South African Airways makes progress

first_imgPassenger volumes are up at the national carrier, while output is down, according to the acting chief executive.The next step for SAA is to try to get a more rewards-driven performance system in place. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Brand South Africa reporterThe implementation of the long-term turnaround strategy at South African Airways (SAA) had seen the airline make real progress, acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said today.“What we’ve seen in the April and May months, despite market demand being soft, was that SAA has grown its passenger volumes by 6%, with output reduced by 2%,” he said, although he was quick to add that “performance and consequence management has not been traditionally strong” at the airline.SAA is continuing to implement network changes, with the cancellation of direct flights to Mumbai and Beijing announced earlier this year having a positive effect on the company’s finances.“We are utilising the seats better and selling available seats. We’re seeing that across our network, including on the international side, where we are no longer suffering the losses we were [before].”New routesSAA has concluded a new code-share agreement with Africa World Airlines, in which four flights a week from Johannesburg will pass through Accra in Ghana and go on to Washington. Consequently, the Johannesburg-Dhaka-Washington route will be reduced to three times a week, with four direct flights a week from Johannesburg to Dhaka.The new Johannesburg-Accra-Washington route would create a R100-million benefit for SAA, Bezuidenhout said.The airline had made capacity adjustments in the domestic market, such as to the Durban-Johannesburg route. These adjustments had freed up capacity that could be used to grow SAA’s African capacity, he said.Destinations such as Harare, Kinshasa and Mauritius had benefited as a result, and the airline was focused on growing its network revenue into Africa. “On the African side, no other changes are expected in the short and medium term.”HeadcountThe airline continued to focus on cost reduction two months into the current fiscal year, he said.“Our costs declined by 14% [which is] in part driven by previous savings on fuel costs. Having said that, fuel costs savings. would have been negatively impacted by the weakening of the rand.“We’ve continued focusing on managing our headcount and we’ve made good progress on re-engineering [it] overall.” This process is about 50% complete, but Bezuidenhout hopes it will be concluded by September.The intention is to achieve this without retrenchments as much as possible, through mechanisms such as early retirement. He said SAA should be able to reduce the headcount by 8% to 10%. “What’s not easy is to tell somebody they no longer have a job. We’ve tried our utmost to not have a negative impact in that way,” he said.“We have continued employing a process of renegotiating existing supply contracts, that range from IT supply to costs of the snacks that you are may be having today [at the news briefing]. All of this is continuing to help us reduce our overall cost bill of 14% for the period.“Beyond that we continued to focus on the governance of the business, from procurement to policy requirements.”In some cases this resulted in disciplinary action but it was a means of getting the business “watertight”. “It’s tough enough to earn a cent in this business and I’m not going to lose it due to underhand practices,” Bezuidenhout said.Performance systemIn his opinion the reason SAA had failed to implement good plans was because “performance and consequence management has not been traditionally strong. From that stand point, personal performance contracts and robust consequence management becomes very important.”The next step for SAA was to try to get a more rewards-driven performance system in place.“At Mango, when I’m there, in a given year I earn more than any CEO in the [local] industry – provided that we reach our target. And if we double our target I will get well paid. However, if we don’t reach our target, I am the worst-paid CEO in the industry,” Bezuidenhout said.“If we can get something similar back into SAA, no matter how we look at things, human beings are motivated by reward systems.”Source: News24WireWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Facebook Aims To Cut Down On Your Newsfeed Clutter

first_imgTags:#Facebook#Pages#social#update Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit I rarely see updates from pages I actually like, only sponsored posts from recommended pages. It will be interesting to see if this changes, thanks to a Facebook update to its News Feed algorithm designed to make sure users are seeing the stories that are important to them.The update launched today is intended to filter “high quality content” directly to your newsfeed. Theoretically, businesses that post what Facebook considers “high quality content” will have their posts show up on their fans’ timelines more frequently.But for the update to actually work, Facebook had to determine what exactly users deemed to be high quality. The social network surveyed thousands of people (on the network of over one billion users) to determine what factors make posts high quality. The survey included questions about relevancy, trust, potential sharing recommendations, and how they feel about the post.Based on the results of the survey, Facebook built a system to detect page quality, fan base, and if pages’ fan bases were similar to each other. By testing the changes on a small group, the result was a significant increase in page interactions and fewer actions that hid page posts.Facebook’s Advice: Don’t Post Things That SuckIncluded in their announcement was a friendly reminder to pages: post great stuff and optimize it for engagement and reach. But aren’t pages already doing that? Many pages are fighting against others who are using sponsored posts. By giving Facebook advertising dollars, posts from pages users don’t even like will show up in their feeds. Facebook admitted that for most pages, the impact will be relatively small, but for those that already have frequent engagement will see increases in reach. So, the local restaurant I like on Facebook with only 100 other people won’t necessarily benefit from this update.Ideally this change will help clean out my already cluttered news feed and give those smaller businesses that already post great content a little push. Otherwise, businesses might start seeing the value of a smaller but more dedicated audience elsewhere. center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification selena larson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

first_imgHe went to a party at the Team USA house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they celebrated. Snyder said he later discovered a scratch on the back of it, though he added there has been no further damage.Snyder said he has until the end of the week to return his gold medal and has no idea when he’ll receive his replacement.“It wasn’t too big of a deal,” Snyder said. “But since they’re giving me a new one, it’s kind of cool.”Rio de Janeiro spent about $12 billion to organize the games, which were plagued by cost-cutting, poor attendance and reports of bribes and corruption linked to the building of some Olympic-related facilities.Nine months later, many of the venues are empty and have no tenants or income — with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government. In addition to the issues with the medals, which featured the Rio and Olympic logos, the local organizing committee still owes creditors about $30 millionGreg Massialas, a national coach for the U.S. fencing team in Rio, said in a message to AP that the silver medal his son, Alex, won is damage free. He added that he hasn’t heard about any issues with other American fencers.U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher and boxer Claressa Shields, along with men’s tennis bronze medalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, also reported that their gold medals are intact. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend This photo provided by Kevin Snyder show Kyle Snyder’s damaged gold metal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The medal will soon replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage. Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S. gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from around the world with defective Olympic medals. APMore than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis, are among at least 100 Olympians from across the globe with defective medals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is also among the group; she says her bronze medal is flaking and rusting, and USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged medals as well.The USOC learned about the problems in December and reached out to all the American sports federations in January to begin the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7 percent of the medals.“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s not uncommon for medals to be passed around at post-Games parties and handled by hundreds. But this amount of damage is unusual.Walsh Jennings, who won three golds in previous Olympics, says her medals tend to get beaten up because she doesn’t hesitate to let people touch them or try them on. But she won’t consider locking them up because people are inspired by them.“They’ve offered to replace them. I’m not sure if I want to swap it out,” Walsh-Jennings told The Associated Press, adding the reason was “100 percent sentimental.”USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said the organization reached out to its players and seven — three men and four women — reported they believe there is an issue with their medals.Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with the award the day after he won it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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