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SA Express sold to local consortium Fly-SAX for R50 million

The consortium has already paid R24.7 milion of the purchase price.

A general view of an SA Express plane. Picture: SA Express

Editor's Note: Eyewitness News initially reported that Fly-SAX is a Kenya charger airline. It is, in fact, a South African consortium. We apologise for the error, which has since been amended in the story below.

CAPE TOWN - A South African consortium called Fly-SAX is buying SA Express for R50 million, Parliament has been told on Wednesday.

The consortium has already paid R24.7 million of the purchase price.

SA Express has been in provisional liquidation since April 2020.

READ: SA Express on the verge of being sold to private buyer - public enterprises dept

One of the provisional liquidators of SA Express, Aviwe Ndyamara, has been briefing Parliament’s select committee on public enterprises and communication.

He said Fly-SAX emerged as the preferred bidder for the state-owned airline.

“The sales process has been engaged and concluded. The preferred bidder is Fly-SAX, with a purchase price of R50 million. We have received to date about R24 million, and the outstanding balance still payable is in the amount of no less than R26 million.”

Ndyamara said SA Express’s creditors were owed a total of R980 million. It owes the SA Revenue Service R150 million and about R183 million to workers.

This is made up of R81 million in severance packages, leave pay of R43 million and R59 million in outstanding salaries.

READ: Desperate SA Express staff turn to Parly for financial compensation

“The employees are paid by way of preference, they do enjoy a special preference in terms of insolvency law, but they are only paid once preferred creditors have been settled. At this stage, it is unclear if there will be a residue for payment of the employee claims,” Ndyamara added.

SA Express is the first state-owned entity to be placed in provisional liquidation.

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