Dudu Myeni Profile | Dudu Myeni Biography
Dudu Myeni whose full name is Duduzile Cynthia Myeni was born on 29th October 1963 in South Africa. She is a South African businesswoman, she is the chairperson of South African Airways, SOC Limited and the Executive Chairperson of the Jacob G Zuma Foundation.
In 1999 she founded a consulting firm, Skills Dynamics, which has facilitated a number of social development programmes on behalf of various Government Departments and major corporations in and around Richards Bay.
By 2015 she was a board member of the Jacob Zuma Foundation as well as vice-president of the African Water Association, Chairperson of the South African Association of Water Utilities and the Mhlathuze Water Board, Director of Trade and Investment Kwazulu-Natal. She also does consulting for various blue chip companies.
Dudu Myeni Education Background
She obtained her Primary Teachers Certificate from Madadeni College and her a Secondary Teachers Diploma from Umlazi College.
Dudu Myeni Qualifications
Myeni obtained her Primary Teachers Certificate from Madadeni College and her a Secondary Teachers Diploma from Umlazi College. In 2009 the SAA annual report listed a bachelor’s degree in administration from the University of Zululand among her qualifications. It was removed the following year after Myeni admitted she was “studying toward it” with two majors outstanding.
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Speaking in Parliament, she said her husband was just waiting to retire so that he could take on the EFF MPs who kept referring to her as “Dudu Myeni Zuma”.
Dudu Myeni Son
Thalente Myeni, the sole shareholder of Dimadox, a shelf company that has shares in New Africa Rail (NAR).
Dudu Myeni Salary
Dudu Myeni is reported to have landed a top job as adviser to Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. This comes only months after Myeni was removed as South Africa Airways board chairperson following a string of scandals.
The controversial appointment, which could see Myeni net more than R1 million a year, comes as government considers moving South African Airways from National Treasury to the Transport Department.
Maswanganyi confirmed that a national review was under way to move SAA to his department. He also defended the appointment of Myeni, who is a friend of President Jacob Zuma, saying she had been “highly recommended”, but would not say by who.
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Dudu Myeni Career
In 1999 she founded consulting firm Skills Dynamics which has facilitated a number of social development programmes on behalf of various Government Departments and major corporations in and around Richards Bay.
Dudu Myeni South African Airways
In 2009 she was appointed to South African Airway’s board of directors. In 2012 she was appointed chairperson of the board following the simultaneous resignation of eight of its fourteen board members including the company’s then chairperson Cheryl Carolus.
Dudu Myeni Controversy
In January 2014 six non-executive directors of the state owned South African Airways wrote to the then minister for Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, of their “major dissatisfaction” with Myeni’s leadership.
In March 2014 the new chief executive, Monwabisi Kalawe, accused Myeni of corruption after paying for documents that allegedly showed Myeni had foreign bank accounts worth €18.5-million. These documents were proven to be fake and lead to disciplinary proceedings against Kalawe.
In May 2014 Myeni accused Kalawe of serious governance breaches. An accusation Kalawe disputed prompting Gigaba to state his “full confidence” in Kalawe following Gigaba’s call for the state owned airline to fix it’s long troubled management problems. Gigaba went on to state that he would “deal with” Myeni for her dispute with Kalawe. Within a week of Gigaba’s statement he was shuffled by president Zuma to the Department of Home Affairs. Gigaba was replaced by Lynne Brown as minister for Public Enterprises. Upon Zuma’s request Brown replaced Myeni’s critics at the airline and keeping Myeni in her position whilst instructing Myeni to reinstate Kalawe as chief executive. An instruction that Myeni ignored.
Dudu Myeni Membership
- Board Member of the Jacob Zuma Foundation.
- Vice president of the African Water Association.
- Chairperson of the South African Association of Water Utilities and the Mhlathuze Water Board
- Director of Trade and Investment Kwazulu-Natal.
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No room for Dudu Myeni in Nzimande’s office
Cape Town – Transport Minister Blade Nzimande will not be appointing former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni as a special advisor, as his predecessor Joe Maswanganyi intended.
He said this in a written reply to a parliamentary question by DA MP Derrick America.
Last year the Sunday Times reported that Myeni would be a special advisor to Maswanganyi which would see her close to R1m. At the time, Sunday Times reported that SAA would be moved to the Department of Transport and Maswanganyi said he needed an aviation expert.
In Nzimande’s response, he said he had no intention to “retain” Myeni in his office. “The former Minister, Mr M J Maswanganyi, intended to appoint her as his Special Advisor reporting directly to him.
“However, the appointment was never finalised as the department had to request further information in relation to her academic qualifications for purpose of verification; which information was never submitted until the former minister was removed,” he said.
Nzimande explained that because Maswanganyi was removed Myeni’s appointment was not finalised as the terms of office would have been linked.
Under Myeni’s tenure at the national carrier, it suffered losses amounting to R10.5bn, according to the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse which then filed a court application at the North Gauteng High Court in March 2017 to have Myeni declared a delinquent director.
The new SAA board has been working to turn around the airline. The new turnaround strategy sees SAA breaking even by 2021. The airline reported a loss of R5.67bn for the financial year ended March 2017.
SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana told Fin24 on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Sydney this week that the airline was dealing with procurement and cost issues.
The airline needs a total of R21.7bn to fund its existing debt and to fund the working capital to get to breakeven, Jarana told Fin24.
“Either SAA must get a direct cash injection from our shareholder (government) or we have to find private sector partnering investment. We also have to bring the bank debt down and our plan deals with that, although it makes certain assumptions, for instance, about the oil price,” he said.