Finance Minister  Malusi Gigaba and the National Treasury has agreed to give South African Airways a special appropriation of R10 billion by the end of September.

This is according to the Director General Dondo Mogajane. Mogajane told MPs this on Wednesday to their surprise.

“It will be for R10 billion. We have decided, because that will cover everything,” he said, during a briefing on the ailing airline’s latest quarterly results.

If MPs refuse to support the bill, Mogajane said they will have to look for a plan B.

Mogajane said nine lenders have agreed to roll over debt that would become due at the end of the month, while Citibank has agreed to roll over a portion of R1.761 billion the loss-making airline is due to repay by the 30th.

SAA relies on government guarantees of R20 billion, and needed government help in July to cover its debt. Treasury paid R2.2 billion to Standard Charter earlier this year, with money taken from government’s emergency fund.