Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. File photo

Johannesburg – Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown has supported the secondment of Victor Xaba from Denel Aerostructures to act as the CEO at SA Express.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Depertment of Public Enterprises said Xaba’s secondment was proposed following extensive consultations between the Boards of Denel and SA Express, and the Department of Public Enterprises.

Xaba has been the deputy CEO at Denel Aerostructures, where he has worked in various management capacities for 17 years.

“Our state-owned companies collectively employ a wealth of highly skilled South Africans. As part of the executive management team at Denel, Xaba was instrumental in positioning Denel as a leader in the African aerospace industry, and would now apply that knowledge to SA Express,” Brown said.

Xaba is well aware of the challenges SA Express faces, and is well-equipped with the technical and strategic management skills to help the airline achieve its strategic goals for sustainability, Brown says.

Xaba’s appointment, effective on Monday, follows the departure at the end of March of SA Express CEO, Inati Ntshanga, by agreement with the airline’s board, the department says.

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Brown acknowledged Ntshanga’s contribution to SA Express’ executive management team in defining a new strategic direction, and wished him well in the future.