25 - 26 October 2017

In Africa. For Africa. By Africa.

Enhancing aviation sustainability of the African market within the global space

Day One

CEO Welcome

Thabani holds a BEng (Hon) Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, a BSc Eng in Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a National Diploma in Electronic Engineering from Technikon Natal, a Diploma in Management of ANSP (IATA Institute) and completed the International Executive Development Program with Wits University and the London Business School. He holds a World Executive MBA through the George Washington University, USA. Thabani serves as the CEO of ATNS and as the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Africa Region Chairperson.

Thabani has over 10 years' experience in aviation, specialising in Air Traffic Management. An engineer by profession, he has previously worked for a number of major companies in various senior positions including Eskom, Transnet Ports Authority and NERSA. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers as well as the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Thabani is a member of the Air Services Licensing Council.


Refilwe Ledwaba is the founder and executive director of South African Women in Aviation (SAWIA), a hybrid organisation dedicated to the empowerment of women in the aviation and aerospace industry. She is a qualified rotor wing and fixed wing pilot and is a qualified fixed wing flight instructor. Refilwe is a recipient of numerous scholarships, international awards and honours for her visionary work with the non-profit organisations she founded: Southern African Women in Aviation & Aerospace Industry (SAWIA), and Girls Fly Programme in Africa (GFPA). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from UCT graduate school of business and an MBA from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of business science with a focus on Airline strategies. Refilwe also recently completed a course on Aviation human factors from the University of California School of Engineering in the USA.

Guest Speaker

Regional Director, ICAO Eastern and Southern African (ESAF) Office (March 2015- to date)

Barry joined ICAO ESAF as Regional Director in March 2015 and has been in international civil aviation community for over 30 years. He has a background of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Flight Safety Standards specifically, Airworthiness Inspection.

He worked with the Civil Aviation Authority, Uganda, as Airworthiness surveyor/Inspector and Accident Investigator for a period of 21 years (1988-2009). He also served as Aviation safety officer for UN MONUSCO (2009-2012) performing oversight and accident/incident investigation for the fleet biggest UN mission fleet at the time.

Before joining ICAO, Barry worked as the Executive Director of East African Community - Civil Aviation Safety and Security Agency (CASSOA), a Regional safety and Security Oversight Organisation for the East African Region, that has successfully steered the development of harmonised regulations, technical guidance materials, common examinations, sharing of resources and promotion of regional approach to aviation related matters among others-(2012-2015).

Barry holds a Masters Degree in Aviation safety Management from City University London among other professional qualifications and is a member of the International Society of safety Investigators (ISASI). He is a devout Christian and married with Children.


Thabani joined ATNS in April 2015 as Executive for Commercial Services. In this portfolio, he is charged with driving the growth strategy implementation for the organisation. The focus is on non-regulated revenue growth in Sub-Sahara Africa (including Indian Ocean Islands). Thabani’s career spans diverse industries and he has extensive experience in developing and implementing growth and new market strategies including establishment of start-up operations in the region. 

His recent focus while with Tata Africa and General Electric has been on managing regional policy and regulatory issues, understanding their impact to the business and creating alignment with the operating environment. Thabani also spent time developing and packaging new opportunities in the broad utilities (water and energy) space for Rand Water, General Electric and SembCorp Industries.

He co-lead the establishment of commercial business services for Rand Water in the region. Prior to this he was part of the team that set up Vodacom business in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thabani’s core strength lies in working with initial concepts, aligning these with strategy and actualizing implementation. 

While working on various projects/initiatives he has gained exposure to regional/international organisations such as the World Bank, European Investment Bank, NEPAD Agency and the World Economic Forum.

Thabani holds a B Com degree (Accounting) from the University of Zululand and an MBA in General Management from Texas Southern University.
Jeoffrey started his career in the former Bophuthatswana government in 1991 as an Air Traffic Control trainee. He joined ATNS in 1998 and worked as an aerodrome and approach controller at various Air Traffic Service Units. Prior to becoming an Executive manager, Jeoffrey has served in various management positions within ATNS and also worked at the South African Civil Aviation Authority as Senior Manager responsible for Air Navigation Service. There he was responsible for regulatory oversight for ATS, AIS, cns and procedure design services. In his portfolio, Jeoffrey leads the strategic planning of Air Traffic Management, Communications, Navigation and Surveillance systems and infrastructure at ATNS and has represented South Africa in international and regional forums that are responsible for the Planning and coronation of Air Traffic management and infrastructure deployment in the region.

