African Pilot’s June edition
In a departure from previous years the June edition of African Pilot has presented a comprehensive Very Light Aircraft and Light Sport Aircraft feature covering 49 LSA types from all over the world. This time the LSA types have been presented as an editorial, whilst providing readers with the website of every LSA manufacture so that as a reader you can check out the details of the aircraft type. Once again due to the COVID-19 lockdown, where most shops are still closed the June edition will be sent to all readers in its digital format. This exciting new method of publishing has many advantages such as almost immediate access, high quality in page view format, little or no cost to readers and instant access to ALL advertisers’ websites. Frankly, there are very few disadvantages, especially now that almost every person has a smart device such as a cell phone, iPad or computer. The world has changed and things will never be the same again!
African Pilot’s July edition
Now that the June edition has been completed, our team has made a start on the July edition that will feature Aviation Training Organisations and Flight Schools. The deadline for the July edition has been revised to Friday 12 June and I wish to thank all contributors and advertisers for their wonderful support during this sad period in South African and indeed world history. For advertising opportunities please contact Adrian Munro at Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Breaking News – SA Government lockdown rules are not legal
The South African High Court has ruled that the SA government’s lockdown regulations are not legal but they will nevertheless remain in place for at least the next 14 days. On Tuesday evening Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said that government had taken note of the judgment delivered by the Gauteng Division of the High Court today declaring the Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3 Lockdown regulations unconstitutional and invalid.
Judge Norman Davis ruled in favour of Liberty Fighters Network, the Hola Bona Renaissance Foundation and attorney Reyno de Beer, after the group launched an urgent court challenge to the regulations. The judge found that ‘little or in fact no regard was given to the extent of the impact of individual regulations on the constitutional rights of people and whether the extent of the limitation of their rights was justifiable or not’.
‘The starting point was not ‘How can we as government limit constitutional rights in the least possible fashion whilst still protecting the inhabitants of South Africa?’ but rather ‘We will seek to achieve our goal by whatever means, irrespective of the costs and we will determine, albeit incrementally, which constitutional rights you as the people of South Africa, may exercise,” he said.
The judge identified a number of instances of irrationality in the regulations
“The examples are too numerous to mention,” he said. “One need only to think of the irrationality in being allowed to buy a jersey but not undergarments or open-toed shoes and the criminalisation of many of the regulatory measures.” Still, he said, some provisions passed muster. “The cautionary regulations relating to education, prohibitions against evictions, initiation practices and the closures of night clubs and fitness centres, for example, as well as the closure of borders all appear to be rationally connected to the stated objectives,” Davis said.
Those regulations were unaffected by the order handed down
The regulations around the ban on tobacco were also not affected since those are subject to separate court challenges. In terms of the remainder, the declaration of invalidity was suspended for 14 days, with the judge saying one must “be mindful of the fact that the Covid-19 danger is still with us and to create a regulatory void might lead to unmitigated disaster and chaos”. In the interim, he directed Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in consultation with the relevant ministers, to review, amend and republish the regulations with ‘due consideration to the limitation each regulation has on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights’.
Accountability Now’s Paul Hoffman SC said the judge had been careful to give government 14 days to remedy the lack of rationality of the measures he had declared unconstitutional and invalid. “Either government is going to accept that Judge Davis is right and they are going to fix the regulations and make them rational or take the judgment on appeal,” Hoffman said. He said in the case of the latter, there would likely be an argument about whether the relief granted should be suspended pending the outcome of the appeal. Hoffman explained that the judgment did not have to be referred to the Constitutional Court for confirmation, though, because the High Court was empowered to set aside regulations.
Cabinet said it would make a further statement once it had fully studied the judgment
In a separate 170-page affidavit filed last month, the Democratic Alliance said the party opposed the ‘draconian’ limitations on the rights of South Africans that came at great economic cost. However, this judgment is not related to the DA’s court case. DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach said at the time: “I am advised that the regime under the COVID-19 regulations resembles a state of emergency, but is not subject to the same safeguards,” adding that Dlamini-Zuma had broad and intrusive regulatory powers that were not subject to parliamentary oversight. She argued that, had Ramaphosa declared a state of emergency, this would have only empowered him for 21 days, unless an extension was given by National Assembly approval through a 60% majority vote.
“Under a state of emergency, the president may promulgate emergency regulations as are necessary of expedient to restore peace and order but must make adequate provisions for terminating the state of emergency. The Cogta minister is not required by the DMA to describe how we will return to something resembling normality and in the COVID-19 regulations, she has not.” Breytenbach added that, under a state of emergency, Ramaphosa must table emergency regulations in parliament, while the Disaster Management Act did not require any parliamentary oversight.
