The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is encouraged that labour unions, and representatives of non-unionised managers and ground staff, have agreed to accept the South African Airways (SAA) voluntary severance packages (VSPs) which will be supported by a social plan and skills development programme for employees who will be retrenched.

After withdrawing from the Leadership Consultative Forum (LCF) – a mechanism formed to facilitate employee engagement towards the development of a business and operating model for a new and restructured South African Airways (SAA), the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has had bilateral discussions with all unions and is now calling on them to do the same amongst themselves and find a solution to the future of the airline.