About AASA / Executive Team
AASA is the leading representative airline organisation within southern Africa, working together with leaders of the aviation industry and senior public and government officials on policy, regulatory, planning, operational, safety, security and financial matters affecting the overall profitability of the airlines and their continued sustainability.
Zuks Ramasia | AASA Chairperson
Zuks Ramasia currently serves as the Chairperson of AASA. She is also the Acting CEO of South African Airways (SAA). She was appointed to serve as the AASA Deputy Chairperson at its 48th Annual General Assembly in October 2018; and elected as the AASA Chairperson at its 49th Annual General Assembly in October 2019. Her illustrious career in aviation spans more than 26 years in the industry.
Zuks serves as a director on the Board of Aviation Coordination Services Limited (ACS). ACS’ mandate is bestowed by the association’s member airlines on whose behalf it provides common operational support services to international and domestic airlines operating from, into and within South Africa. She served on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operations Committee (OPC) - the committee serves as an advisory body to IATA’s Board of Governors and Director General.
Zuks holds a BA (Honours) in English and Psychology (Human Resource Development) from the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) now the University of Johannesburg; a Diploma in Airline Operations from IATA; is a graduate of the Leadership Development Programme from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS); and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Henley Business School.
Wrenelle Stander | AASA Deputy Chairperson
Wrenelle Stander currently serves as an AASA Executive Committee member. She is also the Joint CEO of Comair Limited. She was appointed to serve on the AASA Executive team at its 48th Annual General Assembly in October 2018; and elected as the AASA Deputy Chairperson at its 49th Annual General Assembly in October 2019. She has over 25-years of work experience in the aviation and energy industries, of which over 15 years have been at executive leadership level.
In November 2018, she joined Comair Limited as the Executive Director: Airline Business Unit, running the airline assets: British Airways, as part of a licence agreement, and kulula.com, South Africa's first low-fare airline. Effective 31 July 2019, Wrenelle assumed the role of Joint CEO at Comair.
Before joining Comair, she held several positions within the Sasol Limited Group including: Senior Vice President: Corporate Affairs, and Managing Director: Sasol Gas.
Wrenelle has also held a range of executive leadership positions in the civil aviation industry, including:
- Managing Director: Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company;
- Deputy Chief Executive Officer: South African Civil Aviation Authority; and
- Chief Director: Aviation and Maritime Regulation.
Wrenelle has extensive Board experience and serves as an Executive Director on the Comair Limited Board (JSE: COM); as a non-Executive Director for the Sishen Iron Ore Company Pty Limited; as well as Christel House, a Cape Town-based NGO working with impoverished children.
Wrenelle holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom, as well as a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town.
Chris Zweigenthal | AASA CEO
Chris Zweigenthal currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AASA. He qualified as a Civil
Engineer at the University of Witwatersrand in 1978, obtained his
Graduate Diploma in Engineering in 1985, and worked for 10 years in the
construction industry. In 1988, he joined South African Airways (SAA), where
he held senior positions in the Petroleum Affairs, Flight Operations,
and Marketing Planning departments, and was then appointed Managing
Director of SA Alliance Air based in Kampala, Uganda. Upon his return to
South Africa in 2000, he headed up Global Passenger Services until he
left SAA in November 2001. In February 2002, Chris
joined the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) as Deputy
Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive on 1 March 2009.
Chris is active in supporting the growth and sustainability of airlines in the Southern African region, working with public and private stakeholders across the aviation industry. He is a regular participant and contributor to SADC, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) initiatives in the region. He is a Director of Aviation Coordination Services Limited (ACS), a company responsible for several airport services managed on behalf of all airlines operating in South Africa; a Director of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA); and Alternate Director of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA).
In April 2019, Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Award in recognition of his contribution to the air transport industry. The award was presented at the AviaDev Africa 2019 summit.
Vivendra Lochan | AASA COO
Vivendra (Vees) Lochan currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at AASA. He has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the aviation industry over the past 35 years.
Vees spent a considerable amount of time at South African Airways (SAA) where he held positions in Sales and Marketing, Africa Route Management Division; and headed SAA offices in the Middle East and Gulf, as well as the Indian Sub-continent. In August 2010, Vees joined AASA as Chief Operating Officer. AASA is the SADC airline representative Association dealing with strategic, aeropolitical, regulatory, policy, financial and operational issues affecting its members. He represents AASA and its membership on regulatory committees and industry forums.
Vees, is an Alternate Director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee of Aviation Coordination Services Limited, a company responsible for several airport services managed on behalf of all airlines operating in South Africa.
Ms. Dipuo Peters, then South African Minister of Transport, appointed Vees in January 2015 to serve as a member of the Transport Sector Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Charter Council representing the Domestic Aviation sub-sector.
Vees represents AASA on a number of government committees and is a member of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Regulations Committee (CARCom) that advises the Minister of Transport. He also serves as Treasurer and Director of the Wonders of Aviation NPC, a non-profit initiative established to promote aviation awareness and careers to the previously disadvantaged youth of South Africa.
Vees holds a BCom in Business Economics and Economics from the University of Durban-Westville, and an MBA from the same University.
Miles van der Molen | AASA Executive Committee
Miles van der Molen currently serves as an AASA Executive Committee member (and past AASA Chairperson for 2018/2019). He is also the Chief Executive Officer and founder of CemAir.
CemAir was founded in 2005 with three Beechcraft 1900’s bought on auction and now operates as a world class IOSA registered airline. CemAir owns, operates and maintains a fleet of 22 aircraft, including ten 50-seat CRJ jets, two Dash-8 Q300’s, one Dash-8 100 and 9 Beechcraft 1900D’s. Based at O.R. Tambo International Airport and a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), CemAir operates as a full service scheduled domestic airline to 10 destinations in South Africa, including Margate, Bloemfontein, Plettenberg Bay, Hoedspruit, George, Cape Town and Sishen in the Northern Cape.
Miles completed his Private Pilot License (PPL) at the age of 17, and his Commercial Pilot License (CPL) at 22 years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, and completed the 3rd year of an MBA at the same University.
Rodger Foster | AASA Executive Committee
Rodger Foster currently serves as an AASA Executive Committee member (and past AASA Chairperson). He is also the CEO and MD of SA Airlink (Pty) Limited Group of Companies trading as “Airlink”, from June 1992 to present (over 26 years). Co-founding shareholder (together with Barrie Webb) of Airlink which commenced business on 12th June 1992. Current shareholder of 22.32% of Airlink’s issued shares.
Airlink is a regional feeder airline whose core business centers on smaller community destinations. Airlink is a network airline and a component of a large branded and franchised (SAA) composite airline network system. Airlink employs over 1,500 staff and flies to more than 40 smaller community destinations throughout SADC. Airlink carries more than 1600,000 passengers annually on over 55,000 flights using a fleet of 55 aircraft. Airlink is privately owned and is responsibly profitable.