Jeoffrey holds a BCom degree and other Aviation management qualifications. He was appointed by the Department of Transport to champion the implementation of the SADC Upper Airspace Management Centre.
Patrick Ndlovu is an astute Aerospace and Defence Professional, with over 18 years’ experience in the aerospace sector. Mr. Ndlovu holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal, in Durban and a Master’s Degree in Satellite-Based Communication, Navigation and Surveillance from the Ecole National del’ Aviation Civil in Toulouse, France.
Mr Ndlovu’s career Aerospace started at ATNS, in the year 2000 where he served as a Project Officer responsible for Air Navigation Infrastructure Projects throughout the African Continent. He then joined Armscor in 2002, where he served as a Manager Technical, responsible for various Defence Projects in Aeronautics and Command and Control. In 2009 Mr Ndlovu left Armscor and establish his own engineering business, Infinity Integrated Solutions – an engineering and consulting firm that services the Aerospace and Defence Sectors with solutions, strategic advisory and engineering solutions. Mr Ndlovu served as the Chief Executive Officer at Infinity Integrated Solutions for a period of 5 years.

In 2014 Mr Ndlovu joined Denel Dynamics as the General Manager for Denel Spaceteq, the Space division of Denel Dynamics tasked with providing Space Solutions to the market.  He is currently serving as the Executive Manager: Programmes looking after the Space, UAV’s and Missiles Portfolios at Denel Dynamics.

Other credentials include serving as the member of the Board of Directors for the South African Civil Aviation Authority from 2001 to 2014.


Chris Zweigenthal has over 24 years' experience in the airline industry most notably with South African Airways, where he held senior positions in the Petroleum Affairs, Flight Operations, Marketing Planning and Global Passenger Services departments, as well as with SA Alliance Air (Uganda) as Managing Director.

In February 2002, Chris joined the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) as Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive in 2009. AASA has 20 Airline Members, which are the commercial scheduled airlines of South and Southern Africa and 31 Associate Members comprising industry manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and partners of the airline industry.

Dumisani Sangweni has worked in the airline industry, transport sector and broader corporate and public sectors as a business analyst, consulting at executive management levels, for over 15 years. Dumisani was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) by the ATCL Board in 2004, a joint venture company between South African Airways and the Government of Tanzania. Prior to this he worked in various commercial executive roles at SAA.

He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the USA with an undergraduate BSc in Aviation Technology and completed a postgraduate diploma in Transport Economics and Business Administration (PBL) from the University of Johannesburg and the University of South Africa.


Emanuel Chaves is the Chairperson and CEO, Airports of Mozambique. Prior to that he served as the executive board member and deputy Board chairperson, Airports of Mozambique for four years. Emanuel also works part-time as a lecturer at the High Education Institute of Transport and Communications. Prior to that he worked for ten years as a lecturer at the Saint Tomas University of Mozambique and Pedagogic University of Mozambique.

He has extensive experience in Civil Aviation and has participated in several ICAO, IATA, ACI and CANSO assemblies, AGMs, conferences, symposiums, workshops, seminars and training forums, in addition to speaking at many of these events. He is an aerodrome, approach and area-rated Air Traffic Controller and holds an Airport Operation Planning from ICAO ESAF which he received in Mauritius in 2005. He obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics and Management from the Catholic University of Mozambique.

Admore Chirongoma is the Air Traffic Services Manager for the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. Having joined the civil aviation industry directly from college more than 30 years ago, Admore was an active air traffic controller for 20 years. He then went on to become Chief Air Traffic Controller Officer before becoming Air Traffic Services Manager in 2007.

He holds a Diploma in Business Leadership and participated in various training programmes in Civil Aviation and Air Traffic Management, ATS Safety Management, PANS Ops Procedure Design, Search and Rescue and others over and above the training that was ATC specific.

