Aviation authority appoints acting head
Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has appointed Zakhele Thwala as the acting director of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), it said on Monday.
He is taking over from Colin Jordaan, whose contract ends on December 31 2010.
Ndebele's office said that the process to replace Jordaan was at "an advanced stage".
"We wish to thank Colin Jordaan for his valuable contribution during his tenure at the SACAA and wish him well for his future," Ndebele said.
Thwala is a deputy director general in the department of transport and one of his areas of responsibility is aviation.
Ndebele said Thwala's secondment is in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act, and is with effect from January 2011.
what was wrong with jordaan?
What's wrong is that he actually has an aviation background, both as a pilot and as a manager. He has proven abilities and a track record to go with it. Too white?! All of the above make him totally unsuitable for the "New South Africa" and it's mania for affirmative action/employment equity,cronyism/cadre deployment and the resulting mediocrity, forgetting that the job still needs to be done and that the SACAA is required to comply with certain internationally accepted standards in order for local operators to continue to fly to the US, Europe etc. We also have an obligation to maintain standards as a member state of ICAO. Waiting for the next FAA downgrading crisis.