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Gunship
6th Apr 2005, 06:40
From Finance24 The separation of state-owned South African Airways (SAA) from its parent company Transnet should be completed by the end of the year, says Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin.

Erwin, who briefed members of the National Assembly public enterprises committee at parliament on Tuesday on his upcoming budget vote, told I-Net Bridge that budgeting and investment were more coherent "off a separate balance sheet".

This was much more logical and focused.

He said that revenue returns for SAA "are going to be very heavily influenced by dollar and euro earnings and with Transnet that is not the case".

Asked if there were non-core activities of SAA that it should not be involved in, Erwin said: "Not particularly. We will have a look at that.

"There may be some small things but basically SAA is reasonably coherent."

Asked by committee chairperson Yunus Carrim, an African National Congress MP, about the high costs of domestic flights on SAA compared to competitors as Kulula, he said: "This is the challenge that every airline in the world is facing."

"It is one we are very alive to at SAA. Very few airlines mix low cost with the normal (cost). They normally separate these investments out.

"Kulula could not provide the network of services that SAA provides. But we are looking at that."

However, he said clearly the African continent needed low cost airlines.

"It is an exciting challenge that we are grappling with both as the shareholder (government). I think SAA is doing well in terms of image. Its position as a stand-alone company will strengthen it, not weaken it."

In the industry, there were tough negotiations such as with the United Kingdom. "Our problem is that we can get frequent links with the UK but to what airport and what time."

Everyone wanted to get to Heathrow rather than to a secondary airport, he said.

"These are part of the tough negotiations that are taking place. We are strengthening the airline ... we keep trying to change the image of SAA as an African airline."

SAA was bringing back business and first class because in Africa there was a class that could afford those seats.

"We are definitely reversing a tendency to underplay business and first class that was there a few years ago," the minister said.

It had a modern fleet that was doing well.

"I think we can turn this around. The basic economics are in favour of SAA if it is managed well."

Edited by Fadia Salie



SortieIII
6th Apr 2005, 18:30
Eishh! Free.........Free at last!!!

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Apr 2005, 18:54
Bet they'll still find a way to keep the taxpayer on the hook to bail them out and pay for their mistakes.:( :mad:

Beta Light
9th Apr 2005, 15:05
SAA was bringing back business and first class because in Africa there was a class that could afford those seats

Yip, the FAT CATS with tax payers money!