Operational Review

Members will be receiving the 2018 SATSA membership invoice, reflecting the 5.5% increase, by early December. This will be followed by an annual review email by middle January 2018. This fully online review is designed to speed up the process for you and at the same time provide SATSA with the required documents to vouch for your credibility.

As per our newly adopted Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), all membership payments and reviews must be completed by end March 2018 in order to receive the annual SATSA certificate. The MOI has been published on the SATSA website and can be viewed here. We are also encouraging all members to submit their B-BBEE verification and levels if they have this, to assist SASTA to lobby better on your behalf.

An issue that recently made headlines, and for which various queries have been received by SATSA, is the rise in cyber piracy. We certainly do not see this as ethical behaviour and will investigate complaints received. We will also update our Code of Conduct, for ratification at the SATSA AGM 2018, to include clarity on this matter.

Another issue on the rise is the illegal use of the highly regarded SATSA logo. Thank you to those members who are reporting these cases which we are actioning immediately. Please can we encourage all members to continue such reports so that we safeguard our credibility and industry.

With regards to assisting with Operating Licence applications, we are now able to commence. Members wanting to accredit or renew licences can contact Tintswalo Mashale at SATSA on 011 886 9996 or reception@satsa.co.za. Our assistance takes the form of verifying the correctness of all required documentation and providing an endorsement letter from SATSA, which you can then submit directly to the NPTR. We also have a current tracking list with all members who have already sent in applications and are experiencing challenges. This is being updated regularly and submitted to NPTR for feedback. If you are experiencing problems and haven’t submitted your details yet, please feel free to do so, again to Tintswalo. It is a slow and frustrating process and concerns around the damage it does to the industry have officially been raised at MEC level.

Just a heads-up, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) it is illegal to accept a manually updated passport. We recently had an incident like this where the traveller even received a visa for South Africa but was then turned away at OR Tambo International.

Negotiations are forging ahead for SATSA pavilions at WTM Africa and Indaba 2018. Please keep your eye on our newsletter and emails as well as our social media pages for more information on this in the coming weeks.

Talking about social media – if you have not done so yet, then please like us on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

That’s it from me folks. Good luck with putting this year to bed

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