SA and Zimbabwe Air Navigation Service Providers sign agreement

15 November 2017 | Department of Transport

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Ltd and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) have signed a Letter of Procedure on the coordination of aircraft and reviewed an existing Joint Bilateral Agreement on Search and Rescue between South Africa (SA) and Zimbabwe. 

The letter entails coordination procedures for aircraft flying across a border between two adjacent countries. This letter lays out the routes to be followed by aircraft and the separation that must be implemented between aircraft following or approaching each other at the same level or altitude, among others. It also ensures safe passage of flights between the common border. The letter was reviewed and signed and will be effective for another year before the next review.

This follows a recent visit to Harare, Zimbabwe, by a South African delegation. There is an existing Joint Bilateral Committee on Search and Rescue between South Africa (SA) and Zimbabwe (See attached image). The purpose of this committee is to maintain international cooperation between the two countries on Search and Rescue affairs, with specific focus on regional airspace harmonization and resource sharing. 

The existing bilateral agreement was reviewed and will in due course, be submitted to both the South African Minister of Transport and his Zimbabwean counterpart. A resolution was adopted to initiate joint full scale and regular search and rescue exercises. To complete this soon-to-be regular process, it is proposed that peer review and gap analysis assessment (monitoring and evaluation) be undertaken. 

The South African delegation was led by Mr Patrick Modiba, Department of Transport; Mr Sibusiso Nkabinde, ATNS Head of Aeronautical Search and Rescue; Mr Frank Masoga and Ms Koketjo Babili, both from Aircraft Accident Investigations Department – South African Civil Aviation Authority. 

The SA Delegation was taken on a tour of the Harare International Airport, recently renamed Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport - and its Air Traffic Services Tower facility. 

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