South African Airways Rescue Stalls as Banks Hang Back On Funds

The planned business rescue of South African Airways is in limbo because government attempts to raise 5.3 billion rand ($307 million) of immediate funding from commercial banks failed to elicit a response, a person familiar with the situation said, Bloomberg News reported. The administrators of the state-owned airline can’t hand over the business to management because it is insolvent, the person said. The banks were approached by representatives of the Department of Public Enterprises and the National Treasury, the person said, asking not to be identified as a public statement has not been made. SAA hasn’t made money since 2011 and has survived on government bailouts -- a situation Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has said is unsustainable. He has undertaken to try and “mobilize” 10.3 billion rand the airline needs to keep flying from private equity, pension funds or “strategic partners.” Read more