The latest drug lord
AIRLINES ARE a risky investment. Especially now. There’s an old saying: if it flies or floats – rent it, don’t buy it. But I wish we could buy SA Airways. It must be the potential turnaround situation of the century. Right now there are problems. It can’t make money. In fact, it loses a lot of money. I don’t understand why. In SA it still has a near monopoly at airports and on chosen routes. And flying SAA isn’t cheap.
I sympathise with SAA’s staff. It’s a tough job when all you get are complaints. I was speaking to an SAA pilot recently, who said he didn’t tell people what he did. That would just invite a long complaint about their last flight.
Which takes us to what’s probably the main problem at SAA: Khaya Ngqula (though to be fair, any boss at SAA has always been the main problem). Ngqula’s now being investigated for alleged insider deals.
But better still, if you’re boss of an organisation and one of your staff is allegedly found trying to smuggle millions of rand of cocaine into Britain, wouldn’t that make you a drug lord? Ngqula can add that to his CV for his next job application.
Not that he has to work (and seemingly now doesn’t). SAA staff must look at his six-figure salary and sadly shake their heads.