In 2017, the board of SAA was called to brief parliament’s finance committee on the smoking crater we still laughingly refer to as the national airline.

This was a difficult meeting to organise. In 2017, parastatal boards were generally appointed in the morning, usually by dangling some raw meat from a string and seeing who jumped the highest, and then disbanded just after lunchtime, giving everyone the afternoon for cashing in golden handshakes. Getting a whole board to appear was always going to be tough, and nobody would have been surprised when only SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni showed up.

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