THE director-general in the Department of Public Enterprises, Portia Molefe, pictured, has declined to comment on her future after her resignation last week.
Her announcement has sparked speculation that she had been approached by the Ministry of Public Enterprises to take over South African Airways' vacant chief executive position.
The post has been vacant since Khaya Ngqula was fired in March. Molefe, who was appointed director-general in 2004, has remained tight-lipped about her future plans.
Yesterday her office said Molefe would not be taking up the lucrative post, which put an estimated 5,3million a year in Ngqula's pocket.
Department spokesperson Lulu Bam said: "I don't want to make this response a long-winded thing, so let me confirm that Molefe will not be taking up the chief executive position at SAA. She did not apply for it."
Molefe, who resigned on Friday last week, was due to "pursue other interests," her office said.
But industry speculation is that Molefe, who is married to Public Investment Corporation chief executive Brian Molefe, has been earmarked, with four other potential candidates for the SAA post.
Last month Business Times reported that Transport director-general Mpumi Mpofu was tipped to succeed Ngqula.
Other candidates being touted were Vodacom chairperson Oyama Mabandla, chief executive of SAA's feeder carrier SA Express, Siza Mzimela, and Airports Company of SA managing director Monhla Hlahla.