A report in the SA Times of 6 September 2013 confirms that African Airways (SAA) is once again in a state of severe crisis. Thousands of passengers narrowly missed having their flights grounded this month when government stepped in to provide the national carrier with an emergency short-term loan to cover fuel costs for local and international flights.
S. African Airways have been going through a crisis since 2012. At the conference in South Africa, which was the meeting of 17 representatives of the biggest airlines in Africa, the participant representing S.AA stated that a repair strategy aimed at regaining the S.AA position in African and international market would be dependent on a new president, who would be chosen in the beginning of 2014. S.AA management board offered the president chair in the crisis to Barthe Cortes, the owner of private airlines -BVC- which offered air freight services, and to Thaddius Naikunie, the former CEO of East Kenya Airlines.