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SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 State-owned regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that its certification as an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) had been reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) on June 22. “Since then SA Express has undergone a stringent and rigorous process to meet... 

Union wants answers as gaps left by SAX grounding are plugged

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has created an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found... 

Denel Aeronautics acting CEO was in charge at SA Express when irregular contract signed – union

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity claimed on Wednesday that the reported fuel purchase contract, which failed to follow prescribed tender procedures, placed by State-owned airline SA Express with a little known company, EML Energy, had been placed while Victor Xaba had been acting CEO of the airline. Xaba... 

Gordhan: SA airlines already working together amid merger talks 

By: News24Wire      28th May 2018 Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan told eNCA on Sunday evening that discussions regarding the merger of three government airlines would continue this week with other relevant ministers. South Africa has been abuzz with the potential consequences of merging Mango Airlines with SA... 

SAA, partner airlines assist stranded SA Express passengers

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) and its partner airlines Mango and SA Airlink have put in place replacement capacity to support South African (SA) Express passengers. This comes after the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Thursday suspended SA Express’ flights after an audit uncovered... 

Eskom business-model review aimed at lowering utility’s risk to fiscus

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that the business model of power utility Eskom is up for discussion as government seeks to reduce the fiscal risk currently posed by utility and to reposition the State-owned enterprise (SoE) for future sustainability. On his eighty-sixth... 

South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Brown supports secondment of Victor Xaba as SA Express acting CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Denel Aerostructures deputy CEO Victor Xaba has been seconded to serve as acting CEO of South African Express (SA Express), effective April 10. This follows after extensive consultations between the boards of Denel and SA Express, as well as the Department of Public Enterprises, and has the... 

Comair CEO raises questions on State airlines merger 

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 It is unclear what a merger between the three State-owned airlines SAA, Mango and SA Express would achieve that cannot be achieved by each airline individually, Erik Venter, CEO of Comair, told Fin24. This was in reaction to a parliamentary response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.... 

Govt appoints consultants to help decide future course for airlines

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

Consultants appointed to help government decide future course for SAA, SA Express 

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2016 A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the... 

3 500 North West households to be electrified

29th July 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom GM Phil Khumalo says that the utility is committed to electrifying more than 3 500 households in the Madibeng local municipality in North West by the end of this financial year. 

SAA must be put under business rescue – DA

By: News24Wire      20th July 2016 The stalemate between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni is rapidly driving the national carrier to total collapse and this cannot be allowed to happen, said the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday. The DA believes there should be an application... 

SA Express grounding shows regulator, industry can resolve problems fast

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express shows that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal... 

Civil Aviation, SA Express show regulator and industry can resolve problems fast 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2016 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) believes that the swift resolution of the issues that led to the temporary grounding of South African State-owned regional airline SA Express show that the industry and the aviation regulator can work swiftly and effectively together to deal with... 

Room for 25% equity partner in SAA merger – Brown

By: News24Wire      6th April 2016 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday that she is in favour of a merger between South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express, but said the question is how it should happen. Brown outlined her department’s strategic and annual performance plans to the Portfolio Committee on... 

Uncertainty rules in SA, says Nomura economist

By: News24Wire      8th March 2016 Layers of politics, balancing of alliance partners, capacity constraints, a lack of urgency and distractions and mistakes all hold South Africa back from higher potential growth. This is the view of Nomura's emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto following several days of meetings with... 

Is SAA's Myeni facing Gordhan's axe?

By: News24Wire      29th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is apparently determined to remove SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni from the airline's board. The minister of finance has the power to appoint and remove board members since executive authority over SAA was transferred to the treasury in December 2014. 

Equity partner mooted as part of SAA-SAX merger plan 

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that government would explore a possible merger of the financially distressed South African Airways (SAA) with SA Express (SAX) and that it was also open to “engaging with a potential minority equity partner”. However, the programme would... 

Challenges facing the aviation industry

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 he fundamental problem in the African aviation industry is fragmentation and that protectionism of national airlines will not go away soon, according to Erik Venter, CEO of Comair and chair of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (Aasa). This fragmentation in the African industry makes it... 

Nominate the best for State companies – Brown 

By: SANews, SA government news service     30th September 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has urged that the best candidates be nominated to serve on the boards of State Owned Entities (SOEs). “Help me identify your brightest and our best,” said Minister Brown as she launched an initiative to obtain the best pool of candidates from which to... 

KwaZulu-Natal’s regional airports get boost

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2013 Despite Pietermaritzburg Airport’s successful turn around and the conclusion of a R40-million expansion, there is a “need to take it further”, KwaZulu-Natal  MEC for Finance Ina Cronjé said on Wednesday. Speaking at the official opening of the regional airport’s R18-million upgraded terminal... 

Public Enterprises misses targets 

By: Sapa     26th September 2013 The public enterprises department missed about a third of its performance targets for the past financial year, notably goals related to the struggling state-owned airlines and Transnet. In the department's annual report tabled in Parliament on Thursday, Auditor General (AG) Terence Nombembe... 

Major planemaker creates support facilities in SA and Ethiopia

By: Keith Campbell     26th July 2013 Canadian major aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace (part of the Bombardier Incorporated) recently announced in Johannesburg that has opened a Regional Support Office (RSO) for Africa, at Lanseria International Airport, north west of the city. It furthermore announced its intention to set... 

Implementation time

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2013 Following an review of nine previous turnaround plans, State-owned national carrier South African Airways (SAA) believes it has finally delivered an “all-encompassing strategy” to its shareholder – one that, if implemented with diligence, will place it on a sound financial and operational... 

South African aircraft-servicing company receives accreditation from Bombardier Aerospace

By: Keith Campbell     7th December 2012 Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace has appointed South African regional airline SA Express as its first authorised service facility in Africa for nearly all of its commercial aircraft types. “They have a service facility and we have recognised their standards,” explains... 

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