Fin24 reports that in a statement last week, the Black Management Forum (BMF) condemned the appointment of Nico Bezuidenhout as CEO of state-owned low-cost airline Mango, which is a subsidiary of SA Airways (SAA).
The forum indicated its objection to the hiring of a white male as CEO and also questioned whether Bezuidenhout himself was qualified for the position. The organisation said it intended to challenge the appointment “through all available means”.
In November 2014, the issue of Bezuidenhout’s qualifications had been raised in relation to his appointment as acting CEO at SAA. At the time, Bezuidenhout had indicated that the SAA board felt his tertiary studies, although incomplete, provided sufficient grounding, while his performance track record exceeded that of a number of previous, highly qualified, airline CEOs. But, in the view now of the BMF, there were “thousands of suitably qualified black professionals” who could fill the role of CEO of Mango.
Besides the qualification issue, the BMF also questioned the process of advertising for the position because in its view, it had been tailor-made to suit Bezuidenhout. The BMF had also not been satisfied with the appointment of a white male, Danie du Toit, as CEO of state-owned arms manufacturing company Denel in December last year.