the state-owned flag carrier regarding the retrenchment of pilots as part of the airline's restructuring.

The union takes issue with what it claims is a plan to retrench or retain pilots based on race. 

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