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July 25, 2019

One of the most challenging tasks African aviation faces is getting its importance recognised by the governments of all 54 states in Africa.

The recent remarks by Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional VP for Africa and the Middle East are essential reading for policymak...

July 1, 2019

Worldwide the airline industry is having an unprecedently good run, as it is now entering its tenth year of profits and is covering its cost of capital – an excellent achievement for a capital intensive industry with thin margins.

However, in stark contrast, African air...

March 5, 2019

In December I was pleased to be granted an exclusive interview by Ms Siza Mzimela, the Interim CEO of SA Express. In her judicious words (published in this issue) she notes that the South African Civil Aviation authority is ‘surprisingly tough’. This has become increas...

August 15, 2018

The arguments for and against privatisation of airlines are often ideologically driven, but let’s put ideology and national pride aside for a minute and look at the practicalities.

Those who argue that airlines should be state-owned have several good arguments – most no...

May 25, 2018

There is been an increasing cacophony of calls to close down SAA. New CEO Vuyani Jarana has demanded a further R5 billion “now”. This is in addition to the R10 billion already given to SAA six months ago, and he says the airline will require a further R12 billion to st...

April 24, 2018

For the first time in over 12 years, SA Flyer does not own an aircraft. At the end of March we sold our Saratoga IITC, ZS-OFH.

The reasons we sold it are unfortunately symptomatic of the position many aircraft owners find themselves in – specifically in South Africa. Th...

April 10, 2018

SAA will never be the proud carrier it once was. The airline that used to fly the South African flag as far as the remote corners of Europe, such as Manchester and Athens, is long gone. Even the airline that we knew from ten years ago is gone. In 2010, SAA employed aro...

November 22, 2017

As I write this, the full horror of the gangster government South Africa is labouring under is slowly unfolding.

Many years ago, as a national serviceman, I was a photo-journalist with Jacques Pauw, and so feel an almost comradely pride in his courageous expose of the e...

October 16, 2017

I  have on my desk the latest copy of the SAA turnaround plan – ‘Corporate Plan April 2017 to March 2022.’

Like the countless other turnaround plans before it, this plan refers to a ‘developmental agenda’. However, what this agenda entails is not defined, other than to...

September 20, 2017

A number of studies have emerged showing that Africa’s economic growth is hindered by its poor air transport connectivity.

Africa is large – about three times bigger than the United States – and the vast distances are compounded by the poor land based infrastructure. Du...

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