"The Board worked tirelessly to find a suitable leader who will lead by example and stabilise the internal environment whilst working towards ensuring good corporate governance within the airline," said Dudu Myeni, acting Chairperson of the SAA Board of Directors. "Mr Kalawe will also lead SAA, as a strategic national asset, towards contributing to the socio-economic development of the country and the continent."
Ms. Myeni also thanked acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout.
"We are also sincerely grateful for the incredible work that Mr. Bezuidenhout has done towards the development and timely submission of the airline's first ever long term turnaround strategy," she said.
Kalawe began his career at state-owned Eskom before joining Nestle South Africa for a few years and then returning to Eskom for three years.
He also worked at Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) for six years before leading Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) as Chief Operating Officer and Denel as Chief Executive Officer.
He was then Country MD of Compass Group for five years, before becoming Executive Chairperson.
Kalawe will join SAA in the next few weeks.
Last week, SAA finalised a code-share agreement with India's Jet Airways augmenting the reach of SAA's direct flight to Mumbai and synchronising flights to nine other cities in India.
South Africa's government last year agreed to guarantee R5 billion in loans for the troubled national airline over the next two years.
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