Carol Paton Editor at large

Pravin Gordhan and the department of public enterprises did a good job of pulling a fast one on the country last week when they “welcomed the commitment by National Treasury that government will support and source funding for a business rescue plan for SAA”.

News media around the country reported that SA would have a new airline and that the Treasury would fund it. Opposition political parties were outraged at the decision, coming so soon after the supplementary budget — in which SA’s financial mess was laid bare — and in which budgets across the board were slashed and no additional funding was allocated to SAA...

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