What would you do with SAA if you were President?

What do you think the government should do with SAA?

  • Close it down

    Votes: 54 15.4%
  • Sell it to a private company and cut your losses

    Votes: 259 74.0%
  • Close SAA and let it emerge as a new government owned airline

    Votes: 8 2.3%
  • Save SAA through government funding

    Votes: 10 2.9%
  • Other (let us know what your plan is)

    Votes: 19 5.4%

  • Total voters
    350

Robinski

Active Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2005
Messages
38
Close it down. Sell off the assets. Return planes that are on hire lease. The government needs to recognize that it does not have the ability to run a profitable airline and keeping it afloat simply as a matter of national pride is actually a vivid demonstration of business incompetence. Ditto with Eskom.
 

My Dog Charlie

Active Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2020
Messages
30
Close it down and allow private enterprise take over. A new airline could run successfully if only the greed of the current government is brought to heel. Trim ACOSA running costs and lower operating tariffs to operators.
The percentage of a typical airfare Joburg-Durban is just about half to Airport Company Company. Yet another State Enterprise....!
 

geert.devries

New Member
Joined
Oct 29, 2007
Messages
6
Socialism prescribes that Gov runs SOEs. But Gov cannot even run a kindergarten tuckshop without losing track of the cookies and drinks. So get businesslike, abandon socialism, offer to sell SAA to a private company (are there any left after our and other economies have been murdered stone dead with lockdown after lockdown ?), throw in ACOSA as a sweetener, open the provincial and country borders to re-enable movement as another sweetener, and sit back to see whether there are any takers. If none come, try a garage sale.
 

WalkWithMe

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 10, 2016
Messages
507
There is no need for any state-owned airline anywhere. If people want to travel by air the demand will create the supply. For example BA is not British-government owned.
Lufthansa just got 9 billion euro bailout from the German government after 1.2 billion euro loss for the first quarter this year...
 

MoonshineSA

New Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2019
Messages
8
Give it to an enemy or a business competitor with instructions that all current business practices and all staff including managers etc., must stay in place until said staff choose to retire. No forced retirement because of age or incompetence.
 

The Light Green Hornet

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
338
There are good reasons for our junk status - there isn't one government department, SOE or municipality that isnt in serious debt. This includes SAA, Eischkom and the SABC. We are bleeding jobs due to the Corona virus - who in their sane mind would want to waste more billions on these ANC monuments to failure?
 

eg2505

Honorary Master
Joined
Mar 12, 2008
Messages
26,641
sell it, cut your losses and wash your hands with approved sanitizer of the mess that is SAA.

feel sorry for the people working there, as it isn't their fault it became the purse of some well connected ANC cadres.
 

RedViking

Nord of the South
Joined
Feb 23, 2012
Messages
43,258
If I was the president SAA is the last thing you'll worry about.
 
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