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Aviation News

Iata urges African States to cooperate with it to develop regional aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted the benefits to Africa brought by cooperation between it and the Governments across the continent. The aim was to facilitate air connectivity across Africa that was efficient, safe and sustainable. In turn, this would ensure the... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express will introduce a new route between Johannesburg, in Gauteng, and Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, from December 10. The airline will initially operate a daily flight from OR Tambo International Airport with the intention of increasing frequency... 

SA Express adds Jhb to Mthatha route to offering

Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities 

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2018 Imperial Logistics aims to earn close to 80% of its revenue from outside South Africa, compared with the current 68%, says CEO designate Mohammed Akoojee. Akoojee will officially take over from current CEO Marius Swanepoel in the first half of 2019. 

 Imperial Logistics targets growth outside SA, adding global freight management capabilities
Mohammed Akoojee

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space announced in Australia on Monday that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of a Zephyr S flying in the stratosphere

ACSA appoints interim CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th November 2018 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Bongiwe Mbomvu acting CEO, while the company is in the process of recruiting a permanent successor to outgoing CEO Bongani Maseko, who is stepping down on November 30. Under Maseko’s leadership, the King Shaka International Airport, in Durban,... 

ACSA appoints interim CEO
ACSA acting CEO Bongiwe Mbomvu

'Gigaba lied to Parliament over SAA financials', commission hears

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 While director-general at the department of public enterprises, former Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, tried to persuade South African Airways to support the now defunct The New Age (TNA) newspaper after the national carrier's bid adjudication committee turned it down, former SAA board chairperson... 

SAA needs R7.5bn in working capital from next month  

By: Reuters     27th November 2018 Cash-strapped State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will need R7.5-billion from next month to fund day-to-day operations into 2019, a presentation by the airline showed on Tuesday. SAA, which has not generated a profit since 2011, survives on State guarantees and is regularly cited by... 

SAA needs R7.5bn in working capital from next month

Global airline body calls on African Governments to cooperate with it

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted the benefits to Africa brought by cooperation between it and the Governments across the continent. The aim was to facilitate air connectivity across Africa that is efficient, safe and sustainable. In turn, this would ensure the... 

Ethiopian Airlines steps up hunt for African connections

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 Ethiopian Airlines is accelerating its strategy of weaving a patchwork of new African routes to soak up traffic on the continent and fly customers towards its more lucrative flights to rapidly expanding Asian markets. With a long-delayed African "open skies" revolution still mired in red tape,... 

Solid relations between India and South Africa good for bilateral trade and investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2018 South Africa and Indian already have a solid framework for strong relations, not least in the areas of trade and investment, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (Ms) Ruchira Kamboj tells "Engineering News". "India and South Africa are old friends  and historical partners," she highlights.... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

New terminal at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport the pride of Ghana

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) MD John Attafuah is an animated man to whom words come freely, quickly and eloquently. But even he has to pause and gasp for a few seconds though, as he describes the impact the new Terminal 3 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport has had on Ghanaians. The... 

Aerospace technology could help uplift Africa in many sectors, Airbus claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2018 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus has affirmed that aerospace technologies can play a key role in dealing with many of the socioeconomic challenges confronting Africa. It did so in a report, which it called a White Paper, that was released at the end of last month. at a special event in... 

Strong relationship bodes well for boosting India/South Africa trade and investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th November 2018 South Africa and India already have a solid framework for strong relations, not least in the areas of trade and investment, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (Ms) Ruchira Kamboj tells Engineering News Online. "India and South Africa are old friends and historical partners," she highlights.... 

SAA welcomes government’s support

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has assured its stakeholders, customers and suppliers of its business continuity after government confirmed that the airline will not be shut down or sold. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan last week clarified government’s position that, while the airline... 

SAA welcomes government’s support

Drones revolutionising Gauteng’s management of infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Zuma to Gordhan: 'Can we do what Dudu wants?'

By: News24Wire      8th November 2018 Former president Jacob Zuma called Pravin Gordhan, then finance minister, in 2015 to try and convince him to agree to an enormously expensive deal with airplane manufacturer Airbus because his close friend Dudu Myeni wanted it. In his 68-page sworn statement delivered to the judicial commission... 

Ramaphosa says shutting SAA could collapse public finances

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that closing down struggling State-owned South African Airways (SAA) could collapse the country's public finances as the government would have to service its debts immediately. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said last week that his preference would be to... 

