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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by pietmeyer » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:24 am

African Flyer wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:49 pm
With all this going on at Boom, is it worth joining a flight school that is based there or not?
Problems wiith management only. Airport still in great condition and schools are great. Purely administrative issues
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by pietmeyer » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:27 am

paulw wrote:
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Do the guys from Skeerpoort still supply fuel?
I bought some AVGAS from them at some stage when Wonderboom was without fuel.

Also carted in jerry cans from Kitty Hawk
Yes Skeerpoort delivers to FAWB and there is a Whatsapp group informing of whenntrucknis on site. Wannafly is also on site onnfull-time basis that also supplies avgas and Jet1 fuel.
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Things at FAWB are worse than we thought?

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Re: Things at FAWB are worse than we thought?

Unread post by African Flyer » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:28 pm

:shock: [-( unbelievable! Hence my question last month...
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by rare bird » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:59 pm

there was an article in Noseweek last month - similar story
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Deanw » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:22 am

20 November 2019: OUTA media statement
What’s going on at Wonderboom airport?

Whistleblowers tell OUTA how the current Wonderboom airport management flouts Tshwane contract policies and still gets paid by the city

OUTA was approached by whistleblowers who revealed the serious state at Wonderboom airport.

The City of Tshwane (CoT) is believed to have hired a private company to manage Wonderboom Airport in contravention of City procurement rules and policies.

Wonderboom Airport is owned by the City that holds the airport licence from the SA Civil Aviation Authority and is deemed to be an asset of the City.

In terms of the licence and the Civil Aviation Regulations, a senior person – an individual – must be appointed as the accountable manager or compliance officer.

Instead, the City hired a private company in 2017 to manage the airport and who then appointed one of their own employees as the airport manager. The licence conditions were not amended to allow for this.

“The appointment of the private company as manager of Wonderboom Airport was irregular in that they have expertise in airport security training and risk and asset management and not in airport management,” said OUTA in the letter to the City. “In terms of the licence conditions, the position of Airport Manager refers to a person and said person must be employed by the licence holder, in this case the CoT.”

The City is believed to have flouted its own procurement rules when the private company was appointed by inventing a fictional doomsday scenario. The license of the airport would have been revoked if an airport manager was not urgently appointed. 

The appointment of a private company to manage the airport was made in November 2017, however, the appointment was subject to the drafting and signing by both parties of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) before any work could commence.  The private company commenced its work in November 2017 but the SLA was only signed by both parties six months later, in June 2018. The Auditor General’s (AG) report on the CoT shows that all payments from November 2017 to June 2018 was classified as irregular expenditure.

This contributed to the AG’s finding of the CoT’s R5 billion irregular expenditure in its most recent financial audit report.

OUTA wrote to the City of Tshwane on 5 November 2019, calling for answers to the allegations it received.  In the letter to the city, OUTA specifically asked for the city to cancel the contract with the private company and for a qualified airport manager to be appointed. OUTA also requested that the city recoup the money which was paid to the private company for the period of November 2017 – June 2018. Additionally, OUTA has urged the city to investigate and take action against the individuals involved with the deal.  To date, OUTA has not received any response from the City and will continue to engage in order to find answers to its concerns. 
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by snoopy » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:37 am

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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by V5 - LEO » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:50 am

Deanw wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:22 am
20 November 2019: OUTA media statement
Trimmed
In terms of the licence and the Civil Aviation Regulations, a senior person – an individual – must be appointed as the accountable manager or compliance officer.

Instead, the City hired a private company in 2017 to manage the airport and who then appointed one of their own employees as the airport manager. The licence conditions were not amended to allow for this.

“The appointment of the private company as manager of Wonderboom Airport was irregular in that they have expertise in airport security training and risk and asset management and not in airport management,” said OUTA in the letter to the City. “In terms of the licence conditions, the position of Airport Manager refers to a person and said person must be employed by the licence holder, in this case the CoT.”

The City is believed to have flouted its own procurement rules when the private company was appointed by inventing a fictional doomsday scenario. The license of the airport would have been revoked if an airport manager was not urgently appointed. 
....ok so, CAA turns a blind eye since 2017 - yet another airline get suspended in the wink of an eye by same organization for irregular paperwork :shock:

...where are those that still think and belief that CAA is impartial and capable??

...admittedly there are some gems of individuals in the org, just a pity that gems and their super efforts get covered in manure all too regularly.

...yes please OUTA, help help help!
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:59 pm

V5 - LEO wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:50 am
Deanw wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:22 am
20 November 2019: OUTA media statement
Trimmed
In terms of the licence and the Civil Aviation Regulations, a senior person – an individual – must be appointed as the accountable manager or compliance officer.

Instead, the City hired a private company in 2017 to manage the airport and who then appointed one of their own employees as the airport manager. The licence conditions were not amended to allow for this.

“The appointment of the private company as manager of Wonderboom Airport was irregular in that they have expertise in airport security training and risk and asset management and not in airport management,” said OUTA in the letter to the City. “In terms of the licence conditions, the position of Airport Manager refers to a person and said person must be employed by the licence holder, in this case the CoT.”