“In short, the regime under Level 4 COVID-19 regulations resemble a state of emergency in material respects, but it is not subject to the same safeguards. The COVID-19 regulations and all of the directions issues under them, may thus be unconstitutional in their entirety.” She challenged the court to consider the consequences of Ramaphosa’s decision, arguing that under a state of emergency, Sections 37(4) of the Constitution permitted legislation that derogated certain rights in the Bill of Rights. Lockdown regulations may not derogate any rights, she said. Breytenbach said that, if the courts deemed these unlawful, irrational, unreasonable and disproportionate, “the court is required to declare them to be unlawful and set them aside and is empowered by Section 172(1)(b) of the Constitution to make any other order that is just and equitable”.
Comair’s business rescue practitioners outline plan
Notwithstanding the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on air travel, Comair’s business rescue practitioners have told creditors and employee representatives that the airline is unlikely to start operating again before November this year. The aircraft are currently in a preservation programme to ensure that they are ready to fly again. However, the resumption of operations would require securing fuel suppliers and covering numerous other costs which the airline would not be able to meet without a significant cash injection. The business rescue practitioners confirmed they were in discussions with funders to recapitalise the airline to resume domestic passenger operations by 1 November. More than 30 potential funders had been contacted and six are progressing discussions.
To ensure the future sustainability of the airline, Comair had acquired Infinea’s 50% shareholding of Nacelle. The negotiations began before Comair entered business rescue and the deal will give it full control of IT infrastructure, customer data, flight systems and support services. Comair is not able to fund the deal now. It has agreed to pay in instalments over 17 months once funding has been secured. The practitioners said the proposed business rescue plan would include the rationalisation of the current fleet from 27 aircraft, including the grounded Boeing 737 MAX8, to 13 737-800s and three spare 737-400s.
The business rescue practitioners had consulted extensively, both in South Africa and abroad and it was considered that a downsized fleet would be more in keeping with what the company could afford to operate and demand for air travel post the COVID-19 crisis. Shaun Collyer, one of the business rescue practitioners, said that employees had been placed on unpaid leave and retrenchment proceedings are continuing under the auspices of the CCMA. “This unfortunate hardship has been imposed on Comair employees as a consequence of the Covid-19 lockdown and State-of-Disaster Act.”
Comair would focus on its airline business.
Creditors would be paid according to the probable liquidation dividend determined in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act through:
• The sale of non-core assets
• Any equity capital raised and/ or the issuing of shares
• The target date for this is 31 October 2020.
In terms of the restructuring plan, it is likely that the existing shareholder base will be substantially diluted. The business rescue practitioners intend to have substantially implemented the plan by 31 March 2021, at which point the company will be handed back to the board of directors and management.
All correspondence with respect to SACAA ATO approvals and SACAA FSTD qualifications should be directed to PEL.Training@caa.co.za. Please do not send documents directly to the manager, an inspector or administrator. Please note that no requests for foreign training approvals, licensing or examination enquiries will be dealt with. Foreign training approvals is a function of examinations. Contact the manager examinations: PhookoP@caa.co.za. For all other licensing or examination enquiries please check the enquiry details on: http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/Personnel%20Licensing/Inspectors-contact-details.aspx
In order to assist with the processing of your e-mail, please categorise your mail in the ‘SUBJECT’ box, by starting with the name of the ATO, the ATO or FSTD number, then the nature of your e-mail. For example:
• FLIGHT SERVICES – ATO 0999 – Addition of aircraft
• MAINTENANCE TRAINING – AMTO 0998 – Amendment to TPM
• SIMULATED FLIGHT – ZP 0997 – Annual inspection
Where it is not possible to name the ATO, ATO or FSTD number, please commence your e-mail with GENERAL ENQUIRY.
• GENERAL ENQUIRY – New training school start-up
With due consideration to COVID-19, no documents to be handed in or sent by courier for processing will be accepted. All clients are to submit documents electronically in PDF format.
Please note that if the addition of aircraft is requested for inclusion on the Opspec of an ATO and that aircraft does not reflect on our electronic system, that there will be a 14 working days delay in processing, as the aircraft is not registered on the ‘SACAA Electronic System’ and we will have to forward your application and associated documents to ‘Aircraft Registry’. As a result, please make sure that your application and associated documents are submitted electronically. We can only process your application once the aircraft is registered on the system.
