South African Airways: recruitment scam inviting young people to apply for cabin crew training programme

JOHANNESBURG, 2016-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways (SAA) would like to warn members of the public of the re-emergence of a recruitment scam inviting young people to apply for cabin crew training programme. This appears to be yet another attempt by criminals to prey on unsuspecting members of the public.

“There is neither recruitment nor training programmes for cabin crew positions at SAA at the moment. We urge the public to exercise caution and take additional measures to satisfy themselves about the authenticity of vacancies before responding to invitations to submit applications for possible employment. This may be an inconvenient, yet necessary step to take,” warned SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali.

“The scam seems to be targeted at young people of school-leaving age, notably those who may be finishing their matric and are on the lookout for employment opportunities. SAA has placed a moratorium on employing additional personnel. This is part of the airline’s efforts to manage its costs. Even if recruitment were to take place, the procedures we follow are different from those set out in this misleading scam,” added Tlali.

The invitation to apply which has been circulated on various platforms and channels, including social media, bears all the hallmarks of a scam. “SAA will never insist that applications must be sent through personal emails and the airline does not use domain for email communication purposes. In addition, we do not receive applications/CVs by email from the applicants,” explained Tlali.

SAA would like to remind the public that the airline uses an online recruitment system which requires applicants to register first. This process enables applicants to upload their CVs and other required supporting documents. Registration can be made through SAA’s website

“No registration or application fee is applicable nor requested when applying for any of our vacancies. Those who have already submitted their personal information to the bogus site, we recommend that they report the matter to the local police without delay,” concluded Tlali.

SAA Official Channels of Communication:

General Enquiries: +27 11 978-1000

SAA communication platforms are regularly updated and carry all official company information and position statements. None of the official platforms reflect the cabin crew recruitment drive with training commencing in December 2016.


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 14 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 (Mr)
Mobile: +27 82 333 3880
Office: +27 11 978 2298