SAA has enough cash to pay January wages

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South African Airways (SAA) has saved enough cash to pay January salaries, specialists appointed to try to turn around the struggling airline said on Friday.

State-owned SAA is fighting for its survival after it entered a form of bankruptcy protection last month and cancelled some flights this week because of cash shortages.

“The business rescue practitioners and management have taken various actions to ensure that cash is conserved. As a result we have sufficient funds to pay January salaries,” business rescue specialists Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana said in a statement.

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SAA says it’s doing everything possible to avoid further deterioration of its financial position. The airline has cancelled at least 30 domestic flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and 10 return flights to the city of Munich in Germany.

Matuson and Dongwana were promised R4 billion of funding from lenders and the government to sustain rescue efforts for SAA but only received the R2 billion from lenders.

Government officials are holding urgent meetings, trying to find a way to raise the promised funding for SAA quickly without exacerbating the country’s budget deficit.