Aircraft will not be added onto an Opspec until such time that ‘Aircraft Registry’ has brought the SACAA Electronic system up to date. In general, please allow for at least seven working days for a response to your e-mail.
South African Civil Aviation Authority
Cargo traffic at OR Tambo International Airport rose by more than 60% in April
OR Tambo International Airport facilitated a total 1 400 landing and departing cargo flights from 26 March up to Friday 22 May, an increase of some 62% over the comparable period in 2019. In April, the only completed month for which figures are currently available, the airport received 476 cargo flights compared to 294 cargo flights in April of 2019.
Airport spokesperson Betty Maloka says that air cargo has maintained a vital economic lifeline at a critical time for South Africa. “With most economic activity limited for the past two months, we remain very much aware of the airport’s roles and responsibilities in facilitating cargo flights at this time,” she says.
Personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices and pharmaceuticals account for most of the increase in cargo volumes. Incoming PPE has also been forwarded to neighbouring countries who procured their own supplies but required air connectivity to take delivery. “Air cargo in these categories has received priority for clearing through customs. However, processing cargo through the airport takes longer than previously not only because of the volumes but also because of hygiene and sanitisation rules and the need for staff to adhere to physical distancing,” she says. In addition, she says a number of airlines have been using passenger aircraft to transport cargo.
“Cargo transported in passenger aircraft is not packed on sealed pallets in the normal way. It is broken up and placed on seats in the passenger cabin. This has created challenges in terms of unloading and storing cargo once it is offloaded and waiting to be cleared,” she says. Ways of streamlining and improving cargo processing systems are the subject of continuing engagement between airport management, the Air Cargo Operators Committee (ACOC), the South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) and the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). She says that the significant increase in volumes led not only to storage challenges, but also stretched cargo service providers and the logistics industry.
The cargo precinct at OR Tambo International Airport has about 140 operators which includes freight forwarders, clearing agents, couriers, express services, cargo handlers, freighters, specialised, perishables, cargo examiners and government agencies. This figure excludes the road-feeder transport companies who also operate in and out of the cargo area. Maloka says the greater volumes of cargo have also required an increased focus on security, particularly on the airside waiting area. “Operators based at the cargo precinct are responsible for their own cargo security including securing consignments and storage facilities. However, an integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security team is in place to manage and oversee the tactical security plan for the cargo area. “This team includes representation from the South African Police Service and the intelligence cluster led by the State Security Agency. Cargo operators at the airport are continuously appraised of their security risks and provided with information and intelligence to enhance their security processes and protocols,” says Maloka.
What is planned for the future?
Africa Drone Conference
Vukani Communications is back again for the 5th annual Africa Drone Conference. The conference has attracted hundreds of participants from all over South Africa and neighbouring countries in both private and public sectors. This time around the gathering will be a virtual conference. We cordially invite you and your organisation to join the industry leaders at our 2020 Africa Drone Conference.
Drones technology continues to offer companies and individuals various opportunities and has enabled the optimisation of projects and maintenance costs within the various industries. Also, drone’s usage in monitoring of infrastructural projects, construction sites inspections, utility inspections, health and safety, maintenance inspections, project progress reports has of late gained traction. With AI starting to move into the drone space, most companies have started embracing the use of these two cutting edge technologies and will no doubt produce a quantum leap in usable data that will help reduce cost, increase safety, maximise performance and increase productivity.
Not to be left out, is how drone technology has impacted positively in industries such as mining industry, engineering, construction, municipalities, utilities, academia amongst other industries. Drones have facilitated the collection, and subsequent, processing, of more data than in the past, and this is pushing innovation in mines as data management processes are enhanced to ensure that other functional areas also beneﬁt from the technology. Above all, the drones have drastically led to elimination of much of human errors especially in producing accurate surveys. In some mines the drones are being used for engineering inspections for equipment’s that cannot be easily accessed which dramatically eliminates safety risk. Given the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, Drones have surely secured their place as a useful technology during these challenging times. For more on this, join us on 27 and 28 August 2020 for this live Webinar.
Topics to be covered include:
• Drones use case studies in mining, construction, survey and mapping
• Geotechnical investigations
• Civil engineering services
• Disaster management
• Licensing and regulation
• Geophysics and remote sensing
• Geoscience and geological mapping
• Big data
• Security and inspection
Should you like to participate on this conference, please visit the website: www.vukanicomms.co.za or Telephone: 011 886 0433. Looking forward to your registration
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Until Monday, please be ‘Serious about flying’.
Athol Franz (Editor)