Our lives have ground to a halt: heartbroken SAA employees open up about being retrenched

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After SAA went into business rescue late last year, many routes were suspended. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
After SAA went into business rescue late last year, many routes were suspended. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

For 22 years she lived her dream, travelling the world for a job she loved so much it didn’t feel like work.

“It was more like a paid vacation,” Lerato* says. “I enjoyed going to all the different destinations, experi­­encing different cultures, cuisines and architectural styles that made each country unique.”

She was also the only breadwinner in her family, supporting her two children and her mom with the R15 000 take-home pay she earned as a flight attendant and safety officer with South African Airways.

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