Ing Frank Kofi Apeagyei started his aviation career with Ghana Civil Aviation in April 2006 as an Electronics Engineer.  He rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Engineer. He has experience in aeronautical surveillance and communication. He is the lead Engineer for aeronautical frequency spectrum management for the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority. He is a member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association [IFATSEA] and has been elected twice as the Director for Region Africa for IFATSEA. His organizational abilities and leadership prowess reignited the activities of the federation in Africa with more and more countries in Africa joining as regular members.

In November 2016, he ensured a successful IFATSEA General Assembly meeting in Abuja hosted by the affiliates in Nigeria. This was a feather in the cap of the Region.

He has participated in a number of training workshops and conferences worldwide throughout his career including the Aviation Leaders Programme in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and presented a number of papers on behalf of his Organisation.  He was part of the delegates to the ICAO 39th General Assembly held in September 2016 and presented a paper on behalf of his state, Ghana at the Technical Commission meeting. He was also one of the Ghana's delegates to the International Telecommunication Union [ITU] World Radio Conference [WRC/15] held in Geneva in October 2015. He is the GCAA technical representative on the National Communication Authority of Ghana Spectrum Management Committee.

Ing Frank Kofi Apeagyei, prior to his employment with the aviation industry, worked with the major power companies in Ghana being the Volta River Authority and the Electricity Company of Ghana.

He holds an engineering degree in Electrical & Electronics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology [KNUST] as well as a master's degree in Business Administration [MBA-Finance option] from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is a registered engineer with the Engineering council of Ghana and a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers [GhIE]. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute [PMI] as well as a member of the National Society of Black Engineers [NSBE].

Ing Frank Kofi Apeagyei is currently the Training Research & Development Manager for the Engineering Division of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority with oversight responsibility of the Engineering Training School as well as being Director for IFATSEA Africa region.

His vision for the industry is to ensure a common licensing scheme developed and owned by the Air Traffic Engineers in the Africa Region as a safety measure to allow for exchange and sharing of technical information as well as free movement of licensed Air Traffic Engineers from one ANSP to another within the same industry and in the frame work of the ICAO NGAP competency scheme for Air Traffic Engineers and ICAO mantra of 'No Country Left Behind [NCLB]'.

He is a sports man and loves sports.

Ntsontso is an Aviation Telecommunications Engineer working for the Department of Civil Aviation, Lesotho. He is responsible for overseeing all sectional activities which include planning, budgeting, implementation of new projects, supervision of technicians during operations and maintenance of DME, ILS, DVOR, VHF Radios, VSAT System, Aviation Recorder, PABX System, Weather Stations and a Solar (Photo Voltaic) Power Generation Plant.

Since joining the aviation industry in 2011, Ntsontso obtained various course qualifications in aviation including Networking, Data Communications and VSAT II. He holds an Advanced Master's Degree in Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Satellite Applications for Aviation as well as a Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering.

He has participated in national, regional and international meetings to address aviation matters concerning the State of Lesotho.

Boni Dibate is currently the Director of Africa Affairs at the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. She holds a BA in Social Science and MSC degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Medical University of Southern Africa.  She obtained her Top Management Program for Public Enterprises in SA certificate at the National University of Singapore and has completed a Senior Executive Development Program from Harvard/Wits Business Schools. Alongside this she completed an Airline Management Integration Program from IATA Aviation Training and Development Institute in Singapore and also possesses a Creative Airline Alliances and Strategic Partnerships certificate from Amman Jordan.

She recently obtained a Diploma in International Coaching from Newfield Network Boulder, USA.

Prior to this Boni was Executive: Human Resources Manager at Transwerk, Chief Executive Officer of both Esselenpark Centre of Excellence and South African Express Airways, was Group Executive Manager: Support Services at Transtel as well as COO and Executive Manager: Service Delivery at Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited. Lastly, Boni was President of the Business Womens Association, Chairperson of East Gate Airport and is the Director of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and chairperson of South African Express Airways on their Ethics and Transformation Committee.

