Johannesburg - South Africa’s results of an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) have risen from 83.83% to 86.71%.
This is an increase of 3.43 in the level of effective implementation of ICAO’s critical elements with 86.71% significantly higher than the world average of 60%. This puts South Africa at position one in Africa and 33 globally. Before the audit, South Africa was at position 41 globally in relation to ICAO’s Effective Implementation and at position 2 in Africa.
Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi announced the ICAO 2017 prelimenary audit results at the OR Tambo International Airport on Monday.
ICAO is the United Nation’s specialised agency responsible for aviation. It was established in 1944 by to set standards to ensure a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. South Africa is one of the 191 ICAO Member States.
The global concern on the apparent inability of some of the member states to carry out their safety oversight functions led to ICAO introducing the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).
"I must point out that completing an audit without a significant safety concern is extremely important. This means that based on a proclamation of a Significant Safety Concern against a particular state, other countries or regions may take a decision to ban airlines and other operators of the country which a Significant Safety Concern has been raised against from flying over and into their airspace," the minister explained.