Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that South African Airways (SAA) will have to go through a radical restructuring process to ensure its financial and operational sustainability. But the unions say they were not consulted.

In a statement, Gordhan says there is no other way forward as the struggling airline can’t continue in its current form. He says the November strike by unions, Numsa and the South African Cabin Crew Association has caused immense damage to the reputation, operations, and the deterioration of the finances of SAA.

Gordhan, however, stresses that SAA remains open for business and has urged South Africans to support the airline in its efforts to restore sales confidence among and rebuild revenues in the shortest possible time.

SACCA reacts to SAA restructuring plan

Numsa could not be reached for comment, but the president of the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), Zazi Sibanyoni-Mugambi says the unions were not consulted.

For more read statement below:

‘Secure funds’ 
Minister Gordhan says there has been intense discussions with lenders to secure the necessary funds to cover a radical restructuring process at SAA over the next few month.