No policies, MOU in place for Fireblade, Parliament hears

Fireblade Aviation's terminal at OR Tambo. (Fireblade Aviation website)
Fireblade Aviation's terminal at OR Tambo. (Fireblade Aviation website)

The operation of Fireblade Aviation private air traffic terminal would likely have to continue until a memorandum of understanding and policy were in place on the matter, Home Affairs acting director general Thulani Mavuso told Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs on Tuesday evening.

Committee member for the African National Congress (ANC) Dineo Raphuti urged the department to put an agreement in place, as operations were already in place.

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba told the committee, however, that under the department there was no policy on private VVIP terminals. 

"This is the first one of its kind to be arrived at in this manner. There is no policy. The policy now needs to be developed so that it can provide a framework for how such issues are dealt with going forward," said Gigaba, early on in the meeting.

Gigaba said he would consult with Cabinet colleagues on how best to formalise the arrangement and create a policy that would allow the operations to continue, such that they did not undermine the state’s role at ports of entry. 

"The other question that arises is whose custody such a function would be. Airports will fall under ACSA (Airports Company South Africa) and the Department of Transport. Home Affairs provides but one service in the space of terminals and ports of entry," Gigaba said.

Mavuso said the department was working on a memorandum and policy to guide such operations, as applications for similar terminals were in the works for terminals in Cape Town and George. He said it was vital that the department "avoids doing something that will come back to bite it".

* Sign up to Fin24's top news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO FIN24 NEWSLETTER

ZAR/USD
16.81
(+0.48)
ZAR/GBP
21.26
(+0.42)
ZAR/EUR
19.05
(+0.74)
ZAR/AUD
11.75
(+0.66)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(+0.68)
Gold
1808.61
(+0.04)
Silver
18.92
(+1.28)
Platinum
850.34
(+0.31)
Brent Crude
43.32
(+0.49)
Palladium
1953.00
(+2.62)
All Share
56335.91
(+0.83)
Top 40
52020.75
(+0.90)
Financial 15
10353.12
(+0.76)
Industrial 25
78184.03
(+0.88)
Resource 10
53241.39
(+0.85)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'm not really directly affected
18% - 1851 votes
I am taking a hit, but should be able to recover in the next year
23% - 2420 votes
My finances have been devastated
34% - 3601 votes
It's still too early to know what the full effect will be
25% - 2591 votes
Vote