Assistant Director Safety & Flight Operations- IATA AFI, Regional Office

Protus Seda is a Boeing trained Aircraft Performance Engineering expert with 19 years' experience in airline industry, having joined Kenya Airways Flight Operations after graduating from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.
He was the team leader for various projects in Kenya Airways, including KTAP, KQ Turn-Around Project that turned around the dwindling profitability of the airline; KQ Performance Improvement Project, a continuous quality improvement initiative and the initial IOSA (IATA Operations Safety Audit) implementation project.

Seda currently works in IATA as Assistant Director in Safety and Flight Operations, with the main task of improving safety and efficiency in flight operations. Seda enjoys working with industry stakeholders in the protection of the environment through emission reduction in the various IATA and industry initiatives.

He holds a Master's degree in Business Management (MBA) in Leadership from Regenesys Business School and has published two articles on service quality in self-service technology environment at OR Tambo International Airport. The whole mini-dissertation is also available in the Regenesys web portal for those who want to refer to it.

Nokuthula is a professional electronics engineer, registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) as a senior member.

She has more than ten years' telecommunications experience in the defence and aviation industry. Nokuthula is currently responsible for the provision of communication, surveillance and navigation infrastructure within South Africa while also representing South Africa at various committee meetings including International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Nokuthula is actively involved in the professional matters of ECSA and SAIEE while pursuing her Interests in cyber security and research activities. She has completed several technical and management qualifications from various institutions including Wits Business School.
Mr Simelane is the Principal Air Traffic Controller (operations) for the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority. Prior to taking up this position, he worked as both Assistant Air Traffic Controller and Aerodrome and Approach Procedural Controller.

Having joined the aviation industry in 2009, Mr Simelane quickly advanced through the ranks and completed various industry courses along the way which include; ATM/AIM AB Initio Course, Aerodrome Control Course, Approach Procedural Control Course, Approach Radar Control, Tanzania Civil Aviation Academy TCAA -Certificate in AIS Digital Cartography and he is currently completing his B. Com at the Regent Business School.
Engr. Ifeanyi F. Ogochukwu is a licensed AirTraffic Safety Electronics Specialist with type ratings in Surveillance Radar, ADS-B and ATN/Data Communications, world class CIO, IT Ambassador, Microsoft Hero, Founder - CIO Academy and CxO Africa Initiative and is currently Chief Technology Strategist, Debbie Mishael Consulting ( a Debbie Mishael Group Company).

A passionate, highly driven consummate professional with immense experience in Aviation, IT / Telecoms, Project management with expertise encompassing: Organizational, Technology and Security Strategy/Policy, Aviation Infrastructure Development, Implementation and Operations; Revenue Assurance & Human Capital Development amongst others. Ifeanyi was Chairman Working Group 4, ITU Focus Group on Aviation Applications in the Cloud for Flight Data Monitoring; Project Coordinator - World Bank West and Central Africa Air Transport Safety and Security Programme (WCATSSP). Lead,TRACON Radar VSAT Network design team and Project Manager, ADS - C/CPDLC project. He delivered innovative safety mission critical systems for the safety and security of air navigation as CIO/GM ICT, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.

Ifeanyi, an Aeronautical Telecommunications Engineering graduate with several professional qualifications including CNS/ATM, AIM, PBN and SMS, also received with distinction a Master's degree in Communications Management, Masters in Information Technology and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree - IT and Telecoms Law.

Day Two


Mapaseka Mokwele is a well-known media personality and is currently part of the Kaya FM radio station line-up where she hosts a daily talk and current affairs show called Home. The show looks at how the major topics of the day affect the lives of ordinary South Africans. Covering everything from news, business, culture, fashion and the arts, Mapaseka hosts fascinating guests and engaging conversations designed to enlighten and entertain. Mapaseka also hosts the television talk show, Motswako, on SABC 2 where she discusses issues affecting South African women from all walks of life.

Keynote Speaker

While completing his BSc Aeronautical Engineering degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Nthato designed the LCERT (Low Cost Educational Robotics Toy). After graduating in 2014, he took employment as an Engineer at Denel Dynamics. His company, CRSP dsgn, was founded to commercialise his LCERT invention. A few months after being named a top 10 finalist at the prestigious 2016 Hack Jozi Challenge competition, Nthato went on to win first place at the 2016 SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards. He was selected as one of the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) of Africa in 2016, as well as one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans of 2017 in the field of Science & Technology.


