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Draft Amendments to Civil Aviation Regulations Drawn Up

September 8, 2020

Department of Transport

Comment is sought on draft amendments to the Civil Aviation Regulations.

The transport department published the call for comment in Government Gazette 43687.

The draft amendments were drawn up in terms of the Civil Aviation Act.

Parts to be amended include Part 1 (Definitions & Abbreviations relating to Part 139); Part 11 (Procedure for making Regulations & Technical Standards); Part 67 (Medical Certification); Part 111 (Aviation Security); Part 139 (Aerodromes & Heliports) and Part 187 (Fees & Charges relating to Part 139).

Amendments are also proposed to the Technical Standards.

Parts to be amended include SA CATS 67 (Medical Certification) and SA CATS 139 (Aerodromes & Heliports).

Comment on the draft amendments is invited until 4 October 2020.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, declared that the department remains “firmly on a path towards building a Passenger Rail Agency that has the requisite capacity and leadership to deliver on its mandate”.

The statement referred to the recent Cape High Court judgement relating to the appointment of the Passenger Rail Agency (PRASA) administrator.

“On 25 August 2020, the Cape High Court handed down judgment on the matter brought before it by Unite Behind, pertaining to the appointment of Mr Bongisizwe Mpondo as the acting Group Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Authority of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).”

The minister confirmed that there are no plans to appeal the judgement and the department is set on bringing about stability in PRASA operations.

“Challenges still loom large and much work still needs to be done in addressing pervasive challenges relating to security, theft and vandalism of critical assets and infrastructure as well as sheer criminality that continues to undermine provision of reliable commuter rail service”, he said.

Inter alia, the court ordered that the appointment process of the Board must be completed within 60 days of the court order, national treasury to appoint another functionary of another entity to serve as an Accounting Authority of PRASA pending the appointment of a Board and treasury to make such an appointment within 7 calendar days from the date of the order.

Subsequently, treasury appointed Badisa Matshego as the Accounting Authority of PRASA in compliance with the court order effective as of 1 September 2020.

Plans on security and speeding up the modernization programme at PRASA will be announced soon.