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Oliver Empowerment Awards

Ms Khoza also 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 and in 2018 Ms Khoza won the Top Empowered: Business Leader Of the Year Award. Furthermore, in 2021 the SACAA was a finalist for 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 SACAA also won the in the Investing in People category of the National Business Awards in November 2017.

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.

CEO Global Pan African Awards

On 25 October 2018, the Director of Civil Aviation scooped the Aviation Sector and Regional (SADC South) Award at the CEO Global Pan African Awards.  CEO Global champions the growth and prosperity of the African continent and as part of these efforts, recognition is given to the women and men leading and achieving in their regional sectors.  CEO Global has been at the forefront of this recognition for many years, and the finalists represent some of the very best.

EU Africa Women Summit Award

In realising the rights of women, the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development in conjunction with the African Leadership Magazine and Amazons Watch Magazine, presented the EU – Africa Women Summit in Paris from 4 to 6 July. This Summit brought together the thoughts, insights and divergent views of female luminaries from the worlds of business and politics in the EU as well as their African counterparts, who have shown extraordinary commitment towards defence for human rights, as well as that of stakeholders and experts on issues relating to women's rights, equality and justice.  Ms Poppy Khoza was announced as the winner of the Impactful Leadership Award during this event.


Standard Bank Top Women Awards

On 15 August 2019, the South African Civil Aviation Authority was selected as one of the esteemed Gender Icons in commemoration of 25 Years of Democracy at the 16th Standard Bank Top Women Awards. 


.Gov Institute

The SA Civil Aviation Authority has been certified a Best Performing Entity by the .Gov Institute, following the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 2017/18 audit outcomes, wherein the organisation achieved a clean audit outcome that relates to the five financial years up to the 2017/18 financial 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, 2016 and 2018 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 and 2018 awards ceremonies and was the runner up in this category during the 2016 awards.

Auditor-General's Award for a Clean Audit Five Years in Succession

The SACAA was the recipient of the Auditor-General's award for five years in succession for producing a clean audit during the 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 2015/16 and 2016/17 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.  In 2020/21, the SACAA achieved another clean audit from the Auditor-General with no material findings.  This is the eighth clean audit since the Auditor-General started auditing the SACAA in the past nine years.

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. 


The South African Civil Aviation Authority has been accepted as a member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM).  IAASM aims to promote and search for new knowledge in aerospace and medicine and contributes to international cooperation among those devoted to education and research in this particular field.

ICAO Compliance

During the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) conducted in 2013, South Africa did not attract any significant safety concern regarding civil aviation safety oversight and surveillance.  South Africa attained an Effective Implementation (EI) of 83,83%. In fact, tremendous improvement was noted in all areas that were validated.  Furthermore, during the 2017 ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme Continuous Monitoring Approach Audit (USOAP CMA) South Africa achieved an EI rating of 87.39%. This is a substantial improvement from the last audit undertaken by the country in 2013.  The audit results further indicated that South Africa scored a remarkable 100% achievement on the Primary Aviation Legislation and Specific Operating Regulations (LEG) and Civil Aviation Organisation (ORG) audit areas. Subsequent to this last audit the SACAA, by the end of FY 2020/21, closed 91.36% of the findings, including those relating to the AIID.

First Type Certificate

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

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