South Africa Union Files Court Case to Force SAA Rescue

JOHANNESBURG – A South African union filed a case on Thursday asking a court to subject the distressed state-owned airline SAA to a business rescue, with the aim of restoring it to profitability.

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The logo of South African Airways (SAA) is seen on an aircraft at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Solidarity, which mostly represents white, Afrikaans-speaking employees, said it would “mean that the court can appoint a business rescue practitioner with comprehensive powers to rescue the airline”.

A crippling six-day strike in the past week has pushed South African Airways to the brink of financial collapse.

Such a rescue would hand over control to a busi­ness res­cue prac­ti­tioner who then tries to restore the com­pany in order to avoid liquidation.

(Reporting by Tim Cocks; Editing by Toby Chopra)