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SAA has many problems ranging from a bloated workforce to corruption to massive debts. If this was a private airline it would have been involuntarily liquidated and shut down long ago. The amount of problems it has does not have a single silver bullet to fix it. Replacing all the staff with a competent streamlined workforce is only 1 thing needed that unions would never allow. This still does not fix the huge debt problems and does not make the airline profitable overnight. Instead of trying to polish a turd, it should be ditched as fast as possible.
The South African government has no place running an airline when it fails to run a country. So many South Africans would be a lot better off if the close to R40 billion in bailouts had been used on infrastructure, education, health and aiding the poor communities.
So far all I have learned is that the politicians are only driven by personal gain and ensuring that they remain popular. Very few seek to improve the country and this is evidenced by our circus of a parliament.