After a number of whispers radiating out of the SAA building and with in the aviation circles, the inability and incompetence of the CEO (who has no experience in aviation, only a tarred past up stuff ups and possible successful deals, depending on what your definition of successful is) has come to light. This article how ever doesn't show the inability of the man to manage the airline but rather of the inconsistencies in his ability to make rational decisions which would be best for the airline.
15 trips by helicopter to meetings in Gauteng within driving distance of each other, at a cost of R350000.
The airline embarked on a massive cost-cutting programme that included slashing the coffee budget for staff at its head office in Kempton Park
perks include a 745 BMW, a bodyguard and a personal chauffeur — has cost taxpayers more than R500000 in helicopter trips, the chartering of an airplane for a 30-minute flight between France and England
the airline signed a contract with a private company for executive travel
Henley Air and said that R400000 had been made available for this
Bell helicopters used for more than 15 journeys
Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter which is usually leased for around R4350 an hour
On February 28, Ngqula, who has a holiday home in the south of France, chartered a plane from Toulouse to London.
SAA paid French company Dassault Falcon Service more than R100000 for the brief journey and justified this as being in the “normal course of Ngqula’s duties between the two cities” The flight would have cost R3288 on Air France if it had been booked via SAA in Johannesburg
Ngqula had stayed at The Dorchester-Ngqula’s staff at Airways Park no longer drink top-brand coffee, he spent £1550 on a two-night stay in March, including breakfast at over R400
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