Gwede Mantashe goes off script: Non-performing SAA must be sold

Gwede Mantashe goes off script: Non-performing SAA must be sold

- Gwede Mantashe has apparently broken ranks with the ANC and thinks SAA should be sold

- The national carrier is currently in the hands of business rescue practitioners

- Mantashe believes that SAA is not sustainable

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Mining and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has veered off course on ANC policy regarding SAA and believes that the beleaguered airline should be sold. learned that Mantashe appears to be losing his patience with state-owned enterprises, last week he wanted to rival for Eskom to be established, this week he wants SAA to be sold off.

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During the ANC's 108th birthday bash in Komga, Eastern Cape, Mantashe lashed out at SAA.

“As government, we have a duty to ensure that stateowned enterprises (SOEs) deliver on both the developmental and financial mandate. SOEs cannot expect to be bailed out over and over again. All the time they run to Tito Mboweni for money. They must generate a developmental mandate and sustain themselves.”
“The working class use buses and taxis. If the money we are using to subsidise SAA was used for the buses, taxis and trains, we would have a case. This thing of continuously pumping money into SAA – which services the elite, middle class and higher class – is a problem.”

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Using FlySafair as an example, Mantashe heaped praise on the carrier for its excellent record of arriving on time and that SAA would do well to copy that model according to

“Anyone who can manage to run it should take over. We even pay cheaper rates at FlySafair. That airline is much cheaper than SAA and it takes us to our destination on time. And FlySafair is always early – while SA Express cancels flights every day. If SAA and SA Express are not performing, they must be sold.”

SAA is currently under administration and the business rescue practitioners who are in charge of saving the carrier have cancelled all routes except between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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