South Africa mulls merger of three State-owned airlines


South Africa’s government is considering merging its three state-owned airlines into one entity, and offering a 25% stake of the holding company to a private equity partner, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday.

The loss-making South African Airways, its low-cost arm Mango and SAA Express, which services smaller towns, are struggling to remain profitable amid increased competition and rising operational costs.

“I believe the answer to all of it lies in how we rationalise the three companies and how we bring in a 25% shareholder to help us with both management as well as on finances,” Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told a parliamentary committee.


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