South African Airways: cabin crew recruitment is scam

JOHANNESBURG, 2015-7-8 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways (SAA) would like to warn members of the public of a recruitment scam inviting interested parties to apply for enrolment to be trained as cabin crew staff with the airline.

“We have taken note of a communication that is circulating on social media and distributed on other channels suggesting SAA was looking for 500 candidates with matric qualification to be trained as cabin crew. We distance ourselves from that communication which is misleading the public and has a potential to create confusion among SAA employees,” said SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali. “The reality is, SAA has put an employment freeze in place as the airline is currently undergoing headcount rationalisation to bring the number of staff in its employ to sustainable levels in an effort to make the company financially sustainable,” added Tlali.

SAA would like to urge members of the public to take caution, protect their personal details and cross check or verify information with the company before they decide to submit their applications. “The communication in question bears all the hallmarks of a scam and seems to be preying on unsuspecting youth. We never insist that applications must be sent through personal emails and the company does not use domain for email communication purposes,” explained Tlali.

SAA advertises all recruitment vacancies, as well as recruitment campaigns for Youth Development Programmes, on our web- site: When candidates apply for any vacancy via the flysaa.pnet portal they have to upload a copy of their CV, ID and qualifications.  No registration or application fee is applicable nor requested when applying for any of our vacancies. In addition, it is also free of charge to register on flysaa.pnet.

The airline is collaborating with the external law enforcement agencies to trace the origins of the recruitment scam and those behind it. To those who have already submitted their personal information, SAA recommends that they report the matter to the local police without delay.

SAA Official Channels of Communication:

General Enquiries: +27 11 978-1111

SAA communication platforms are regularly updated and carry all official company messages and position statements. None of the official platforms reflect this cabin crew recruitment drive as it is a scam which the public is urged to ignore.


About South African Airways (SAA)
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the ‘Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for thirteen consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on – time airlines.

Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs

For media information, please contact:
SAA Spokesperson
Tlali Tlali
Mobile:+27 82 333 3880
Office: +27 11 978 2298