Hein Kaiser
Journalist
2 minute read
30 Jul 2021
4:01 am

SAA holds Mango staff to ransom

Hein Kaiser

In its correspondence to the unions yesterday, SAA’s attorneys told Mango employees the shareholder’s board resolved to place the airline into business rescue in April.

(Photo by Gallo Images/Darren Stewart)

In a showing of he-man tactics, South African Airways’ (SAA) attorneys wrote to Mango’s unions saying while its board has approved, according to a source, R31 million in bridging finance, funds will not be paid across to the budget airline unless the three trade unions that have filed to place Mango in business rescue withdraw its motion. Since last May, the budget carrier’s management and board have lobbied SAA and uber shareholder Public Enterprises to place it in protection. Nothing has happened until now when staff had finally had enough and acted. Mango’s board, under then chair Peter Tshisevhe, could...