Pretoria – The Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Fang Liu, is on an official visit to South Africa.
This is the first official visit by a top ICAO representative since South Africa became a member of the world’s civil aviation administration body in 1944.
Dr Liu earlier met with Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, as well as the management of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and various civil aviation structures and associations.
On Monday, Dr Liu, accompanied by the ICAO Regional Director: Eastern and Southern Africa, Barry Kashambo and SA representative at ICAO Council, Tshepo Peege, visited Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Aviation Training Academy (ATA).
After a tour of the ATA, Dr Liu expressed satisfaction with the advanced high technology training equipment at the facility.
She said “proper training in aviation safety and security” were paramount in ensuring global passenger safety.
Welcoming Dr Liu and her entourage, ATNS Executive Peter Marais said ATNS was working with other regional air navigation service providers to find a way of sharing infrastructure “without compromising aviation security”.