An inforgraphic is doing the rounds on the internet claiming South African Airways (SAA) has 58 aircraft, 55,500 employees and 957 employees per aircraft.
Africa Check has looked into this and confirms the claims are all incorrect.
Africa Check deputy editor Kate Wilkison shares their findings.
We got in touch with their media relations head Tlali Tlai and, in his words, he said that the staff figure included in the infographic was excessively exaggerated.— Kate Wilkinson - Deputy editor - Africa Check
We then got in touch with a few more experts, one of them called the number a pernicious lie.— Kate Wilkinson - Deputy editor - Africa Check
Wilkinson SAA has not released an annual report for the past two years and so the updated figure is reflected in the airline's 2016/17 report.
We see that in 2016/2017 they only employed just over 10,000 people so it is nowhere close to the numbers that we are seeing in this infographic claiming that there is 55, 000 people employed at South African airways.— Kate Wilkinson - Deputy editor - Africa Check
It is nowhere close to the number that we have seen in this.— Kate Wilkinson - Deputy editor - Africa Check
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