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SACAA Mandate

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is a Schedule 3A public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (“PFMA”). It was established on the 1st of October 1998, following the enactment of the now repealed South African Civil Aviation Authority Act,1998 (Act No.40 of 1998).  

The Act provided for the establishment of a stand-alone authority charged with promoting, regulating and enforcing civil aviation safety and security. It reflected the Government’s priorities and was in line with international trends in the aviation world where more and more states implemented this option.  

The abovementioned Act was repealed as a whole by the Civil Aviation Act, 2009, (Act No.13 of 2009). The Act, provides for the establishment of a stand-alone authority mandated with controlling, promoting, regulating, supporting, developing, enforcing and continuously improving levels of safety and security throughout the civil aviation industry. The SACAA is an agency of the Department of Transport (DoT).  

The above is to be achieved by complying with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), whilst considering the local context.

Our Strategic Intent

To be ranked among the top 10 civil aviation authorities globally by 2020
To regulate civil aviation safety and security in support of sustainable development of the aviation industry
Brand Promise: 
Keeping you safe in the sky
  • Good is never good enough
  • Integrity and independence
  • Service Excellence
  • Teaming and partnering



Oliver Empowerment Awards
The Director of Civil Aviation, Ms Poppy Khoza, scooped the Top Empowered Public Service Leader of the Year Award at the 15th annual Oliver Empowerment Awards ceremony on 14 April 2016.  In 2017 the SACAA won the Public Service Award.  The Oliver Empowerment Awards are South Africa’s premier awards for leadership and innovation in empowerment and transformation and have created a legacy of inspiration for the country’s business elite.

Aviation Security
The SACAA was appointed as the Vice Chairperson of the ICAO Aviation Security Panel for two years in succession, in 2013 and 2014.  Moreover the SACAA was appointed as Chairperson of ICAO’s Aviation Security Panel for two consecutive years in April 2015 and again in April 2016.

National Business Awards
On 19 November 2015, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) received the Top Performing Public Service Award and achieved second position for the Transport and Logistics Award at the National Business Awards.

The National Business Awards are regarded as ‘the Oscars of South African Business’, and give recognition to the success, innovation and ethics of South African private companies, state-owned entities and government departments across all sectors. They are bestowed in acknowledgement of inspirational leadership and outstanding performance throughout the year.

Best-performing Institution in Transport
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) won the award as the ‘Best Performing Institution’; at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Annual Transport Awards.  These awards are selected ahead of all provincial departments of transport as well as agencies responsible for various modes of transport.  The main purpose of these awards is to recognise and award excellence by transport officials from the national and provincial departments of transport as well as transport public entities.

Its head, Ms Poppy Khoza, walked away with the ‘Best Chief Executive Officer in Transport’ during the 2015 awards ceremony and was the runner up in this category during the 2016 awards.

Auditor-General’s Award for a Clean Audit Four Years in Succession
The SACAA was the recipient of the Auditor-General’s award for four years in succession for producing a clean audit during the 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 year-end audits.  The Auditor-General’s unqualified audit opinion from both a financial and operational perspective, attests to SACAA’s effective controls and good governance. 

Cape Town new Required Navigation Performance Procedures 
The South African Civil Aviation Authority published Aeronautical Information Packages that have opened up cost-effective navigation routes into Cape Town for all users on 11 December 2014; the first in Africa.

South African Airways (SAA), the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and the SACAA partnered in making these advanced air routing procedures, which were previously accessible to SAA alone, available to all users of Cape Town International.  In another new and innovative approach to navigation routes, a concept called Advanced RNP (A-RNP) has been initiated to allow aircraft to land in bad weather from north to south at Lanseria International Airport. ATNS, in conjunction with the SACAA, has performed pioneering flight procedure design work in developing this approach. 

European Union ACC3 – South Africa Exempted
The SACAA’s air cargo security systems were tested by its European counterparts and the EU risk assessment mechanism identified South Africa as one of the States where the level of aviation security is recognised as robust and reliable. South Africa was therefore included in the list of third countries where air carriers are exempted from the application of the ACC3 regime, making South Africa the only country on the continent with such recognition and agreements in place. This recognition by the EU further validates that South Africa’s aviation security regime is based on the principles of risk-based security measures and is also considered as low risk.  This is a big milestone for South African air carriers, as this means that they benefit from an exemption to the ACC3 regime beyond July 2014, provided the level of risk remains similarly low.  Further trade and economic benefits for South Africa and our air carriers is that no validators will be sent by the EU to evaluate the supply chain of air cargo security, and therefore airlines will be absolved from paying the costs involved in such an exercise. 

United States TSA Audit
South Africa participated in a United States Transport Security Administration Assessment on 11 and 12 June 2014.  The outcomes of this audit indicate that South Africa attracted not even a single finding or observation.  The SACAA also recognises the contribution of SAA, Delta Airlines as well as the Repair Stations that were selected for maintaining the same standards consistently. 

Inaugural African Aerospace Medicine Conference
The African Aerospace Medicine Conference, which took place in June 2014, was the first conference of its kind in Africa. The SACAA hosted 14 African countries in collaboration with the Department of Transport and in partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the University of Otago, New Zealand.  About 15 African States, notably with the majority from SADC, were in attendance at this conference which received accolades for its rich content and high quality speakers.  

Regional Cooperation
The SACAA contributes towards the safety and security record of the continent by means of assistance to its regional counterparts. In line with this objective the SACAA has entered into agreements to give, inter alia, technical assistance to Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana. Nine countries have received aviation technical assistance in line with national and regional strategies, and the organisational stakeholder plan.

The SACAA’s Aviation Medicine division is playing a leading role in developing an ICAO course on the screening of airports and control of communicable disease. The SACAA has concluded agreements with the Walter Sisulu University, Wits University and the University of Pretoria to roll out aviation medical training and to contribute to transformation. 

ICAO Compliance
During the 2013 ICAO Coordination Validation Mission audit, South Africa did not attract any significant safety concern regarding safety oversight, and in fact, tremendous improvement was noted in all areas that were assessed. 

First Type Certificate
The CAA issued its first type certificate (for the Jonker sailplanes) since its inception in 1998. 



Contact details

Building 16, Waterfall Park, Bekker Rd & Treur Close, Midrand, Johannesburg, 1682, South Africa
011 403 3035
Fax: 011 545 1455

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