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National Civil Aviation Policy on Track

April 25, 2022

Department of Transport

The Draft Comprehensive National Civil Aviation Policy is on track.

The deputy minister of transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, highlighted this during an address at the 2022 National Aviation Conference.

The deputy minister added that the transport department is currently wrapping up work on the socio-economic impact analysis on the proposed policy.

This will allow the draft policy to be tabled in cabinet for approval.

The White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy was published in 2017.

The department called for comment on the White Paper in 2015.

The White Paper serves to guide the department’s future actions in terms of the civil aviation sector.

The goals, objectives and deliverables contained in the White Paper will be translated into an implementation plan.

Some of the issues included in the White Paper are context, vision and objectives, international obligations and overall institutional roles, airspace, civil aviation obligations, enabling future development and competitiveness of the aviation system and the implementation framework.

The deputy minister also confirmed that the Air Services Licensing Council and the International Air Services Council have been appointed.

According to the deputy minister, the appointments will clear the backlog of all pending applications and amendment applications lodged by the airlines.

“And I believe that this is a step in the right direction in our efforts to ensure recovery and sustainability of the South African registered airlines. We have put systems in place to ensure timeous appointments of these licensing councils”, she said.

The deputy minister also declared that all sub-sectors of transport, namely, aviation, maritime, road, rail and public transport must “continuously up-scale on the creation of sustainable framework of policies, legislation and regulations which support government’s strategies for economic, social and international development”.