Airport contracts under scrutiny

The Pietermaritzburg Airport



This was revealed by Dr Ray Ngcobo, the general manager City Entities and Sustainable Development at a council sitting last week.

“There are contracts that were entered into just before the democratic dispensation in 1994 and we want to look at all of them because some of the leases appear to be long term,” said Dr Ngcobo.

He added that following the completion of the contract with Indiza in April this year, the management of the airport was now under the municipality. He maintained that the airport was in good shape and the Civil Aviation Authority team had visited the airport three times as part of the fact finding mission.

ANC councillor Manqoba Ngubo stressed that the review of contracts should be accompanied by meaningful change.

“We have people and companies in the aviation industry who were sidelined in the past and it is important to accommodate them in a new setting, in line with the transformation agenda,” said Ngubo.

In an unusual development DA councillor Bongmusa Nhlabathi also agreed with the ruling party that transformation in the city’s economic landscape was crucial.

The City is also gearing up to welcome and benefit from an influx of tenants who previously used the Virginia airport in Durban which has since closed.

Briefing the media at the Tourism Hub building yesterday,  Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo said the airport remained a catalytic project to enhance connectivity towards the advancement of economic development and growth of the city and this was one of the reasons behind the R50 million infrastructure upgrade concluded with and funded by provincial government.

The mayor allayed fears that the airport was not compliant with safety regulations.

“With regard to compliance, the airport team is working diligently to ensure the airport meets the requirements as stipulated by the CAA,” said the mayor.

Byrone Athman

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