Solidarity: Mango employees pay the price for the state’s incompetence
2 December 2021
Solidarity today expressed its dissatisfaction with the airline Mango’s business rescue plan, which was only accepted today. According to this plan, South African Airways (SAA) will withdraw from Mango and sell 100% of its shares.
Solidarity argues that state interference and the implementation of poor business decisions made Mango into another victim on the long list of failed state institutions. Solidarity further argued that the situation would have looked quite different if Mango's former CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, had been allowed to restructure the airline and manage it without any interference.
“Employees at the airline are now paying the price for the poor decisions of the past made by the government. We are in a situation again where ideology and centralisation take precedence over sound business practices and sound economic decisions. The result is that thousands of people are now without work while such a situation could very well have been prevented,” says Derek Mans, sector coordinator of defence and aviation at Solidarity.
According to Mans, Mango was already in a weak position before the start of the covid-19 pandemic, and there already was a request from the previous head of Mango to the shareholder to place Mango in business rescue. He believes that a successful application at that time could have resulted in a very different outcome and could have helped many employees to keep their positions.