May 15, 2020 / 3:06 PM / 14 days ago

SAA has spent $539 mln since filing for bankruptcy protection- practitioners

CAPE TOWN, May 15 (Reuters) - South African Airways (SAA) has spent just under 10 billion rand ($539.94 million) since it entered business rescue, a form of bankruptcy protection, Business Rescue practitioners said on Friday.

The troubled national airline, which has not made a profit since 2011 and is dependent on government bailouts to remain solvent, entered business rescue in December in a last-ditch bid to save the company.

“In terms of the amount of money that has been utilized... by the airline from the fifth of December to the end of April we indicate that the total spend was 9.9 billion rand,” Siviwe Dongwana, a member of the business rescue practitioners’ team appointed to turnaround SAA told lawmakers on Friday. ($1 = 18.5207 rand) (Reporting by Wendell Roelf Writing by Nqobile Dludla Editing by Louise Heavens)

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