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This Annual General Meeting Report covers the period December 2015 to November 2016. It was again eventful year, characterised by significant accomplishments on one side and challenges on the other hand.

In this report the “Highlights of 2016”, “What enabled the Achievements”, “Challenges and Opportunities”, “Personal Note” and “Conclusion” will be covered or reflected upon. Generally, much work was done and much more work needs to be done for taking CAASA to next level of excellence.


There has been a great deal of positive achievements in the year under review and underlined by the following:

2.1. New Programs or Projects:

  • Marketing Team (Website, Sponsorship, Internal & External Communications).
  • Monthly Newsletters (Share Mainly Industry Information to boost the businesses of our Members).
  • Newly Developed Aviation Economic Index (Underpinning Aviation Opportunities).
  • Gaining Association of Aviation Design as an additional Affiliate (Design Expertise).

2.2. Normal Programmes and Activities:

  • Aviation Committees participation (CARCOM, SCC, TETA and etc).
  • Affiliates Meetings (Exchange of Valuable information leading to improvement of our Aviation Entities).
  • Continual Interaction with SACAA (e.g. May 2016 Meeting – CAASA Dossier).
  • Increased CAASA membership (212).
  • Current solid financial standing (Members: 20% and AAD= 80%).
  • Value adding relationships (SACAA, TETA, DoT, AASA, Aero Club, RAASA, ALPA, ATNS and AfBAC).

2.3. Special Event:

I deliberately isolated AAD 2016 as a highlight due to the extraordinary positive impact it did to our Members and the South African economy at large. Some of the tangible benefits derived from AAD 2016 include having had more traders than expected, valuable aviation presentations such as May Day or Aviation Economic Index or Strategic Partnership launch and visits to CAASA Members exhibit sites which gave a positive feedback on the experience of AAD 2016. This BI-Annual Event for 2016 generated about 15% more of our bottom-line than last year.

For this resounding successful AAD 2016, I would like to direct my gratitude to CAASA CEO and his Team, the leading partner of AAD 2016 – ARMSCOR and AMD. Indeed, without the collaboration and partnership of the aforementioned, AAD2016 could have been a total failure.


3.1. Gratitude to Full-Time Staff:

All the achievements highlighted above would have not been possible without the following:

  • Disciplined, hardworking and respected CEO: Mr Leon Dillman.
  • Executive Administrator: Mrs Louise Olckers.
  • Administration Assistant: Mrs Sam Bouwer.
  • Deputy CEO: Mr JP Truter up to 31 July 2016.
  • Operational Manager: Mr Kevin Storie from 1 October 2016.

3.2. Praiseworthy Board, Committees and Affiliates:

  • Who can ignore the dedicated and highly supportive CAASA Board in carrying out their fiduciary duties? I commend you for performing your work par excellence.
  • Financial Committee (FinComm) and Operations Committee (Opscom) thank you for the immense contributions you have made in the enhancement of CAASA in your areas of expertise.
  • Affiliates for attending your regular meetings and exchanging information of aviation empowerment, I sincerely thank you for that.

Given the exposure I had within the Aviation Industry Environment and at CAASA, I would like to outline the following as challenges and opportunities that I urge CAASA to factor within their radar:

4.1. Regulations:

  • Changing Regulations (Civil Aviation Amendment Bill – CARCOM).
  • Transponder (High costs and Manufacturing opportunity – enhance safety).
  • Emission Tax (High costs and opportunity to work with AASA – ICAO: CORSIA).
  • BBBEE (Aviation BBBEE Charter: Amendments).
  • Review of Domestic and International Air Services Licensing and their respective Regulations.

4.2. Implementation of New Committees:

  • TSEC (Sensitive and Ethics Policies etc).
  • Legal (Cost Effective Advice).
  • CAASA Foundation (PBO has just been granted to CAASA).

4.3. Drive for Partnership:

  • Consumer Issues and Regulations on Fuel Companies (Partner AASA and SAPIA).
  • Suppliers of Equipment to Member Airlines and Airports.

4.4. Alternative Funding for Sustainability:

  • Identify Risks and Mitigation Factors (CAASA stand-alone Aviation Consulting, Adjacent land to AAD Offices and Expansion into Africa and beyond).
  • IATA (with the Commercial Drones/ RPAS Project Joint influencers on relevant RPAS Regulations.

4.5. Effective and Ethical Leadership:

  • The successful and effective leaders have courage to challenge tradition, the optimism to envision opportunity amid change and the curiosity to explore unchanged territory (Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson, Matter: Beyond Competition, Create More Value, and Become the Obvious Choice, Ben Bella, 2016).
  • “Ethical leadership is knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good.” In our experience, ethical leadership involves leading in a manner that respects the rights and dignity of others;” (’, The Importance of Ethical Leadership, Dr Mickey Parsons, March, 2013).
  • I am much grateful for the opportunity of having served as the CAASA President for 2015 and 2016.
  • This exposure has contributed a great deal in my overall growth, especially in Aviation and Leadership fronts.
  • Particular thanks goes to CEO, Deputy Presidents, Board, Staff and general members for the support and respect you accorded my office.
  • Gratitude also goes to the veterans who contributed objectively and unselfishly their wisdom to the vibrancy of my Presidency, namely: Brian Frankel, Bob Garbett, Jeff Earls, John Morrison, Tom Chalmers and President Dhlamini.
  • Lastly, special thanks to one of my valued Coaches, Mr Brian Frankel who introduced me to CAASA and supported me in a special way throughout thick and thin, both within CAASA and in my own business.

In conclusion, I have no doubt that CAASA is fulfilling a unique mandate in Aviation, more especially within General Aviation that can easily generate sales of more than R46 Billion per annum, create more than 11 Thousand direct jobs and 39 Thousand Indirect jobs. Without effective and ethical leadership, teamwork, collaboration or partnership, maintaining areas where we performed excellently in 2016 and taking advantage of all the opportunities precipitated by challenges highlighted above we are doomed to fail and disappear.  Amidst the uncertain aviation environment, there is a silver lining for CAASA and Aviation in general.

I thank you for your attention.

Have a Blessed Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

God Bless,