The #Takatso Consortium has just become a 51% (controlling) shareholder of South African Airways. The consortium is comprised of Harith General Partners and Global Aviation. Who, you ask?

Well let’s start with Harith. Their Chairman is Phillip Jabulani Moleketi, of the ANC.
Their Group Executive Director is Tshepo Mahloele. He too is formerly of the PIC and was allegedly involved in a number of questionable dealings. He’s also an ANC man of course.
What about Global Aviation, the other partner in the consortium?

Well, they’re an “airline” based at OR Tambo International, although you’d be forgiven for not recognizing their livery. They’re mainly involved in wet leasing of aircraft.

Their CEO is Quentin Tomaselli.
Of note is that Tomaselli has no online footprint whatsoever. Even decent quality photographs are hard to find. Remarkable in 2021.

Even more interesting is that Global Aviation is also a partner of new low-cost airline Lift.

So SAA and Mango and Lift. Competition Commission?
Cadre deployment and enrichment isn’t merely reserved for the public sector now that the purse is empty. The next frontier is the private sector whereby every entity becomes fair game for the expansion of patronage networks.

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