SAA given brief reprieve on maturing debt

South Africa’s State-owned airline SAA has been given until the end of October to settle R5-billion of maturing debt to domestic lenders, although the relief may be extended a further two years, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said in a report to parliament on Friday. The debt had originally been due to be paid at the end of September. South African Airways (SAA) was last month provided with emergency state funds from the Treasury to repay R3-billion in loans from Citibank amid concerns the airline would default on its payments.