No policies, MOU in place for Fireblade, Parliament hears | Fin24
  • Illicit Tobacco Trade

    The SA Revenue Service says it is going to court to recover R200m in taxes in a decade-old case

  • SAA Strike

    The airline says it will take legal action over 'malicious' claims of unsafe flights by unions.

  • New CEO

    After months of speculation and delays, Andre de Ruyter has been named Eskom's new head.


No policies, MOU in place for Fireblade, Parliament hears

Nov 06 2018 22:04
Khulekani Magubane, Fin24

The operation of Fireblade Aviation private air traffic terminal would likely have to continue until a memorandum of understanding and policy were in place on the matter, Home Affairs acting director general Thulani Mavuso told Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs on Tuesday evening.

Committee member for the African National Congress (ANC) Dineo Raphuti urged the department to put an agreement in place, as operations were already in place.

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba told the committee, however, that under the department there was no policy on private VVIP terminals. 

"This is the first one of its kind to be arrived at in this manner. There is no policy. The policy now needs to be developed so that it can provide a framework for how such issues are dealt with going forward," said Gigaba, early on in the meeting.

Gigaba said he would consult with Cabinet colleagues on how best to formalise the arrangement and create a policy that would allow the operations to continue, such that they did not undermine the state’s role at ports of entry. 

"The other question that arises is whose custody such a function would be. Airports will fall under ACSA (Airports Company South Africa) and the Department of Transport. Home Affairs provides but one service in the space of terminals and ports of entry," Gigaba said.

Mavuso said the department was working on a memorandum and policy to guide such operations, as applications for similar terminals were in the works for terminals in Cape Town and George. He said it was vital that the department "avoids doing something that will come back to bite it".

* Sign up to Fin24's top news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO FIN24 NEWSLETTER



Company Snapshot

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

What do you think about private healthcare in SA?

Previous results · Suggest a vote