The department of public enterprises has stepped back from its position that SAA should be majority state-owned, and is now looking at the example of Telkom as a possible model for the airline. 

As recently as January, the ANC reaffirmed that the state must own 50% plus one of a restructured or new SAA. However, it said in a statement on Monday that it wanted to “maintain a certain level of presence in the ownership of the new carrier”. 

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