South Africa will host an aviation conference on 8 August 2013 in Boksburg, east of the commercial capital Johannesburg, the ministry of transport announced today.
The Aviation Industry Transformation Letsema is the first of its kind and seeks to address the transformation of the aviation industry, the ministry said in a statement.
Despite making a remarkable return to the community of nations 19 years ago, and restructuring its economy and transforming many of its sectors, South Africa has not had suck luck with its aviation sector, which is still lagging behind in many aspects.
Shortage of skills has been identified as a key factor behind this lack of transformation, and the country’s vice-minister of transport Sindisiwe Chikunga has announced her intention to do something about it.
“Our aviation agencies in conjunction with the ministry of transport and relevant stakeholders are currently developing an all-inclusive Civil Aviation Transformation Strategy,” she said. “This is the first in the country aimed at addressing transformation issues which currently records a devastating figure of about 4% pilot licence holders being from previously disadvantaged individuals,” she added.
The aviation conference is being hosted with the intention of forging closer working relations between ourselves towards the growth and transformation of the aviation industry, the vice-ininister said.
The South African government has put aside R52.4 million (US$5.24 million) to embark on a robust scarce and critical aviation skills development programme, the ministry of transport revealed.
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