Hi LuganoPirate, avoid SAA at all cost! As one of the posters has already pointed out you are never sure if you get the old Lufthansa Airbus which they use on this route. I am surprised someone says they are more motivated, the whole business is a shambles and it is reflected from the aircraft right to the top. I travel this route regularly and in economy there is little to differentiate between the two airlines. Pricing is similar albeit an expensive route! I think VK mentioned going through Europe as an alternative. Depending where they live this can certainly be an option and save a few pennies.