In a measure to turn around the poverty stricken airline, CEO Vuyani Jarana told the media that jobs will probably have to be cut. While he did not specify numbers, some sources say that it could be as many as 1 500.
He said that the workforce will have to be minimised by either laying off staff or voluntary severance packages. This can be across the spectrum and may apply to cabin crew, pilots and administration staff. This will apparently also bring the aircraft-employee ratio “more in line with its regional competitors.
The national carrier has been leaking billions per year with government bail-outs keeping it afloat despite gross mismanagement.