Consultants hired by ailing airline South African Airways in December have once again raised questions about the flouting of processes by the airline's executives. After the National Treasury rejected a bid by SAA to hire four consultants at a cost of R13-million for six months' work outside of procurement processes, the airline absorbed three of them on short-term employment contracts. Although the airline did not confirm the costs associated with the consultants, Business Times understands they come at a cost of €1 000 (R14 505) a person a day, exclusive of accommodation, which has been at the Southern Sun International Airport Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport, where a standard room starts at R3 700 a night. If the consultants work a five-day week for the contracted six months, they will walk away with R5.2-million. SAA whistleblowers claimed the three, Matina Massa, Augusto-Viansson Ponte and Ben Leon, were hired at SAA's office in the United Kingdom to allow the airline t...

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