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Monday, 10 July 2017: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP FOR SWACAA BOARD AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

It is “development unusual” at SWACAA: sleeves have been rolled up as the leadership gets down to the bolts and nuts of the business, learning and understanding concepts in their correct context.

The Board of Directors and management attended a Corporate Governance Workshop at the SASO (Southern African Safety Organisation) offices in Mbabane and as the Chairman Mr President Dhlamini stated:

“We are not going to take for granted the expectations that have been placed upon us by the mandate that we have been given: it is important that we conduct the business in the manner that our principals expect us to. We want to make sure that not only do we deliver results that should change the way of life of Swazis, but that we lay foundations for the sustainability of the organisation and the industry”.

Dr Sikhomba Gumbi and Ms Thembayena Dlamini delivered the training in a vibrant and participatory fashion and they minced no words about what is and is not acceptable in corporate governance, particularly in state-owned enterprises.

In her opening address the Minister of Public Works and Transport expressed appreciation at the opportunity of hosting such an enormous event. She highlighted that Swaziland has come a long way from being banned by the European Union for airline business and only for the ban to be lifted three years ago. The Minister assured delegates that this development speaks to the hard work and determination that Swaziland has for civil aviation progress.

The course was also attended by the Director of Public Enterprise Unit Ms Busangani Mkhaliphi, who made a presentation on circulars governing parastatals.

The last day of the forum was an ICAO business where Ministers from some African countries met to discuss specific needs of Africa in the Aviation space. This high level Minister’s meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland who was representing the Prime Minister and was chaired by the Minister of Public Works and Transport. Important declarations, opening new chapters in the history of the industry were made in this meeting. These declarations stand forever as a guide on how African states will work to refine their collaborative efforts and improve aviation safety oversight continent wide. The newly proposed global oversight system was adopted by the ministers.

Monday, 10 July 2017: SWACAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS VISITS MATSAPHA AIRPORT AND KM III

The Civil Aviation Authority’s Board of Directors recently toured the facilities at Matsapha and King Mswati III International Airports. The objective of this visit was to understand what goes on behind the scenes in the regulatory and operational divisions of the Authority and to instil appreciation of the facilities on the ground and what challenges are posed by limitations. As Deputy Chairperson Mrs Thandeka Dlamini summarised it:

“We need to understand what management presents to the Board so that our support is not limited by a lack of appreciation of material factors.”

The tour started at Matsapha Airport and covered all the technical sites, including the fire station, before moving to King Mswati III International Airport. The terminal building and the ground handling equipment, the fuel farm and the boundary fence and Air Traffic Control Tower were all inspected during the tour.

Friday, 28 April 2017: SWAZILAND HOSTS THE REGIONAL SAFETY OVERSIGHT ORGANISATIONS (RSOOS) FORUM


Deputy Prime Minister Mr Paul Dlamini addressing the MInister's meeting during the RSOOs Forum

On the 22nd– 24th March 2017 the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) jointly organised the Regional Safety Oversight Organisations forum (RSOOs) for Global Aviation Safety. The Forum was held at the Royal Swazi Spa, Ezulwini and was attended by Directors General of civil aviation authorities from ICAO Member States as well as representatives of international, regional civil aviation commissions, regional accident and incident investigation organizations (RAIOs), and regional economic communities (RECs).

The acronym RSOOs stands for Regional Safety Oversight Organisations whose mandate is to address the challenges of aviation as a global industry in particular the global safety requirements. The aim of the forum was to bring together all parties that have a stake in the establishment and management of RSOOs, in order to promote the concept of regional cooperation for the purpose of enhancing Global Aviation Safety in the regions.

The forum was graced by the Deputy Prime Minister Mr Paul Dlamini who was representing the Prime Minister, the Honourable Minister of Public Works and Transport Lindiwe Dlamini, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Mr. Makhosini Mndawe and other high level ranking government officials from visiting states.

In her opening address the Minister of Public Works and Transport expressed appreciation at the opportunity of hosting such an enormous event. She highlighted that Swaziland has come a long way from being banned by the European Union for airline business and only for the ban to be lifted three years ago. The Minister assured delegates that this development speaks to the hard work and determination that Swaziland has for civil aviation progress.

SWACAA’s Director General Mr. Solomon Dube stated that the Kingdom like other countries in the region is faced with the challenge of low air traffic, both in people and cargo. He further stated that regardless of such challenges the safety of aircraft should not be a negotiated matter.

The last day of the forum was an ICAO business where Ministers from some African countries met to discuss specific needs of Africa in the Aviation space. This high level Minister’s meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland who was representing the Prime Minister and was chaired by the Minister of Public Works and Transport. Important declarations, opening new chapters in the history of the industry were made in this meeting. These declarations stand forever as a guide on how African states will work to refine their collaborative efforts and improve aviation safety oversight continent wide. The newly proposed global oversight system was adopted by the ministers.

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