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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

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