JOHANNESBURG - SAA said it was resuming some flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls starting on Thursday, after earlier restarting flights to six other African cities and destinations outside Africa.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said workers could be at risk of not being paid this month.
The strike is into its sixth day.
A mediator has been brought in and negotiations began on Wednesday afternoon.
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) called the strike last week after SAA refused their demand for an 8 percent salary hike.
The airline said it planned to cut almost 20 percent of employees.
Gordhan said he is committed to saving SAA, but the government cannot offer more financial help.
Numsa said there would be "no surrender".
- Additional reporting Reuters