The City is believed to have flouted its own procurement rules when the private company was appointed by inventing a fictional doomsday scenario. The license of the airport would have been revoked if an airport manager was not urgently appointed. 
....ok so, CAA turns a blind eye since 2017 - yet another airline get suspended in the wink of an eye by same organization for irregular paperwork :shock:

...where are those that still think and belief that CAA is impartial and capable??

...admittedly there are some gems of individuals in the org, just a pity that gems and their super efforts get covered in manure all too regularly.

...yes please OUTA, help help help!
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Bell 407 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:17 am

Tshwane appoints consultancy firm in attempt to save Wonderboom National Airport

The City of Tshwane has appointed a "transaction advisory" firm to conduct a review into operations at the embattled Wonderboom National Airport.

On Thursday, the City announced that the company, Ntiyiso Consulting, had been briefed to review the technical, financial and legal framework of the airport as well as to propose viable funding models for the facility, among other things.

This follows reports that the airport was all but collapsing under the weight of allegations of mismanagement.

Earlier this month, News24 reported the City's oversight committee on roads and transport had uncovered evidence of not only mismanagement, but corruption and even embezzlement at the airport.

Some of the committee's findings were:

- About R8m and R5m for the construction of a hangar and training centre appear to have been embezzled;
- R3m was spent on the construction of a lift which never materialised;
- R800 000 was spent on the construction of a wall which airport management had no clue about;
- There is no occupational health and safety certificate for the airport;
- A hangar that was supposed to be for maintenance and used as a depot cannot be used because of bad construction.
Investigations

Starting in January 2020, the "transaction advisory" consultants will assess a wide range of elements pertaining to the airport over a period of two years.

According to the City, this mandate included:

- Drafting of the airport's business plan and ensure alignment with the City's strategic plan and objectives;
- Attending to labour relation issues;
- Identifying and addressing capacity gaps;
- Identifying, evaluating and mitigating potential risks;
- Addressing the current operational needs and carrying out a benchmarking exercise against other airport operations.

But the consultants will not be the first to attempt to rescue the airport.

The oversight committee called for a full forensic investigation into Wonderboom. But it now appears as though there have been other forensic investigations, which do not appear to have yielded results.

Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport Sheila Senkubuge said on Thursday there was an internal investigation into Wonderboom and the results were given to the mayor's office in June. These have not been made public.

She added the oversight committee's recommendations were noted but were "neither here nor there".

Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa said on Thursday "some forensic reports" were referred to his office and cases had been opened but some of those who were complicit had died.

Senkubuge said the appointment of the "transaction advisory" firm was part of a number of recommendations contained in a report by the University of Pretoria into Wonderboom, which was commissioned in 2016.

Private management

The airport belongs to the municipality but for the past two years, the City has outsourced its management to a private company, Professional Aviation Services (PAS).

Concerns from the City's own legal and supply chain management divisions raised concerns about the lawfulness of the appointment, as News24 previously reported, which was extended on a deviation from National Treasury rules recently.

Senkubuge said the deviation was to extend the PAS contract already in place. It remains to be seen whether the Auditor-General will agree with this view, and whether it is allowed according to Treasury rules.

She added the City would always need external help to run Wonderboom as managing an airport was not part of its mandate or competency.

This is despite the fact that the City managed Wonderboom in-house for decades before outsourcing the function in 2017.

On Wednesday, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) called on the City to come clean about allegations that the airport had been mismanaged, and said it must cancel the contract it has with PAS.

'Not fit for purpose'

Mokgalapa admitted the airport faced serious challenges, making the City question its long-term viability. He added that if it did not become commercially viable, the City would consider the possibility of selling it off.

"The airport is not fit for purpose," Mokgalapa said. "If it is not commercially viable, I see no value [in it]."

He added the City had spent millions on the airport but had received no return on its investment despite the immense potential for economic growth the airport had.

Mokgalapa said if Wonderboom could not be saved, the City would begin a public participation process to assess whether the airport should be sold or leased.

He added he was "horrified" to discover that the airport posed a national security risk because aircraft were flying in and out daily with no oversight from immigration services.

On the side-lines of Thursday's press conference, PAS' managing director, Robert Garbett, told News24 the company had stabilised the airport, saying the Civil Aviation Authority had found 89 instances of non-compliance before PAS was brought in, and many of these had now been fixed.

He said there were a number of problems at the airport related to corruption and factionalism for which PAS was not responsible.

Mokgalapa defended PAS, saying a plane ferrying guests to the Gupta family wedding, which famously landed at Waterkloof military airport in 2013, initially wanted to land at Wonderboom.

"If we didn't have a company that could have jammed the signal, [the Gupta plane] would have landed at Wonderboom," Mokgalapa said.

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News ... t-20191121
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Re: State of FAWB (Wonderboom)

Unread post by Roo1valk » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:08 pm

Just saw FAWB had been downgraded to CAT II, no night flights permitted.

This should have a huge impact on flight schools there?

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