August 2, 2021

South African Airways sells its wine, toothpicks, toilet paper …

The airline company South African Airways decided to auction anything she could find from non-essential in his accessories of flight, still hoping to take off again after receiving new public aid.

Faced with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to its chronic financial instability, the South African national company has decided to more or less imitate Thai Airways: an auction will be organized by WH Auctioneers from 23 to November 26, 2020, during which fans will be able to acquire hundreds of thousands of small souvenirs. According to the News24 site, some products are being auctioned “with particular haste because they are in excess of stock with expiration dates rapidly approaching”: alcohol (premium wine, gin, whiskey and brandy) and soft drinks are one of them. Are also for sale among others:

  • Toothpicks (540,000 available)
  • Oven bags (184,000 available)
  • Chopsticks (32,000 sets available)
  • Earplugs (8000 sets available)
  • Crew baggage
  • Raincoats
  • Paper (2-ply facial tissues, toilet paper, disposable and non-disposable paper towels, refreshment towels)
  • Plastic products (cutlery, dust bags)
  • Thousands of aluminum containers in a variety of colors
  • Toiletries (disinfectant spray, face and body wash, hand and body lotion, shampoo and conditioner from airline lounges)

Potential buyers will however have to pay a refundable deposit of 25,000 rand (1,366 euros) and provide official documents to register for the auction.

Recall that the government of South Africa granted the company at the end of October Star Alliance an envelope of 10.5 billion rand (549 million euros) to enable it to implement its plan of restructuring. South African Airways suspended operations from Johannesburg-OR Tambo airport at the end of September, except for repatriation and freight,

This new help ” aims not only to remedy the sins of the past, but also to create a blank page for a restructured airline, albeit smaller in the short to medium term, which could attract a strategic partner in equities », Explained this week Siviwe Dongwana, one of the administrators. ” It is common knowledge that no strategic equity partner wants to deal with the legacy issues of SAA such as debt. ».

In addition, payments to employees for severance pay, also included in the R10.5 billion ” are important because some are unlikely to find a job in the future “. As to passenger refunds whose tickets have not been stolen, ” this is not only important to these consumers, but it will go a long way in restoring the credibility of the airline and the government as a shareholder “, he added.

©South African Airways

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