Feb 7, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Comair employee fears he may struggle to take care of family

A 39-year-old soon-to-be-unemployed father of two worries he can no longer give his wife and two children the life they are used to.

The Gauteng-based customer service representative, who spoke to TimesLIVE on condition of anonymity, has been with the company for more than five years and said he never foresaw the company going into liquidation as it is a key player in the South American airline industry.

Comair, which grounded its flights on British Airways (domestic) and Kulula a week ago due to a funding crisis, has failed to raise the money it needs to get back on the air.

The company’s bailout practitioners said in a statement Thursday that they could not raise the funds needed to allow the company to continue operating.

For workers this was not di e news they were hoping for.

“I was very disappointed when I heard about the company’s impending liquidation on Thursday, but for the last week I’ve had a hunch that something like this was possible said the employee.

He immediately started updating his CV and applying for jobs, including in other countries like Qatar. He also applied for two local positions, one of which is in Cape Town.

However, he feels that his once bright future has taken a major hit.

“It has Impact I’m very worried about my monthly expenses like school fees and transportation for the kids.”

However, despite what seems like a bleak future, he’s trying to stay positive.

“I say to me, when one door closes, another opens.”

His family is very confused and has no idea how his unemployment will affect their standard of living.

“Mine Wife is very concerned while my children who are 15 and 11 don’t really understand what is happening,” he said.

Labour Lawyer and the Prosecutor’s Assistant Shadow Minister for Labor and Employment, Michael Bagraim said the pension funds of Comair employees were g eprotected.


“The pension fund is a separate entity,” he said.

“Pension funds have their own rules, but I haven’t seen a fund that doesn’t have one pays immediately upon dismissal or layoffs of employees.

“If this is not wanted, the judge of the pension funds would step in very quickly,” said Bagraim.

Additional reporting by Wendy Knowler

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