The Flight School

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Oudtshoorn. 8 May 2012. 08h00. When things happen without notice most everyone notices.

There are aircraft in the skies above Oudtshoorn.

Pilots are being trained to exacting standards.

It’s a huge business and enormous amounts of money are involved… Fighter pilots are trained; fighter pilots are worth millions and control expensive national assets.

OO has followed the money and will soon report on the flow and on the beneficiaries.

But for the moment The Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA – also the acronym for Texas Fathers Against Sexual Assault, I kid you not) and the Avic International Flight Academy (AIFA) are seated in Oudtshoorn and represent the single biggest business event for many a year in an economy ravaged by foreign austerity and local viruses.

We need AIFA and TFASA, to be sure. We need AIFA and TFASA for a long time. The AIFA/TFASA initiative may very well be the economic lifeline Oudtshoorn needs.

But Oudtshoorn’s Government is fixing to ruin the opportunity.

For Oudtshoorn’s Government is run by a grade sixer with a cadre of feckless executives and a questionable administration consisting of a Municipal Manager and a Director Corporate Services whose very appointments are being challenged in the High Court, even by the Provincial Minister of Local Government; and a CFO who should not run the finances of a toddler’s lemonade stand.

AIFA did well in securing the use of the Oudtshoorn aerodrome.

AIFA is a company run by professional managers and technical experts and have a duty to secure operating environments at the best possible prices to maximise shareholder wealth through effective and efficient training operations.

The lot on the South Western corner of Voortrekker and Langenhoven was, and remains, no match for the AIFA team.

According to the Municipal Manager, in a letter dated March 16, “no lease has been concluded with AVIC; AIFA or the George Flight Training Centre for the purpose of operating a commercial flight training facility from (sic) the premises”.

The MM also confirms that “no contract document has been entered into and signed with AVIC, AIFC or the George Flight Training Centre for the purpose of arranging a Commercial Flight Training facility from (sic) the premises”.

And, continues the MM, “no income is generated at this stage from AVIC, AIFA or the George Flight Training Centre”.

The Director Corporate Services, in a letter of March 18, confirms the MM’s claim that no contract is in existence and adds the name of TFSA (sic) to the list.

The Director states that “a portion of landing fees, being less than R1,000.00 per month” is being received by the Municipality and that the current contract between the Municipality and the Aero Club “appears to be unsatisfactory”.

AIFA secured Oudtshoorn’s facilities at bargain basement prices. And, frankly, good for them! But it was as easy as relieving oneself in the shower.

When this Goldilocks deal was made, your interests, my longsuffering reader, was represented by The Reverend Noël Pietersen; Llewellyn Coetzee, acting for Thembani Gutas; and Greg Baartman. The sixth grader was Mayor. In their defence it must be said that political instruction from the Comrades Government can not altogether be ruled out. But the owners of the little house; of the beds; of the chairs; of the very porridge, were again the losers.

It should be said that the statement this Thursday last, during a Business Chamber function in theAIFA hanger, by AIFA boss, Willie Marais, that the people of Oudtshoorn are “very privileged” to have the training school in their midst, would have gone down smoother with a reference to the mutual privilege.

OO’s point of view is extremely elementary:

AIFA must pay for the use of the aerodrome, and pay handsomely, as Oudtshoorn offers a unique flight training environment with a high prevalence of cloudless skies, placing it in the top echelon of like facilities anywhere in the world.

Furthermore, the Oudtshoorn aerodrome is adequately established, yet sufficiently fallow to be developed to the specific needs and wants of AIFA, making this aerodrome an ideal base for sustainable long-term operations.

The fees are to be paid to the Municipality to use for the benefit of ratepayers and residents. The proven inability of the Municipality to manage funds is hardly a matter for AIFA’s consideration.

All legislation governing relevant contracts and operations must be strictly adhered to. This includes environmental impact demands; comprehensive safety regulations and ordinances; and public participation as the ratepayers own the aerodrome, being “shareholders” of the Municipality.

This ownership of the very facility AIFA needs for its operations distinguishes AIFA from any other business venture establishing in Oudtshoorn.

The driving principle should be that AIFA be allowed its rightful profits, but not at the instance of ratepayer and resident potential income, and tranquility.

