Govt signals Caaz unbundling

HARARE - Government is implementing the long-awaited plan to unbundle air travel parastatal, the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz), into two separate entities.

David Chawota, Caaz chief executive, said one of the new formations will assume the regulatory responsibility while the other will be in charge of commercial operations.

“The issue… is still being promulgated by government and will be implemented once the necessary statutes are in place,” he said.

The initiative, expected to be implemented by year-end, will ensure good governance and efficiency within the aviation industry.

“This is in order to further strengthen the oversight system and open commercialisation possibilities for the development of our airport systems,” said Chawota.

This comes as the authority has already invested more than $30 million in refurbishing the Harare International Airport.

Caaz — responsible for regulating Zimbabwe’s airspace and managing airports — requires a total of $400 million in investing in other airports’ facilities to keep them in line with international standards.

Zimbabwe has approximately nine airports, until recently all had not been upgraded in the past decade.

“We have a 10-year developmental programme that is geared to implement projects to the tune of $400
million covering airports, airspace and human capital development projects,” said Chawota.

He added that smaller airports such as Buffalo Range and others required attention including the establishment of air space navigation infrastructure.

“We need to ascertain how much will be required to set up such infrastructure, the type of equipment, how many stations and the personnel needed for such an initiative,” said Chawota.

Zimbabwe has also gained tremendous benefits from its membership of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) including access to expert advice, audit inspections, technical assistance and skills development programmes for aviation personnel among others.

Caaz’s oversight function as the national aviation regulator recently enabled the national airline Air Zimbabwe to be re-registered following the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (Iosa) in December 2012.

Iosa is an internationally-recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.

It was developed by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) with the primary objective of improving airline operational safety, efficiency and quality, through the industry`s first globally accepted audit programme.

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