Ramaphosa says shutting SAA could collapse public finances

DPE says State airline should prepare for equity partner 

By: Reuters     5th November 2018 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Sunday that struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) should reduce its cost base and prepare for a strategic equity partner in the near future. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had said on Thursday that SAA, which has not generated a profit... 

DPE says State airline should prepare for equity partner

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet  

1st November 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet last month officially launched and welcomed the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. Simone Liedtke reports. 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet
ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet

Oppenheimers defend private terminal at Joburg airport 

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 The Oppenheimer family on Tuesday fiercely defended their operation of a private terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at a meeting with MPs fraught with tension and disruption.  The briefing to Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee was at one stage disrupted by... 

Oppenheimers defend private terminal at Joburg airport
Nicky Oppenheimer

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo

SA Express on track to relaunch Cape Town base by January 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 State-owned airline SA Express is charting a new path, since having returned to the skies in August, which is evidenced in the way it has managed to stabilise the business and maintain its operational performance in the past two months. To date, eight of its 18 aircraft have been recertified to... 

British Airways starts new Heathrow - Joburg services

By: African News Agency      29th October 2018 British Airways has started four new weekly services between London and Johannesburg, increasing the number of direct flights between the cities to 18 a week.  The British Airways' London-Johannesburg service started on Sunday and comes as the airline also opens a new route from London to Durban... 

Mboweni doubts SAA will find equity partner in current state 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that he doubted that the government would find an investor to take an equity stake in struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) in its current financial state. "I doubt you are going to find an equity partner who will come into SAA in this... 

Aviation safety depends on recruiting the right people

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th October 2018 The maintenance of aviation safety depends upon people, Namibian Prime Minister's Office Cabinet Secretary Dr George Simataa told the AVI Afrique Innovation Summit 2018 in Pretoria on Wednesday. "People are the most important assets in your organisations," he stressed. "People, and not technology... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) will receive R5-billion through a special appropriation Bill to settle debt redeeming between now and March 2019. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which was released by the National Treasury on Wednesday, stated that the funds would help to... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms 

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for a reconfiguration of South Africa’s debt-laden State-owned companies (SoCs) and has appealed to stakeholders to adopt an open-mind with regard to the form such restructuring could take, particularly in the cases of Eskom and South African Airways... 

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet will, on October 25, officially launch and welcome the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. The aircraft, which was developed by Swiss original-equipment manufacturer Pilatus, is the first of its type... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

Messe München South Africa acquires Air Cargo India, Air Cargo Africa exhibitions

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 International exhibition organiser Messe München has bought the Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa exhibitions from Indian publishing house Stat Trade Times. Air Cargo Africa is the largest air cargo trade fair in Africa, attracting over 80 exhibitors and 2 000 visitors from across the continent.  

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet on Monday welcomed the first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft in Africa to its premises at Lanseria International Airport, in Johannesburg. ExecuJet, which held a photo opportunity on Monday, is the first business aviation company in Africa to operate and manage a Pilatus... 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet
Aviation company ExecuJet on Monday welcomed the first Pilatus PC-24 in Africa, to its premises based at Lanseria International Airport, in Johannesburg. Simone Liedtke reports. Video filming and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 South African Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande reaffirmed on Friday the country’s commitment to the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on liberalising air transport across Africa. He did so in a speech to the 48th annual general meeting of the Airlines Association of Southern... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Blade Nzimande

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has forecast that airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region will suffer total losses of $300-million for this year. This would be in sharp contrast to the expected total profit of $33.8-billion for the global airline... 

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 airliner of Airlink, one of AASA’s member airlines

Sierra Leone axes plan to build Chinese-funded airport

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Sierra Leone's government has terminated a $400-million scheme to build a new airport with Chinese labour and loans, according to a letter written last week by the country's minister of transport and aviation, reviewed by Reuters. The plan – one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have... 

Tellumat optimistic aerial surveillance system will fill gap in market

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The Astus unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) system is a tactical surveillance platform with a line-of-sight range of 200 km, an endurance of 8-hours, and is a medium-sized UAS weighing under 100 kg. This makes it suitable for addressing a gap in the market for real-time tactical surveillance... 

ACSA reports fall in earnings in line with lower aeronautical charges

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported recently that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it was... 

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