Dr Sandile Malinga has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer for ATNS. As the first Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Sandile holds a prominent place in the national, continental and global aerospace industry.

He was one of the primary drivers in the promotion and development of the South African space programme and its interface with other African countries. At SANSA, he had oversight over its key programmes including:

  • Satellite-based augmented navigation for aviation and road traffic;
  • Radar systems;
  • Satellite antenna systems;
  • Space weather for navigation and communication;
  • Remote sensing and satellite imagery;
  • Cutting-edge data systems; and
  • An ambitious national satellite development programme.
Sandile holds a PhD in Physics and is a space physics researcher by training, with numerous papers published in recognised international scientific journals. Before joining SANSA, he was the Managing Director of the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory (now SANSA Space Science), a national geo-space science facility that operates a wide observational network in South Africa and Antarctica. Before that he was a senior lecturer and dean’s assistant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, responsible for the science and agriculture academic support programme. Sandile holds an MBA from the Business School Netherlands.

Tshepo Peege is the South African representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He previously served in this same position from 2003-2011. During his assignments at the ICAO Council he has served as the governing body's first Vice President, Dean of the Council, Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee and a member of several other committees including the Air Transport and Finance Committee among others.

Tshepo occupied the position of chairperson of the SADC Civil Aviation Committee in prior years and was later elected as President of the African Civil Aviation Commission. He has a master's degree in Transport Policy and Management from the University of North London and holds several other qualifications which span a period of 38 years in aviation.

These include amongst others, the following: over 4,000 flying hours on the Boeing 727 with Ethiopian Airlines, Vice-President Corporate Safety and Security and Environment with SAA, CEO of Gateway International Airport in Polokwane, Chief Director: Aviation Safety, Security and Environment with DOT, Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation Safety Program Management, Airport Operations and Transport Development, Airline Management Integration, Aircraft Accident Investigation, Head: Search and Rescue, Head: National Aviation Security Committee with DOT.


Lawrence Zimba has four years’ experience in aviation working for an ANSP in South Africa as a systems engineer, including training from one of the largest aviation system integration providers in France. Lawrence holds an Advanced Master’s degree (cum laude) from France specialising in Satellite-Based Communication, Navigation and Surveillance. He also holds a BEng Electronics Honours (cum laude), and a first-class BEng Electronics degree from the University of Pretoria.

Lawrence has represented South Africa at the International Civil Aviation Organization as a panel member of the Navigation System Panel in Montreal, Canada. He also represented South Africa at the African Civil Aviation Commission specifically on the topic of satellite-based technologies. He is currently an industry support manager at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) working on programmes focusing on using current CSIR hi-tech technologies to transfer knowledge to industry in order to support SMMEs and established organisations in the hi-tech environment.

Ntutuzelo Vananda is a Director within the Department of Trade and Industry, responsible for the implementation of the Black Industrialist Programme. The policy has three key pillars: access to funding; access to markets and other non-financial support. He has extensive experience with government policy, working for the following government departments as a policy analyst: The Presidency, Department of Trade and Industry and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). Originally from the Eastern Cape province, he completed his Masters degree in Public Policy with the University of Cape Town in 2008.

Dr Siyavuya Bulani is the Senior Liaison Officer at ASSAf and heads up the Academy's Overseas Collaborations sub-programme. He is responsible for all the academy's bilateral agreements with other overseas academies of science; for building new and maintaining existing overseas partnerships; and is the chief contact person for all overseas collaboration activities and engagements. He is involved in business development (resource mobilisation) on six overseas continents to support other International liaison sub-programmes and ASSAf programmes. He previously worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) as a researcher. Siyavuya holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Free State.

Mark is a seasoned technology and commercialization specialist, with over fifteen years of experience in technology development, transfer and commercialization in both the Higher Education and the public sector. As a material scientist, he also has extensive experience in polymers, composites and manufacturing. He is currently employed as a portfolio manager in the Advanced Manufacturing STA, and is responsible for sourcing, developing and accessing technology funding applications for potential funding within the organization.