SAA Says Job Cuts Could Save the Airline R700-Million

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s SAA’s restructuring plan will be finalised by March next year and should save the firm R700 million rand, SAA’s executive team told a media briefing on Tuesday.

SAA aircraft stand on the runway at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg
South African Airways (SAA) aircraft stand on the runway at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 14, 2019. Picture taken February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

“If you look at the 944 employees (who could lose their jobs), it’s estimated, depending on how the process pans out, it could save the company about 700 million rand. Our communications to labour and employees is to have this process finalised by the end of March next year,” said South African Airways’ Martin Kemp.

Earlier on Tuesday the company said it had started consultations with its more than 5,000 staff and labour unions about cutting jobs to bring down its massive debt, including a 21.7 billion rand funding gap, that has forced government to repeatedly bail it out.

(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Jon Boyle)