Kgathatso Tlhakudi | Why some SAA pilots want to maintain a self-enriching apartheid-era labour agreement

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Kgathatso Tlhakudi.
Kgathatso Tlhakudi.

"Greed is a strange, strange sin. All you want to do is acquire. Acquire money, acquire material, acquire time, acquire energy, acquire attention. The running mantra is 'I want, I want, I want', but that quickly turns to 'I need, I need, I need'," said Fisher Amelie.

This quote by Amelie, the best-selling author of The Seven Deadly Series, could be applied to members of the South African Airways Pilots' Association (Saapa), the beneficiaries of the Regulating Agreement (RA) – an evergreen collective agreement with South African Airways (SAA) signed in 1988, in the apartheid heydays.

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