Sep 28, 2012
Gigaba accepts SAA resignations, appoints new board membersBack
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Besides Carolus it was confirmed that Russell Loubser, Bonang Mohale, Louis Rabbets, Jabulani Ndlovu, David Lewis, Teddy Daka and Maggie Whitehouse had also resigned.
The other new nonexecutive directors named were Andile Mabizela, Andile Khumalo, Bongisizwe Mpondo, Dr Rajesh Naithani, Carol Roskruge, Raisibe Lepule and Nonhlanhla Kubeka.
Gigaba expressed irritation that certain resignations had been announced through the media. He also described the timing as “bizarre”, asserting that they followed a “prompt engagement” between Gigaba and board members following a media leak of a possible board shake-up.
He also defended his authority to review board appointments yearly and described as “established convention” the gaining of Cabinet concurrence to board changes at State-owned companies – such consultation was undertaken on September 19.
Since taking up his position, Gigaba has adopted a “hands on” approach to shareholder oversight across the eight State-owned companies falling under the authority of the Department of Public Enterprises.
He recently made wholesale changes to the board at SA Express and surprised many when he made material changes to the Eskom board in mid-2011, when he replaced Mpho Makwana with Zola Tsotsi. He has also been active in the selection of new nonexecutive directors and the restructuring of boards at Transnet, Denel, Safcol and Alexkor.
Business Day quoted Carolus on Friday as saying that she had taken the extraordinary decision, owing to a “breakdown in the relationship with the shareholder”.
She expressed frustration with the suggestion made by Gigaba at a recent Cape Town Press Club event that SAA lacked a strategic vision.
Following his remarks, Gigaba had put out a note clarifying his statements, in which he said it was inaccurate to infer that he did not support further funding for SAA. But he reiterated the need for “a long-term vision” and that the airline should not “continue requesting funding without presenting a long-term plan”.
For some time, SAA had been seeking further guarantees and had even argued previously for a shareholder injection of between R4-billion and R6-billion.
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