JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2213 posts, RR: 9 Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3411 times:
Seems that SAA is simply cursed with the current management and their fair share of scandals... not to mention complete lack of manners by the top man.
You are getting an extra R70,000 a month
Bullshit! This is what South African Airways boss Khaya Ngqula told South Africans on national television when confronted about a monthly bonus of close to R70,000 that the airline is paying him to stay in his job.
“Oh, that is not true. Gosh, I’d love to earn R70,000 a month. That’s definitely not true... it’s fantasy and wishful thinking,” he said.
But today Business Times can reveal that the SAA CEO lied about the staggering R68,750 monthly payment he received — in addition to his annual R5.3-million salary — to turn the ailing airline into a profitable parastatal.
Two weeks ago, in an interview on pay channel M-Net’s Carte Blanche programme, Ngqula disputed claims that he earned the bonus and said it was simply untrue. When pressed on the matter, Ngqula lashed out: “Bullshit... it’s rubbish.”
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3134 posts, RR: 26 Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3244 times:
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Quoting JoKeR (Thread starter): Ngqula disputed claims that he earned the bonus and said it was simply untrue. When pressed on the matter, Ngqula lashed out: “Bullshit... it’s rubbish.”
Workers at the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa) pleaded with the board that this same buffoon be sacked as CEO of the IDC, years ago. Their wish was "granted" but instead he was then simply appointed by his government cronies as the CEO of SAA. Until SAA is weaned from the mother-sucking teat of government or at least partially privatised, the airline will IMO never operate at a surplus.
When you are doing stuff that nobody has done before, there is no manual – Kevin McCloud
JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2213 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2758 times:
Adding salt to injury...
Johannesburg - A skills shortage at SAA Technical, which for decades was one of the most outstanding technical centres in Africa, has declined to the extent that its aviation safety standards have been brought into question.
The US' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) silently warned SAA about the issue in February and March this year.
Its technical division has not met the skills prerequisites for the maintenance work on the passenger jets that it is responsible for.
Last week, two former senior managers at SAA Technical's two most strategic workshops told Sake24 that they resigned following decades of service as they could no longer "live with their consciences".
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8357 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
The issue of the maintenance is national news here today with coverage on TV and radio. Salaries and affirmative action are given as the main reasons for the skills shortages, although a friend who used to work at Nationwide says he has been waiting 6 weeks for SAA to get back to him about an application for employment. But wait, he is White... affirmative action is going to be the death of this airline.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2213 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
Quoting Andz (Reply 3): The issue of the maintenance is national news here today with coverage on TV and radio.
Johannesburg - The international recognition of all South African pilots could be in danger due to the possible downgrade of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by the USA's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Due to the shortage of inspectors that test the flight worthiness of aeroplanes and issue and reassess pilots' licences, the FAA had considered downgrading the CAA in January already.
Swallow From Uganda, joined Jul 2007, 551 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2290 times:
Sad to see the competence of SAT called into question considering their illustrious history. The good news is that no safety issues have occurred to date.
One common theme with the other airline that has had a spate of safety issues recently is skills shortages and cost cutting. The following statement...
South African Airways (SAA) affiliate SAA Technical's plans to dismiss about 700 employees will "in no way" compromise safety, the company said this week
is similar to this one...
Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Assn. contributed to the war of words erupting over the daily reporting of several recent safety incidents at Qantas, accusing the airline of allowing standards to slip. It blamed staffing shortages and cost-cutting for the spate of highly publicized incidents
Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 7829 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
The South Agrican government owes it to itself, its citizens and the staff of SAA to fix teh airline. They should sell 49% to Lufthansa or other capable airline. Governments have a lousy record of running airlines, let the private sector do it. Having a large fleet of A240 doesn't help.
Swallow From Uganda, joined Jul 2007, 551 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 6): Having a large fleet of A340 doesn't help.
JNB is a high and hot hub hence SAA prefers quads. The 340 may be bashed repeatedly on A.net but it does have its pros-hot and high performance at least for the 346. SAA is one airline that has stuck to quads for long haul and never really used twins.
They had a couple of 767s in the last decade but those did not last long in the fleet. They may have to reconsider though; their fleet plan calls for new planes post 2014, so the 350/787 will come into play
Shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1512 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1865 times:
Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 6): Having a large fleet of A240 doesn't help
Indeed this would be a burden for many airlines. But luckily SAA, like Iberia and Lufthansa, Virgin and Finnair operates A340's which are superb for their route network.
I am a regular on SAA (those A346's are some of the best ships in the sky in SAA guise) but have seen passenger service standards slip over the last five years. I can't help but think that other service areas might also be suffering (maintenance?) and that maybe my October flights with SAA might be my last. Shame, as SAA its just the right way to arrive in South Africa
Its easy to criticise cronies, but historically most airlines on every continent and in every nation have attracted despot CEO's and other senior staff who are in it, not for their love of aviation or ability to run an airline, but as part of a misguided personal crusade. Shame its now SAA's turn.
Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 6):
Having a large fleet of A240 doesn't help.
I presume you mean A340 - and once again a useless non-factual statement.
Thanks for the correction, "useless" however is a word I would reconsider. SAA does have A340's, factual it is, like it or not. May be you feel lacking since Aer Lingus has only A330 and doesn't fly to Asia.