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Introduction

The objective of national and international civil aviation security is safeguarding civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference. In order to achieve this objective airports, air carriers, air navigation services, catering stores and catering supplies service providers and ground handling services in the Republic are governed in a coordinated and systematic manner through the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP) and relevant Civil Aviation Regulations. Furthermore, these entities are required to have an approved security programme or manual detailing security measures and procedures in place to meet both national and international requirements. It is in this context that the Airports and Airlines department is a key role player within the Aviation Security division, ensuring industry participants adhere to the NASP and applicable Civil Aviation Regulations for a safe, secure, thriving and sustainable civil aviation.  

 

Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Airports and Airlines Department are to promote, regulate and enforce the Civil Aviation Act No. 13 of 2009, through the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP) and the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011. This is executed through:

  • The implementation of aviation security policies, regulations, and industry best practice;
  • Promotion of a security culture throughout civil aviation;
  • Deployment of professional high-performance teams;
  • Stakeholder engagement and management;
  • Partnerships with key State security organs;
  • Implementation of aviation security best practices;
  • Provision of guidance material to assist airports, air carriers, air navigation services, catering stores and catering supplies service providers and airport handling services develop and incorporate as appropriate security provisions in new or existing documents and procedures. 

 

Sections in the Airports and Airlines department

The Airports and Airlines Department is subdivided into two sections,

  1. Airports and Airlines; and
  2. Non Scheduled Operations and General Aviation

1.    Airports and Airlines

The Airports and Airlines section oversees all security related activities in relation to designated airports, airlines with scheduled operations, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), catering stores and catering supplies service providers and ground handling services. 

The role of this section is to enforce provisions of Part 111 of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011 and the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP) through but not limited to the following activities:

  • Performance of the various quality control and assurance functions;
  • Development and provision of technical guidance material and information to entities regulated under Part 111 of the Civil Aviation Regulations;
  • Performance of approval obligations in relation to designation of an airport, designation of the official responsible for aviation security, security programmes/manuals/procedures, application for extraordinary security measures at a designated airport, application and renewal of air operator certificates, permits or airport licences to ensure the entity's fulfilment of security obligations;
  • Regulation development; and   
  • Provision of recommendations for the revision of the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP).

 

2.    Non Scheduled Operations and General Aviation

The Non Scheduled Operations and General Aviation section oversees all security related activities in relation to non designated aerodromes, non scheduled air carriers, and general aviation.

The role of this section is to enforce provisions of Part 114 (awaiting) of the Civil Aviation Regulations and the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP) through but not limited to the following activities:

  • Performance of the various quality control and assurance functions;
  • Development and provision of technical guidance material and information to entities regulated under Part 114 (pending) of the Civil Aviation Regulations;
  • Performance of approval obligations in relation to official appointed for the responsibility of aviation security, security programme, application and renewal of air operator certificates, permits or aerodrome licences to ensure the entity's fulfilment of security obligations;
  • Regulation development; and   
  • Provision of recommendations for the revision of the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP).

 

National Aviation Security Programme (NASP)

The Civil Aviation Act (Act No. 13 of 2009) and associated regulations, together with this programme, establish the basic legal authority for the implementation of civil aviation security policies, practices and procedures. The NASP ensures that the national requirements, policies and procedures which cover all relevant provisions of Annex 17 are consistently outlined as specified within the relevant Regulations.

The NASP is designed to meet the international standards and recommended practices contained in Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944 (Chicago Convention), as well as related aviation security provisions found in other annexes.

 

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