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Cemair hosts AASA's 47th Annual General Assembly
October 11, 2017. AASA news. Cemair, a privately-owned South African airline, is the host of AASA's 47th AGA, to be held from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.
The theme of this year's AGA is Building Human Capital for African Airlines.
"Challenges such as skills development, training, transformation, the economy, environmental impact and other topical issues affecting airlines and air travel in the SADC region will dominate the debates and panel discussions. Speakers include regional and international experts and we expect the Assembly to generate follow-up initiatives and actions to address the challenges," says Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEO.
This annual event is a gathering of over 300 delegates, including leading executives and policy makers from Southern African airlines, airports, air navigation services, aircraft and engine manufacturers, ground handling companies, government representatives, regulatory bodies and associated business sectors.
Distinguished speakers and guests include the Honourable Sihle Zikalala, KwaZulu Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; the Programme Director is Alan Khan, Senior Director of Coroprate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology; Paul Steele, Senior Vice President, Member and External Relations and Corporate Secretary at the International Air Transport Association (IATA); Professor Nawal Taneja, an Airline Business Strategist, a published Airline Business Author and Aviation Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University in the USA; Refilwe Ledwaba, Founder and Executive Director of Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace (SAWIA) and Women and Aviation; and Dr. Thabi Leoka of Argon Asset Management, a world-renowned South African economist.
Distinguished Aviation Leadership Forum panel discussion members include Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation of the South African Civil Aviation Authority; Dithoriso Victor Xaba, Acting Chief Executive Officer at SA Express; Miles van der Molen Founder and CEO of CemAir; Rodger Foster, CEO of SA Airlink; and Musa Zwane Acting CEO of South African Airways, and CEO of SAA Technical.