In order to ensure adherence to all relevant eventual agreements and contracts, a peer evaluation committee should be formed with members from AIFA; the Municipality; and the community – represented by ORPA and the Business Chamber.

It’s as easy as that.

Yet again Oudtshoorn’s residents have nearly been sold down the river by incompetent representatives.

The Oudtshoorn-AIFA deal can be secured to the benefit of all parties. But then the deal is to be brokered by Oudtshoorn Business and ratepayers, and AIFA. Clearly the Council is not fit to represent the people of Oudtshoorn.

Oudtshoorn needs a new, party politically independent government.

The current lot – ANC, DA, Icosa and NPP – just ain’t cuttin’ it. And then some.

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17 thoughts on “The Flight School

  1. Ek bly nie naby die lughawe nie en sal verseker nie nou in ‘n eiendom bele in die neerstryk sone na die lughawe nie, MAAR ek dink dat die ‘SQUATERKAMP’, Riemvasmaak, gelee reg langs die hoofroete na Johannesburg tans ‘n baie groter neagatiewe impak het op huispryse in Oudtshoorn. Die afwesigheid van enige draadheinings vir die eerste 8 kilometer aan beide kante van die betrokke pad (gesteel) laat veel te wense. Die plekkie lyk vir my deesdae meer en meer soos ‘n dorp in Zim…

  2. O Jitte. Ek kan net lag! Die sogenaamde geraas, wonder heokom dit sekere mense pla, laat my met ‘n gevoel van opgewondenheid. Dit beteken daar is mense wat LEWE. Mense wat ‘n ‘n doel in die lewe het en ‘n verskil wil maak. Nee wat die belaglikheid van huispryse wat geval agv die geraas het is verregaande.( Is julle bewus van die volstruis krissis?) Die huispryse gaan egter val en die dorp gaan doodloop as julle nie vinnig wakker word en hierdie mense ondersteun nie. As hulle trek, en dit is baie moontlik, is hier niks en niemand om hierdie pragtige dorp aan die gang te hou nie. Stop julle suurgatgeid en staan saam vir ‘n verandering.

  3. Nou wat sou ons geliefde huispryse gemaak het as TFASA nie voortgegaan het nie en die lughawe in lae koste behuising omskep was?

  4. Dis nie net die onbeholpe Munisipaliteit wat n stok in vliegskool se vlerke wil steek nie, maar ook die klomp fossiele kla kouse van Oudtshoorn, dis nou tyd om saam te staan en hul uit te werk.

  5. Hoe kortsigtig was ons dekades gelede toe ons nie die lughawe in ons dorp wou he nie. Dis toe uiteindelik George toe geskuif en ons sal vandag ons gesamentlike voortande gee om die klok te kan terugdraai. Die lughawe sou glo n negatiewe impak het op volstruis se kind. Die volstruis is nou in sy happy kannon maar die ekonomiese voordele wat George het met die lughawe staan nog steeds. Moenie so kortsigtig wees en cheap political points probeer score nie.

  6. EWN has just quoted Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on leases: “Years of poor management provided fertile terrain for fraud and corruption.”

    Dis júis die punt: As ons elementêre bestuursbeginsels nie nakom nie, verval bestuur baie gou in bedrog en korrupsie.

  7. John jou vraag is die hanger en inspeksie daarvan hoekom verlig jy ons nie lyk my jy weet soveel

  8. Gedurende Maart 2010 het die Oudit komitee na vele navrae besluit dat bestuur ernstige aandag aan die lughawe kontrakte moet skenk en dat die raad dringend hierna moet kyk. Teen die tyd wat die laaste Oudit komitee vergadering gehou was gedurende September 2010 was geen aanvaarbare antwoorde ontvang nie.
    Terloops, die dametjie “regs adviseer” wat so `n mooi skeidings pakket gekry het was daardie tyd in beheer van kontrakte. Need I say more.

  9. Inderdaad, Nike!

    Dit gaan oor skoon, deirsigtige. Doelgerigte en doeltreffende administrasie!

    Die “issue” is nié met TFASA nié, maar met die onkapabele raad en administrasie!

    Hierdie is maar één van verskeie bewyse dat die raad en die administrasie nie in staat is om Oudtshoorn se sake te bestuur nie.

    Ek skryf later vandag ‘n berig wat drie ander sake uitwys as onomstootlike bewys van die raad en die administrasie se onvermoë om Oudtshoorn te bestuur.

