23 - 24 October 2018

Breaking barriers in the aviation industry through innovation.


Time Activity
08h00 – 09h15 Registration
09h15 – 09h20 Welcome and purpose
MC: Ms Refilwe Ledwaba (SAWIA)
09h20 – 09h50 Opening remarks
Mr Thomas Kgokolo (ATNS CEO, Acting)
09h50 – 10h15 Keynote Speaker
Topic: Collaborations between African ANSPs, with specific reference to the recent ATNS/CANSO/ASECNA agreement with CANSO.
Mr Mohammed Moussa (ASECNA Director General)
10h15 – 11h15

4 x Presentations

  • DPSS (Passive Radar)
  • ASSAf 
  • TIA
11h15 – 11h30 Tea break
11h30 – 13h00 4 x Presentations
13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
14h00 – 15h30 Guest Speaker
Topic: SKA as a Global Science Initiative: achieving harmony with aviation-based spectrum usage.
Dr. Adrian Tiplady (SKA South Africa)
15h30 – 15h45

Concluding Remarks
Ms Refilwe Ledwaba (SAWIA) and Dr Sandile Malinga (ATNS COO)

14h55 – 15h25

Refreshments and networking

*Program is subject to change
Time Activity
07h30 – 08h30 Registration
08h30 – 08h45 Welcome and Purpose
MC: Linden Birns (Programme Director)
08h45 – 09h00 Guest speaker
Mr Parthy Chetty (Executive Director: Eskom Expo for Young Scientists)
09h00 – 09h30 Keynote speaker
Topic: Securing talent for aviation safety.
Dr George Simataa (Secretary to The Cabinet, Office of The Prime Minister Windhoek, Republic of Namibia)
09h30 – 10h00 Dialogue
Topic: The aviation industry systems are becoming more connected (integrated) and cybercrime threats are becoming a reality.

Ms Sandrine Gnassou (Air Navigation Service Safety Oversight Inspector (ANS-CNS) Autorité Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ANAC))
and Mr Tshepo Peege (Representative of South Africa on the Council of ICAO, Montreal, Canada).
10h00 – 10h15 Presentation
Topic: Digital Transformation.
Mr Francois-Xavier Richard (Thales)
10h15 – 11h00 Panel discussion 1
Topic: Can barriers in the aviation industry be overcome by innovative technology without sacrificing the level of safety?
Moderator: Ms Poppy Khoza (SACAA DCA)

  • Dr François Maasdorp (CSIR)
  • Ms Aarti Panday (Business Development Manager Strategic Engagements & Corporate Relations)
  • Mr Arthur Bradshaw (Air Traffic Management System Advisor)
  • Mr George Simataa (Secretary to the Cabinet, Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia)
  • Mr Chris Zweigenthal (AASA CEO)
  • Ms Nokuthula Phakathi (ATNS Senior Manager: IRM)
11h15 – 11h30


11h30 – 12h00 Panel Discussion 2
Topic: How can the aviation industry leverage off innovative technology for advancement, taking into consideration the operating working environment? Is CDM the answer?
Moderator: Mr Hennie Marais (ATNS C:ATS)

  • Mr Kev Storie (CAASA)
  • Ms Sandrine Gnassou (Air Navigation Service Safety Oversight Inspector (ANS-CNS) Autorité Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ANAC)
  • Ms Boni Dibate (CANSO Director Africa Affairs)
  • Mr Eddy Kioni (RVA Dep CEO, Democratic Republic of Congo)
12h00 – 13h30 Panel Discussion 3
Topic: Integration of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems into South African Airspace
Moderator: Mr Jeoffrey Matshoba (ATNS: Executive ATM/CNS Planning and Standards)

  • Mr Patrick Ndlovu (Denel)
  • Mr Zia Meer (SACAA)
  • Mr Simon Zwane (ATNS)
  • Mr Sam Twala (NTSU Aviation)
  • Dr Kaven Naidoo (CSIR)
13h30 – 13h45 Closing remarks and Group Photograph
Mr Dumisani Sangweni (ATNS – Executive: S&O)
MC: Linden Burns
13h45 Lunch
*Program is subject to change