Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced the appointment of an interim board of directors for national carrier, South African Airways (SAA).
Former Tourism Minister Derek Hannekom has been appointed as interim non-executive director and chairperson of the carrier.
Professor John Lamola – who was the air carrier’s chairperson – will remain as an interim non-executive director and will continue as interim Chief Executive Officer.
Joining the two on the board are Fathima Gany, Fundi Sithebe, Mahlubi Mazwi, Advocate Johannes Weapond, Clarissa Appana and Dumisani Sangweni.
The Department of Public Enterprises explained that the appointments mark “a significant step forward in the national carrier’s ongoing transformation” and they will serve until “the introduction of the Strategic Equity Partner, Takatso Consortium”.
The primary focus areas of the Interim Board encompass providing strategic leadership to the transitional management team and overseeing the integration of the Strategic Equity Partner.
Takatso Consortium is poised to acquire a 51% majority stake in SAA, with the transaction presently undergoing regulatory review.