    Die karre in Buitekantstraat raas baie meer as die vliegtuie… maar ek is skrikkerig vir straalvliegtuie.

    Natuurlik kan hierdie saak bygelê word – solank Oudtshoorn se inwoners deur kundiges verteenwoordig word en nie deur standerd ses-klonge en amptenare wat mooit aangestel moes gewees het nie!

  10. Dankie John! Ek stem saam met die OBV dat prosedures en reels moet gevolg word. Skoon administrasie en al daai goed. Dis reg OBV, veg daarvoor. NIKE staan vol agter julle.

    MAAR

    Impakstudie op n lughawe wat al meer as 70 jaar bestaan is klomp snert en om te redeneer dat die verhoogde lugaktiwiteite huispryse laat daal het is n moerse joke, daarom het ek so lekker gelag. Dit laat my dink aan die destydse HNP verkiesingsveldtogte. Maak n groot bohaai oor niks wat net n paar mense gaan glo. n Argument wat geen water dra nie. So het hulle probeer steun werf en het hulle ook niks bereik nie.

  11. NIKE ek like jou . belasting betalirs vereniging moet liewer studie doen oor hulle inpak in oudtshoorn indien enige

  12. NIKE jy verstaan natuurlik dan nie waarom daar Stelsels Wette en Ordinansies en Aktes bestaan nie – hulle bestaan om alle inwoners van Oudtshoorn se regte te beskerm om te verseker dat wat tans hier aan die gebeur is nie gebeur nie! Hoe dink jy voel die inwoners wat onder die aanloop en neerstryk area van die lughawe bly; hoe dink jy impak die verhoogde vliegaktiwiteit hul reg tot stilte en die waardes van hul wonings, Dr Horst Millitor wat oorkant die Wesbank Tennisbane vier jaar terug sy huis gekoop het, het onlangs n aanbod van R 3,1 mil opsy huis verloor agv van die tans onwettige gebruik van die lughawe perseel en uitverhuuring daarvan deur die Munisipaliteit. Publieke deelname en Omgewings Impak Studies versker daar reels vanoptrede in die kontrak ingeskryf word wat die gemeenskap beskerm. Die Hanger is nie wettig opgerig deur AIFA nie omdat die Munisipaliteit in die eerste plek nie hierdie situasie van die begin af korrek hanteer word nie hul operasionele aspek groei daagliks wat wonderlik is vir hul ‘bottom’ line maar tans verdien slegs ‘n paar persone in Oudtshoorn iets uit hul bedrywighede uit en die Munisipaliteit wat eindlik moet baat vind uit die verhuuring van die Munisipale Vliegveld verdien nie ‘n sent nie want die AeroClub van oudtshoorn wat die huidige huurders is van die Oudtshoorn Vliegveld onderverhuur tans aan die Vliegskool wat ook onwettig is want die AeroClub is volgens hul kontrak met die Munisipaliteit nie geregtig tot onderverhuuring nie – SOOOO WAAR GAAN DIE GELD DAN HEEN wat AIFA aan Oudtshoor en sy inwoners belowe sonder ‘n geldige kontrak wat ondersteun word deur die korrekte prosesse gaan net AIFA voordeel trek uit die situasie!

  13. Ek is bly die vliegskole is hier. Goeie ding vir Oudtshoorn. Sien nie die nut vir n impakstudie nie, want die lughawe is mos lankal hier en ek hoop dit groei. Doen eerder n impakstudie en ondersoek op daai f..op langs die hangers. Daai korrupte drivingschools! Niemand sal nie, want die ANC benefit mos daaruit.

  14. OO, i concur..to quote you..”The current lot – ANC, DA, Icosa and NPP – just ain’t cuttin’ it. And then some.
    They also proved over and over again that they…” should not run the finances of a toddler’s lemonade stand.”

    Behoede die Franchizee- (alle ODNners) , wanneer sulke onbeholpe, onbevoegde en korrupte trogvretende Franchizors die show so aanhoudend beduiwel met absoluut geen dividende in sig, net aanhoudende groeiende tekorte. In die privaatsektor sou diesulkes lankal gefire en aangekla gewees het, “proof that they in real life just cant cut it ANYWHERE and for all to see !!

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