BREAKING: #SAA was stopped by SA Civil Aviation Authority from flying to Brussels to fetch the J&J vaccine due to risk measures not adequate enough/ acceptable with aviation standards. This is why TUI flew the vaccine in. CAA declined the request for the National carrier to fly.
CAA says It is must be noted that SAA had voluntarily ceased operations a while back. However, this does not mean that they had surrendered their Air Operator Certificate to SACAA. Their AOC remains valid even though they had put their operations temporarily on hold.
The authority says any operator who is not conducting regular flights, or their aircraft are not in regular service/operation for any reason is expected, and in line with applicable regulations, to conduct  the required maintenance.
The main concern the SACAA had, and which led to the declining of the initial exemption application was in relation to the recency of their flight deck crew, whereby the applicant did not provided adequate mitigation measures.

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16 Feb
#SAA update: The Business rescue practitioners say they are pleased to advise that the payment of Cabin Crew and Ground Staff employees who took Voluntary Severance packages at the end of August 2020 were paid their Part 1 of their packages on Friday 12 February 2021.
The payment follows the receipt of a further tranche of R5 billion from the Department of Public Enterprises on 12 Feb, which has further allowed the BRPs to confirm the second payment on 19 February. Since Friday 12 February, the BRPs have received a total of R7.8 billion. #SAA
The #SAA BRPs say that Part 1 of the VSP payment in respect of Management, Specialists and Pilots who took VSPs shall be made on 17 February 2021 and Part 2 on 19 February 2021.
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8 Feb
Former #SAA board Chair Dudu Myeni wants the interim enforcement order against her removed, pending the outcome of any appeal against the main order. Myeni was declared a delinquent director for life last year by the Pretoria High Court. She is appealing the order.
On 22 December 2020, Judge Tolmay dismissed Myeni’s application for leave to appeal against the delinquency order itself which was handed down in May 2020. Myeni is arguing that she is no longer a director on the board of any SOE including the Mangaung electricity entity Centlec.
Myeni argues that her source of income will be removed if she is removed from the boards of other companies while her main appeal is underway. As it stands she is director of the Jacob Zuma Foundation. Enforcement order doesn’t allow her to do so, even though it’s not an SOE.
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7 Feb
BREAKING: The over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in SA on Monday expire in April. This was only picked up when they arrived in SA. They have a 6month life span.
#Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica
The AstraZeneca vaccine was meant to be rolled out by Wednesday to healthcare workers. Scientists need to complete further studies due to new variant, therefore the rollout of #AstraZeneca has been put on hold.
Dr Zweli Mkhize says the #AstraZeneca vaccine will NOT be sent back. He says scientists will be concluding studies linked to the efficacy. But until then they won’t be sent back. They might be swapped out for newer stock as they expire in April. #AstraZeneca #Vaccine
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7 Feb
JUST IN: The rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine which had been scheduled to begin this week is now on temporary hold.
Instead there will be an expedited rollout of the J&J vaccine for health workers. #Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica
From next week, for the next 4 weeks the country will be getting J&J and Pfizer vaccines. This will be used for healthcare workers. For now we keep AstraZeneca and wait for scientists to provide further studies on what to do. #VaccineforSouthAfrica
Dr Zweli Mkhize doesn’t give a clear answer if and when the AstraZeneca vaccine will expire. This means there needs to be clear indication how much time we have for studies to conclude around the AstraZeneca vaccine. #Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica
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7 Feb
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize together with others will brief the nation tonight regarding the vaccine. Reports have emerged that the AstraZeneca vaccine might not be as effective with the new 501Y.V2 variant of SARS-Cov-2. #vaccine
Minister Mkhize says this briefing is two fold, to give an update on the research done so far and secondly it’s to respond to the policy review to adjust some of the findings. #VaccineforSouthAfrica #Vaccine
Minister Mkhize says the trials done linked AstraZeneca have shown good results around the world. He does hint to some work still needing to be done here in South African and the vaccine. #VaccineforSouthAfrica #Vaccine
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5 Feb
Workers at #SAA have had it really hard since March. This a message got from someone this morning:

“Hi Heidi. Ex colleague apparently died of stress related illness. Another committed suicide last year. Others from Covid. I'm in hospital now...”
More messages from #SAA workers

I was the mom who gave her family everything. No body was short of anything... eventually I became the mom that gave disappointing answers to my 2 little kids when they asked for something and I couldn’t afford it....

...I was the mom who fed my kids soup& bread or soup and rice for supper 3 times in a week...cos my cupboards where drying. Today I’m the mom crying silently hoping for SAA to realise how much this has impacted not only me or us but also little people who also depended on SAA ...
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