Oh yes, and finally, this disgrace of an airline is being liquidated.
The SAA bid was thrown out. Simple. Reason: SAA inability to sell 10% of its shares to Nigerian investors as a reciprocity condition imposed by the Nigerian Government "in the spirit of NEPAD (African Cooperation agreement).
SAA's clear position position on this is that it is a Government-owned airline through Transnet and as such, cannot decide or modify its ownership structure before a decision on privatization. The Nigerians of course knew this but were desperate to find an excuse out of what was almost a done deal.
My own theory on this is that the Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo got frustrated at South Africans in general after he was insulted during a South African live radio talkshow (Someone called in to ask him if he smuggled some dope from Nigeria).
This, coupled with another theory of mine that Obasanjo was lured by Richard Branson's offer to set up a new national airline QUICKLY And this my friends will be confirmed tomorrow (check the Nigerian dailies tomorrow www.ngrguardiannews.com and www.thisdayonline.com) the Aviation Minister will be holding a press conference.
Don't hold your breath though because in Nigeria absolutely NOTHING is planned correctly yet alone implemented.
If there is a will, there is a way