International Civil Aviation Day 2019 taking place on 6 – 7 December 2019 at Polokwane International Airport

26 November 2019 | Department of Transport

Approximately two-thousand (2000) learners of all ages and different school grades, including unemployed graduates, are expected to attend the *International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) celebrations, taking place on 6 – 7 December 2019 at Polokwane International Airport, Limpopo Province, South Africa. 

The ICAD 2019 theme is “75 years of connecting the world”.  

For the first time since ICAD was celebrated in South Africa, all Department of Transport entities will be show-casing their products and services at the event, including career and bursary programmes. 

The main objective of the two-day event, which will include an airshow, is to create aviation career awareness to the province’s learners and youth, who are deemed previously marginalized because of lack of access to resources, such as aviation-related information and opportunities.

It is a fact that some of the *major economic hubs in South Africa attract and offer youth and graduates from remote and rural areas excellent training and study, as well as employment opportunities.

They become professionals in their own right and some, if not all, make such metropolitan cities their homes. It has been ICAD’s mission to present such *aviation professionals to learners, in order to encourage them to follow careers available within the aviation industry. It is a single selfless act of giving back to their own communities.

To date, over 20 000 learners nationally have beneffitted immensely from ICAD-related initiatives and programmes. One of the successful projects is the *Joint Aviation Awareness Programme (JAAP).      
Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula  is expected to deliver a key-note address at an event which will see a number of senior national and provincial government officials attending.   

*International Civil Aviation Day 

ICAD is the yearly event. It aims to recognise the social, economic and developmental benefits of aviation. It commemorates the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO's) role in safety, efficiency and uniformity in global aviation as well as awareness amongst the nations.

International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO's 50th anniversary activities. In 1996, pursuant to an ICAO initiative and with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/51/33, which officially recognized 7 December as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.

*Major economic hubs

Gauteng is by far the largest contributor to South Africa's economy (with it making up over a third of SA's economy). It might be the smallest in terms of square kilometers but it clearly punches well above its weight when it comes to economic size. The significant influx of people and the coinciding development of the area has made  Gauteng into the economic super hub of South Africa.

Other significant provinces are KwaZulu-Natal (15.93%), this is largely due to the port activity taking place in Durban. And the same can be said about the Western Cape (13.79%) with their ports operating. The smallest contributor to South Africas economy is the Northern Cape (which as we found out earlier, South Africa's largest province in terms of land area or square kilometers).

*Aviation Professionals  

*Joint Aviation Awareness Programme (JAAP).       

The Joint Aviation Awareness Programme is a joint initiative by National Department of Transport, SACAA, ACSA, ATNS, SAA, SAPS Air-wing and SAAF. It is a tool that brings together aviation role players to pursue and achieve transformation within the aviation industry by ensuring that previously disadvantaged youth have access and play a part in initiatives aimed at education, awareness and career development.

Department of Transport 

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