The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) took a more daring step this year by introducing a new formation of licensing migration to license cards which will save many trees thereby minimising the footprint of aviation activities on the environment.
This step by the Department of Transport’s entity comes as a result of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) call to develop the economic infrastructure as the foundation of the social and economic developments.
According to the Deputy Minister of Transport Dikeledi Magadzi who was present at the event the realisation of this call requires focus on developing an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network, hence the Department’s emphasis on mobility and access to social and economic opportunities.
“This is achievable by facilitating and creating an enabling environment for maintaining the entire road network, modernising passenger rail and improving services with a commitment to integrated public transport.”
“The department’s strategic goals are thus, among others to ensure an efficient and integrated infrastructure network that serves as a catalyst for social and economic development; ensure a safe and secure transport sector; improve rural access, infrastructure and mobility, and increase the contribution of the transport sector to job creation,” said the Deputy Minister.
Magadzi further commended the SACAA for its strides and efforts in enhancing its systems by embracing technological innovations as the department develops new measures and new tolls for a more effective and efficient implementation of a safe and secure civil aviation industry.
“It is important to note that this system has been in existence for many years provoking a migration to a digital solution in line with the trends of our times.”
Speaking at the launch the Department of Transport’s Deputy Minister reflected on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speaking engagement notes during the 2010 Science, Technology and Innovation Dialogue in which he touched on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its implication on manufacturing and the global supply chain and the impact thereof of the new disruptive technology on humans and their livelihoods.
In addition to the recent formation, the Department of Transport is hard at work to find appropriate technologies to be used by persons with disabilities to safely navigate complex public transport environments.