Private Consortium Takes Ownership of South Africa Airline with 51% stake

South Africa’s government announced on Friday that South African Airways will now be 51% owned by a private consortium. 

Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan disclosed this on Friday at a virtual press conference saying “…having evaluated the current environment, the government has agreed to the (strategic equity partner) owning of 51 percent of the shareholding and government 49 percent.”

The consortium includes Harith General Partners, an investor in African infrastructure and airports, and airline management firm Global Airways, an aircraft leasing firm that recently launched local budget airline LIFT.

Gordhan said “with this partnership, we believe we are closer to achieving the important objective of having a sustainable national airline,”

The new SAA will not be dependent on the government.

SAA, one of the continent’s largest airlines, was placed under a state-approved rescue plan in December 2019 in an effort to save it from collapse.

The carrier, Africa’s second-largest after Ethiopian Airlines, had not posted a profit since 2011 and survived for years on state bailouts.

A symbol of the mismanagement of state-owned enterprises that characterised ex-president Jacob Zuma’s reign, the airline was forced to abandon many routes even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The consortium, whose name Takatso translates to “aspire” in Sesotho, will initially inject 3.5 billion rand ($255 million; 211 million euro) into the airline.

“The partnership represents a robust, exciting South African-bred solution,” said the consortium chair Tshepo Mahloele, who is the founder of Harith, which owns Lanseria airport in northern Johannesburg.

Takatso CEO and co-founder of LIFT Gidon Novick expressed confidence that SAA would turn into an efficient and innovative airline that could catalyst for the growth of the country’s economy.

He said “we believe it is the best time,” “Airline models around the world are being challenged… We have the capital and financial insights of Harith.”

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