There have been eight CEOs and at least nine turnaround plans‚ said Louw's foundation. Total government support for SAA now totals R46bn‚ while the last time it made a profit was 2012.
"Jarana has a very heavy responsibility to shoulder – and if he is serious about his task‚ he should publically accept this solemn wager. Not to do so‚ would show a lack of conviction and faith in his and SAA Board’s ability to fix SAA."
Jarana was appointed to the post in November last year‚ joining SAA from Vodacom after an extensive career in telecoms. His office will be contacted for comment on the challenge.