Airfield deadline

‘No more freebies’ for R100-million business on state-owned land

SEARCH FOR A DEAL: From left, Dhaya Govender from the department of public works, Ndlambe mayor Phindile Faxi and 43 Air School CEO Attie Niemann were all working toward solving problems at the air school regarding ownership of the land on which the air school resides Picture: ROB KNOWLES

THE long-awaited discussion between Ndlambe Municipality, the national department of public works and 43 Air School took place at the council chambers last Friday and moved the discussion regarding the airport, the perimeter fence and the runway a little closer to an agreement.

The air school has been operating on land owned by the state through the department of public works. The question of whether the school could purchase the land has proven contentious and the transfer of the land to Ndlambe Municipality has also been raised. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has demanded a perimeter fence be installed around the airport or the facility cannot be used. Further, before heavier aircraft can land or take off the existing runway would need to be ungraded, grass removed and the surface tarred.

For more information, read this week’s Talk of the Town.

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