ShapeShifter, Evergreen Content

Meet Siza Mzimela, former SAA CEO and founder of start-up airline Fly Blue Crane

We employ 104 people. I’m proud of the fact that the majority of those are youthful females.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

SAA still has some of the best operational people around. They have, however, lost a lot of people on the executive level.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

I invested a lot of personal resources into this.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Siza Mzimela, founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Siza Mzimela’s start-up airline Fly Blue Crane took to the skies on 1 September 2015.

Siza Mzimela was the CEO of SAA from 2010 to 2012.

You have to accept upfront that your road will be more difficult than the pale white male sitting next to you.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

I think it’s the one industry where women are better suited than men.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

I first joined SAA in 1996. At the time I didn’t imagine I’d stay in aviation for so long!

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

My first job at SAA was as a route analyst.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

I left SAA because, all of a sudden, there was a misalignment... it was a fantastic, hardworking Board..

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

Any business requires stability.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

I have a lot of ex-SAA employees.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

We have two aircraft.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

We’re looking to build a bigger base out of Cape Town.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

We won’t be profitable in at least another year or two.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

I have absolutely no regrets, because everything was a lesson.

Siza Mzimela, Fly Blue Crane

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the seven most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Nowadays you don’t steal a million; you steal a billion! – Pravin Gordhan

Nowadays you don’t steal a million; you steal a billion! – Pravin Gordhan

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Wits School of Economics and Business Science Senior Lecturer Lumkile Mondi.

How retailers use tech (and why Foschini is partnering with start-ups)

How retailers use tech (and why Foschini is partnering with start-ups)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews The Foschini Group Chief Information Officer Brent Curry.

Ruda Landman (fearless former Carte Blanche anchor) opens up about money

Ruda Landman (fearless former Carte Blanche anchor) opens up about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Landman about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

12 mantras that Shaun Tomson (one of the greatest surfers ever) lives by

12 mantras that Shaun Tomson (one of the greatest surfers ever) lives by

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Tomson about his inspirational new book “The Code: The Power of ‘I Will’”.

3 best shares to buy right now (by Falcon Crest Asset Managers)

3 best shares to buy right now (by Falcon Crest Asset Managers)

Looking for stock picks? Bruce Whitfield interviews Falcon Crest Asset Managers Chief Investment Officer Farai Mapfinya.

'They find it difficult to work with black people' - George Sebulela (BBC)

'They find it difficult to work with black people' - George Sebulela (BBC)

The Black Business Council is quitting Business Unity South Africa, after 23 years of partnership and dialogue.

Popular articles
Ruda Landman (fearless former Carte Blanche anchor) opens up about money

Ruda Landman (fearless former Carte Blanche anchor) opens up about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Landman about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Steam rooms and saunas will be closed from Wednesday at Virgin Actives in CT

Steam rooms and saunas will be closed from Wednesday at Virgin Actives in CT

The gym will be imposing strict measures to save and use water wisely across the city.

Emergency doctor says Henri van Breda's injuries were superficial

Emergency doctor says Henri van Breda's injuries were superficial

The wounds sustained by axe murder Henri van Breda continue to be scrutinised in court as the State calls another medical expert.

How Beaufort-West survived its worst drought in history

How Beaufort-West survived its worst drought in history

In light of the current drought in Cape Town, Kieno Kammies finds out what measures were used in Beaufort-West.

'Red Tie Guy'  who captured the world's attention during an Obama speech dies

'Red Tie Guy' who captured the world's attention during an Obama speech dies

Stellenbosch University's Goldfields Residence confirmed the news of Mikhail Hendricks death in a social media post on Friday.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.