South African Airways (SAA) has been placed under business rescue.
Minister of public enterprises Pravin Gordhan, issued a statement in the early hours of Thursday (5 December) to confirm that SAA will be placed into business rescue immediately.
This decision was taken by its board, and supported by government.
In a statement the minister said: “This is the optimal mechanism to restore confidence in SAA and to safeguard the good assets of SAA and help to restructure and reposition the entity into one that is stronger, more sustainable and able to grow and attract an equity partner.”
He added that SAA’s reliance of government finances must be reduced as soon as possible. But government will give SAA an additional R2 billion “a fiscally neutral manner” to help keep the airline operational.
“It must be clear that this is not a bailout,” Gordhan added. “This is the provision of financial assistance in order to facilitate a radical restructure of the airline.”
The business rescue process will begin on December 5th. A business rescue practitioner will be chosen to take charge of the business.
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