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.

Read More
Treasury says Fica Bill objections are not based on legal opinion

Treasury says Fica Bill objections are not based on legal opinion

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Treasury’s Ismail Momoniat and Banking Association South Africa’s Cas Coovadia.

Why the SA Institute of Race Relations accepted funding from Coca-Cola

Why the SA Institute of Race Relations accepted funding from Coca-Cola

The institute's Gwen Ngwenya explains why it took money from Coca-Cola to fund research on taxing beverages containing sugar.

The world in 10 years' time

The world in 10 years' time

The six megatrends the World Economic Forum believes will happen in the next decade.

9 most dangerous words in the English language at this time of year

9 most dangerous words in the English language at this time of year

Many people are uttering these nine words around this time of year. Come January they’ll be sorry, but it’ll be too late.

Eskom seems against its own (wildly successful) green energy programme

Eskom seems against its own (wildly successful) green energy programme

Why is Eskom, seemingly, sabotaging the world’s fastest-growing green energy programme?

How to build an African art portfolio (that'll grow in value)

How to build an African art portfolio (that'll grow in value)

Walker Scott Art Advisory’s Dr Fred Scott gives advice on building a high growth African art portfolio.