Friday, April 19, 2013

■ SOUTH AFRICA: Gigaba confirms Monwabisi Kalawe as new SAA boss.

SAA logoEnding weeks of media speculation, South African Airways (SA) has confirmed Monwabisi Kalawe as the new CEO of the airline, replacing interim CEO and Mango boss, Nico Bezuidenhout.

Monwabisi Kalawe, CEO SAA
Monwabisi Kalawe
The announcement was made this morning at a press briefing in Johannesburg held by South African Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba.

Minister Gigaba said Kalawe, an industry outsider and current CEO of Compass Group (South Africa), a global food services company, brought with him "extensive experience from both the private and public sector." As CEO, it will be Kalawe's responsibility to oversee the crisis-ridden airline's rehabilitation in line with its 9th turnaround strategy, due to be made public later this month.

No exact date regarding the start of Kalawe's tenure has been given as yet.