SAA training policy evokes anger

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    http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/saa-training-policy-evokes-anger-1.1365149

    The DA and Solidarity were fuming on Friday over news that the pilot cadet training programme of SA Airways (SAA) excluded white men.

    “It is disturbing that SAA have opted to exclude people from its pilot training programme on the basis of race and gender,” said Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Michael.

    “No South African should feel excluded on the basis of the colour of their skin or the combination of chromosomes they happen to possess.”

    The Beeld newspaper reported that application forms to the training programme from white men were no longer being accepted by the SAA.

    SAA spokesman Kabelo Ledwaba told the newspaper the cadet programme was being advertised online as an initiative to bring pilot demographics in line with the country's broader demographics.

    He said only 15 percent of SAA pilots were black, including Indians and coloureds.

    Ledwaba said the airline would appoint male white pilots when there were vacant posts for which applicants of other races could not be found.

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    SAA backtracks on white cadet ban - Solidarity


    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politi...b/en/page71654?oid=320113&sn=Detail&pid=71616

    SAA revokes ban on white candidates for cadet programme
    South African Airways (SAA) declared in a lawyer's letter sent to trade union, Solidarity, that it would lift its ban on the applications of white, male students for its controversial cadet programme. This comes within hours after Solidarity instituted legal action against SAA on behalf of three young white applicants. Solidarity on Friday also launched an extensive public protest campaign against SAA.
    Solidarity's action followed when it became known that the applications of white applicants for SAA's cadet programme were immediately being rejected on the airline's website, while those of black applicants with the same profile were accepted.

    "This total ban on the appointment of whites goes against the letter and spirit of the South African Constitution," Dirk Hermann, Solidarity's Deputy General Secretary said.

    In order to avert Solidarity's court action, SAA informed the trade union in writing that the closing date for applications for the cadet programme was postponed to the end of August, and that the application form on its website was adapted, giving white men also the opportunity to apply.

    In its lawyer's letter, Solidarity demanded that SAA abolish its quota system for cadets with immediate effect, and that the application process be re-opened. Meanwhile, members of the public were asked to send protest messages to SAA CEO, Siza Mzimela, and to Cheryl Carolus, SAA Board Chair via Solidarity's protest web page, www.stopkwotas.co.za, as part of a public campaign against SAA.
     
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    I'm glad the ban was rescinded. South Africa does indeed have a major problem with addressing the substantial underrepresentation of non-White South Africans in professional and highly skilled positions that resulted from decades of apartheid, but arbitrary barriers based on one's demographics are certainly not the answer.
     
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