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Limpopo’s airport authority is exploring business opportunities GAAL’s new CEO, Masingita Baloyi, envisages turning the Polokwane International Airport into a hub for airfreight and passengers by setting up a feeder network for all the airports within the province.

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GAAL CEO, Masingita Baloyi

BIOGRAPHY Masingita has a wealth of experience in aviation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration from the University of Limpopo and a programme in e-Commerce from UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership. He is currently studying for a Master of Business Leadership. Masingita has worked at the University of Johannesburg, South African Airways (cargo and revenue management) and First Rand Bank. He was GM: Human Resources of the Independent Development Trust. Before joining GAAL, he was a management consultant at ATA Research. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20

he Gateway Airports Authority Limited is a state-owned company under the custody of the Limpopo Department of Transport. Despite the entity’s listing as a schedule 3D public enterprise in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, it is administered in accordance with the Companies Act of 2008’s scope and limitations. GAAL’s mandate is derived from its articles of association dated 29 March 1995, which is for GAAL to act as airport manager and administrator within the province. GAAL seeks to create prolific business opportunities to better maximise the utilisation of its assets and resources so as to generate sufficient revenue to be a financially sustainable entity that generates modest profits. Among other prospective business opportunities are the plans the entity has to lease 45 hectares of land to potential investors for business opportunities that will be in support of the growth, development and operations of the entity. The entity is also currently looking to secure alternative passenger and/ or commercial airline operators as well as increase routes from OR Tambo International Airport to other airports such as Lanseria, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport on a 1, 5, 7 schedule. Another business prospect that the entity is looking to secure is that of a reputable restaurant that will operate from the Polokwane International Airport. Such business prospects will allow the entity to make the Polokwane International Airport an optimally functioning airport that serves the needs of its clientele. Infrastructure The airport has successfully installed positive pressure ventilators in the airside as well as upgraded and maintained its runways and lights. Other completed developments include the construction of the JOC operating centre. An infrastructure development that is currently still in the supply-chain process is that of upgrading and maintaining the airport’s board signages. Aeronautical services This service focusses on all airline operations, including private chartered flights. Non-aeronautical services This service includes: general aviation, car rentals, travel agencies, retail stores, aviation fuel supply, hangars and office rentals.

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