Aviators Join ATNS in Celebrating 21 Years of Excellence in Air Traffic Services Provision

21 July 2014

Aviators from the African and European continents gathered in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, on Friday evening - to celebrate Air Traffic and Navigation Services’ (ATNS) 21 years of excellence in Air Traffic Services (ATS) provision. 

Global Aviation Associations and Organisations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), African Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) were represented at the event, which was characterised by moving speeches from renowned aviation experts. 

In his welcoming address, ATNS CEO, Thabani Mthiyane said the company has made definitive progress in the areas of aeronautical innovation and air traffic management. “ATNS continues to serve the Air Traffic Management community by deploying leading technologies, as well as continual improvement of safety levels”. 

“As we celebrate 21 years of excellence within our industry, we acknowledge the contributions made by our staff, who through the years, have shown remarkable dedication and professionalism. The increasing demand for ATNS’s expertise, services and business acumen from countries across the African continent provides the opportunity for ATNS to contribute towards the improvement of Africa’s economy and its safety record”. 

In closing, Thabani announced that ATNS has been announced as the host of the forthcoming CANSO AGM, to be held next June (2015) in Durban, South Africa. 

ATNS Chairman Captain Mpho Mamashela said “We are celebrating twenty-one (21) years of selfless and distinguished Air Navigation and Aviation Training service provision in South Africa and the continent. We have achieved notable milestones and successes which makes us a force to be reckoned with – globally. We also believe that ATNS’ success will ultimately be the success of the African continent, through improved safety levels, holistically skilled resources, world-class infrastructure and integrated planning in the provision of air navigation services. 

Aviation Safety is paramount and cannot be compromised. Zakhele Thwala, the Department of Transport Deputy Director-General responsible for Aviation said in his address. He went on to say that “the past few years have shown that the continent’s main focus is on aviation safety. This has led to less passenger aircraft accidents which have, as matter of fact, led to higher levels of confidence by the flying public – in using the African Airlines – to travel anywhere around the globe. 

After Zakhele’s speech, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of 298 victims of the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. 

Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa and Emanuel José da Conceição Chaves, Chairman and CEO of Aeroportos de(Airports) Moçambique, representing ATNS’ key stakeholders, spoke at length about their long-standing and sustainable relationships that they have had with the company, which has made a huge difference in the African Air Traffic Management (ATM) environment, with specific reference to Aviation Safety. 

In recognition of the International Mandela Day, ATNS launched a 6-month long Book Drive. Invitees to the Gala Dinner were requested to bring a book with – as part of the drive. In 2012, ATNS received over 5000 books from its staff - as part of the Mandela Day celebrations. These were later officially handed over to the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF).



  • ATM News

Subscribe to the CANSO publications