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Friday 18 October 2019

NEWS & EVENTS

Friday, 17 May 2019: ESWATINI SEARCH AND RESCUE COORDINATING COMMITTEE MEETING

The Authority recently hosted a one day Search and Rescue Committee Meeting. The purpose of this meeting was for the committee to create a working plan that will ensure a coordinated, effective, efficient and economical aeronautical Search and Rescue (SAR) service within the borders of Eswatini. Participants of the meeting included the Royal Eswatini Police Services, Meteorological Services, Eswatini Airlink, Immigration, National Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Eswatini Revenue Services.

This workshop was led by South African Search and Rescue Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre Chief, Santjie White who displayed to the meeting the critical roles of the various Search and Rescue players in aircraft accidents. In the same breath Santje reminded the participants the importance of the motto, “joining hands so that others may live”.

The committee had a lengthy discussion on their responsibilities which includes providing a standing forum for co-ordination of administrative and operational SAR matters; providing an interface with other national and international organizations involved in emergency service provision; developing, maintaining and overseeing SAR policy manual, promoting the effective use of all available facilities for SAR and lastly, facilitating awareness campaigns.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019: ICAO RISK MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recently conducted a Risk Management Workshop in the country as part of the ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative. This is a new course that is designed to assist ICAO Members States in their implementation of the Global Risk Context Statement, as well as aid the appropriate development and application of risk-based safety and security measures in airport operations. The Global Risk Context Statement is a robust tool for conducting systematic and thorough risk assessments and also assists States in their efforts to protect air transport and prevent its misuse in unlawful acts. The four-day interactive workshop was conducted by ICAO’s Instructors, Mr Charles Rombo from Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), and Ms Trudy Sebastian from South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). This workshop was attended by twenty two (22) participants who consisted of aviation security management, ESWACAA regulator, ESWACAA operator and aviation key stakeholders, which include, the Eswatini Airlink, Royal Eswatini Police Services, Government Ministries, and the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force.

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