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South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     Updated 14 minutes ago South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 4 hours ago Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Uganda reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the 27th African Aviation... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana is of the opinion that placing the airline under business rescue would not lead to a radically different recovery plan for the deeply indebted and heavy loss-making national carrier. He was answering a question from FlightComm editor and aviation... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

SKA to cost South African airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the... 

Africa offers great opportunities for business aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 There are significant growth opportunities for business and charter aviation in Africa. Already, there are 481 registered private jets in Africa and the continent's year-on-year business aviation growth is 44%. So highlighted ExecuJet Aviation Group GM: Flight Operations Philip du Preez at the... 

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

By: African News Agency      16th May 2018 A briefing by South African Airways (SAA) to Parliament's finance committee was called off on Wednesday after MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) clashed on whether the meeting should be closed to the public. Acting finance committee chairperson... 

 SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

Solidarity union to continue with SAA business rescue plan despite latest bailout 

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The Solidarity trade union will continue with its court application to place State-owned flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue, despite another government bailout for the airline, the union announced on Friday. This follows a statement on Thursday by SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana... 

Solidarity union to continue with SAA business rescue plan despite latest bailout
Photo by SAA
An Airbus A340-600 wide-body airliner

SAA to get R5bn capital injection after plea for cash – CEO

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 South Africa has promised another R5-billion ($400-million) capital injection to help its struggling state airline meet urgent financial obligations, the CEO of South African Airways (SAA) said on Thursday. SAA has not generated a profit since 2011 and has already received State guarantees... 

Union urges Parliament to debate SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday petitioned Parliament to hold a debate in the House of Assembly on the State-owned flag-carrier airline, South African Airways (SAA). The union also urged the Government to support Solidarity’s application to place the airline under business rescue and to stop... 

Union urges Parliament to debate SAA

SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat – treasury official 

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 State carrier SAA requires a R5-billion cash injection in the current financial year to help it meet its financial obligations, a senior treasury official said on Tuesday. National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane told parliament the cash injection could however not come from government,... 

SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat – treasury official

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier
Photo by Dube TradePort
An aerial view of King Shaka International Airport

Airbus commissions Imperial Logistics to procure, supply tools

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Aeronautics company Airbus has hired logistics service provider Imperial Logistics to procure and distribute metal cutting tools such as milling cutters, drills and countersinks for its German production facilities.  

Airbus commissions Imperial Logistics to procure, supply tools

Demand for air travel remains strong – Iata

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Global passenger traffic results for March show that demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), rose by 9.5% year-on-year, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday.  

Demand for air travel remains strong – Iata
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Unions at odds over SAA business rescue

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes that business rescue is the only way that jobs can be saved at embattled State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the company put back on a sustainable footing. This was made clear at the media briefing at the union's head office on... 

South African Airways says it needs capital injection 'now' 

By: Reuters     24th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) needs a new capital injection "now" to stay afloat and is in discussions with banks and the National Treasury for "an open credit line", its chief executive said on Tuesday. State-owned SAA, which has not generated a profit since 2011, is regularly cited by ratings... 

South African Airways says it needs capital injection 'now'

South African air traffic controller elected VP of global ATC representative body

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd April 2018 Air Traffic and Navigation Services, the State-owned company that is responsible for South Africa’s air traffic management, announced on Sunday that its Area Radar Controller at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Peter van Rooyen, had been elected Executive VP of the International... 

Future growth of African aviation to depend on cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (IATA) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

SAA awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both business and economy class, for a sixteenth consecutive year.  

SAA awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year
South African Airways' A330-300 airbus

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

State-owned model leaves commercial airlines struggling to compete

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 South Africa has missed out on opportunities in key air travel markets, owing to its reliance on a dominant national carrier and State-owned airports, an executive of privately-owned Lanseria International Airport, north of Johannesburg, said on Thursday. Lanseria operations deputy executive... 

SAA fills critical skills gap with key appointments

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has announced key appointments to fill the critical skills gap at the airline as it forges ahead with implementing a turnaround plan. Pumla Luhabe was appointed chief commercial officer, Bob Head CFO, Hendus Venter CIO, Mpati Amelia acting chief legal officer and... 

Trade union Solidarity believes business rescue essential to save SAA; other unions strongly disagree

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes that business rescue is the only way that jobs can be saved at embattled State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the company put back on a sustainable footing. This was made clear at the media briefing at the union's head office on... 

Trade union Solidarity believes business rescue essential to save SAA; other unions strongly disagree

Zimbabwe government buys Boeing planes, leases them to new airline

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Zimbabwe has bought two Boeing 777 aircraft and an Embraer plane from Malaysia, the finance minister said on Wednesday, adding the planes would be leased to a new local airline until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returned to profitability. Patrick Chinamasa said Harare had agreed with an... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during this month so far. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion. The first... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders
Photo by Bloomberg
A Boeing 777 (in airliner configuration)

International airline body calls for greater cooperation within Africa regarding aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (Iata) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

ATNS offers air traffic management bursaries to matriculants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is offering bursaries to individuals who have completed their matric studies, to study towards a career in air traffic management.  

Trade union to seek to put SAA into business rescue

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity announced on Sunday that it was to start court proceedings to place State-owned and financially very troubled national carrier South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue. In an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Public... 

Trade union to seek to put SAA into business rescue

Airport business model under threat globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a boom... 

Iata reports strong global passenger demand for February

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Global passenger traffic results for February showed a rebound in traffic growth, following the slower demand experienced in January, which was owing to temporary factors such as the later timing of the Lunar New Year. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday that... 

Next-generation Boeing jets to lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

Oversight structure set up to monitor implementation of SAA’s latest turnaround plan

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2018 A formal oversight structure, involving the National Treasury, as well as executive and nonexecutive directors from South African Airways (SAA), has been established to monitor the implementation of a “revalidated” turnaround strategy at the lossmaking and heavily indebted national carrier.... 

Oversight structure set up to monitor implementation of SAA’s latest turnaround plan
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana

SCA dismisses Gigaba's appeal against Oppenheimers' VIP terminal 

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's bid to overturn his own decision to let Fireblade Aviation Oppenheimer operate a private VIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. "The minister cannot rely on his own unlawful... 

SCA dismisses Gigaba's appeal against Oppenheimers' VIP terminal
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba
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