Gauteng: Transport Deputy Minister, Honourable Sindisiwe Chikunga will give a keynote address during the first ever, conference that will mark the beginning of meaningful transformation in the aviation sector, under the theme “Now is the time”.
Members of the media are invited to join Deputy Minister Chikunga, leading captains of the aviation industry, subject specialists, key aviation stakeholders and senior government officials during the Aviation Industry Transformation Letsema which will be held at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng on Thursday, 8 August 2013.
The Aviation Industry Transformation Letsema is the first of its kind and seeks to address the transformation of the aviation industry as announced by the Deputy Minister during the Budget Vote speech earlier this year.
Among other critical focus areas to be deliberated upon, the Letsema will identify the shortage of skills as a key factor behind the lack of transformation in the aviation sector and how this will be addressed.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Aeronautical Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will, together invest R52.4 million on a robust scarce and critical aviation skills development and sector transformation programme.
To further address the challenge of attraction and retention of skills in the aviation industry, the SACAA, entered into an agreement with the University of Pretoria to participate in the training of students in Aerospace Medicine and the first 10 degrees were conferred this year in March.
The Head of Aviation Medicine from SACAA has also been appointed as an extraordinary lecturer at the University of Pretoria with effect from 2013.
Aviation agencies in conjunction with the department and relevant stakeholders are currently developing an all-inclusive Civil Aviation Transformation Strategy, which is the first in the country aimed at addressing transformation issues which currently record a devastating 4% pilot licence holders being from previously disadvantaged individuals (PDIs).