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SAA makes new appointment, John Lamola takes over from Thomas Kgokolo as the new CEO

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As Thomas Kgokolo steps down as CEO of SAA, the airline has chosen John Lamola to succeed him as the next CEO.

The airline implied in a statement posted Thursday night that it was preparing for the long-awaited Takatso Consortium takeover.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan originally announced the expected purchase of a majority stake in SAA 10 months ago, with the government owning a minority investment with equity partners Harith Investments and Global Airways, the owner of hybrid airline Lift.

Gidon Novick, the former CEO of Comair, has been appointed to oversee the Takatso consortium.

From May 1, John Lamola will take over as executive chairwoman and CEO.

As Thomas Kgokolo steps down as CEO of SAA, the airline has chosen John Lamola to succeed him as the next CEO.

After a year in the helm, Kgokolo asked that his contract not be renewed, according to SAA.

He was hired into the organization to provide a smooth transition following the company’s corporate rescue.

The government and Takatso Consortium have formed a strategic equity partnership to run SAA.

Before being chosen as the interim CEO of South African Airways, Thomas Kgokolo worked as the Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at the Mineworkers Provident Fund (MWPF) in South Africa and in a number of other management positions.

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