Civil Aviation Amendment Bill [B 44 – 2018]

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Submissions must be received by no later than 30 November 2020

Transport

The Portfolio Committee on Transport invites you to submit further written comments on the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill [B 44 – 2018] as it pertains to proposed amendments that extend beyond the scope of the Bill.

The Bill was referred to the Committee on 14 November 2018. Whilst inquiring into the subject of the Bill, during public hearings and deliberations, the Committee decided that it would be necessary to amend other provisions of the principal Act which were not included in the Bill, and to further extend the public consultations. The Committee received a submission from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) regarding its preferential creditor status in instances where the licensed service provider that collects fees on behalf of SACAA becomes insolvent. The envisaged amendments would allow SACAA to be one of the first-in-line creditors to get their fees, either via a Trust or ring-fenced funds as a preferential creditor through the Insolvency Act.

Comments can be emailed to Ms Valerie Carelse at civilaviation@parliament.gov.za by no later than Monday, 30 November 2020.

In addition to the written comments, please indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation to the Committee.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Valerie Carelse on tel 021 403 3272 or cell 083 709 8445

 Issued by Mr MJ Zwane, MP, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport


Background
The Civil Aviation Act, 2009 (Act No. 13 of 2009) (‘‘the Act’’), provides for the establishment of the Aviation Safety Investigation Board, a juristic body vested with the powers to investigate aircraft accidents and incidents in South Africa. The Act also establishes the South African Civil Aviation Authority, an authority vested with the powers to promote civil aviation safety and security. The Act was enacted in 2009 to consolidate the various pieces of legislation dealing with the regulation of civil aviation which existed at the time. Following the implementation of the Act it became evident that certain provisions thereof were hampering the full operation of the Act. Most provisions of Chapter 4 of the Act were never promulgated due to various reasons, one of which was the practical difficulties in the establishment of the entity, the Aviation Safety Investigation Board, which is established by the Chapter. As a result of this, the full establishment of the Aviation Safety Investigation Board was never achieved.