So in the end it was a little more than 100 people at the ANC’s national lekgotla who decided that the rest of us must put another R10bn-R20bn into SAA.

There are many dimensions to the national airline story and a precipitous collapse would not be a good thing. But how it will be restructured, what it will cost, the extent to which it is downscaled, and the potential for its ultimate disposal — which must surely be the end game — is essential information that must inform decision-making...

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