Only a DL supporter would say something like that. SA can hold it's own in Ghana even with their present situation which is far better than what DL went and is still going through.
Actually, the situation is quite the opposite. SA's current management has risen to its highest level of incompetency, and can't really progress any further without some fresh ideas, and new managers. DL collected several years of passenger data at SA's expense (basically handed to them on a silver platter) during the years SA operated out of ATL in marketing partnership with DL. DL easily recognized SA's incompetence and grabbed the first opportunity they could, given their finances at the time, to start their own operation, capitalizing on their domestic feed, and SA's inability to negotiate its way out of a paper bag.
SA is moving the transit stop from DKR to ACC because their JFK-JNB service isn't performing up to expectations. SA must rely almost entirely on the JFK O&D market, because SA's current marketing partner (UA) lacks any significant feed to/from JFK. Almost all North American traffic is routed over IAD, which has much better feed.
Second, despite large numbers of Senegalese living in the New York Area, there has never been enough traffic to justify daily service between JFK and DKR, even if it is only to "top-off" the JFK-JNB loads. Plus, there is virtually no local traffic at all between DKR and JNB. SA can't fill the flight all the way to JNB, and when they fill it just to DKR, they can't fill the empty seat between DKR and JNB. Not a very profitable way to operate a route if you ask me.
Third, DL has siphoned off quite a bit of business from SA, due to the strength of their presence in the NY area, their corporate and leisure marketing, and their frequent flyer brand loyalty.
The truth is SA continues to hemorrhage cash at an alarming rate, and Khaya continues to fiddle while Rome burns. SA is grasping at straws, because they currently lack the leadership to do much of anything else.
[Edited 2007-09-20 10:52:49]
It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.