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Vision & Mission

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Vision statement

“To be a market leader in state-of-the-art, commercially driven and sustainable Airport City developments. Destinations in themselves.”

Mission statement

“The heartbeat of our mission is the Airport. With unwavering dedication, we aim to fuse the essential operational elements of the Airport with the complementary dynamics of the Airport City and Logistics designs.”

History

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Cape Winelands Airport, previously known as Fisantekraal Airfield, is a historical landmark originally constructed around 1943 as an operational base for the South African Air Force, where Lockheed Ventura bombers were once stationed. Situated approximately 13 kilometres northeast of Durbanville, the airport transitioned into private ownership in 1993 where it was held for 27 years before being acquired by the current developers in 2020, and appropriately renamed to Cape Winelands Airport.

Currently, Cape Winelands Airport serves as a general aviation facility and is a popular choice for flight training in the Cape Town vicinity. These institutions leverage the airport for circuit and emergency response training. Additionally, private, and corporate aircraft occasionally utilise Cape Winelands Airport for passenger transport.

Who we are

Cape Winelands Airport is owned and operated by rsa.AERO who has an incredibly strong leadership, balanced well with extensive property development, business administration and aviation experience.

Dirk Ackerman

Non-executive director and Chairman of the board - RSA Aero Limited

Dirk Ackerman (Non-executive director and Chairman of the board) is recognized as an influential business leader, he has served as the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) from 1995 to 2000. Since 2004, he has held the esteemed position of Chairman at TIQ Business Group, further solidifying his reputation as a prominent figure in the industry. With a proven track record in driving business success, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.

Monhla Hlahla

Non-executive director - RSA Aero Limited

Monhla Hlahla is a distinguished leader in infrastructure development and management, she made a significant impact during her tenure as the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) from 2001 to 2011. She also held prominent positions as Chairperson of the Johannesburg Water Utility, The Trans-Caledon Water Authority, and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). With over 35 years of experience, she has established herself as a thought leader in the public sector, renowned for her exceptional management skills and strategic acumen.

Fabian Msimang

Non-executive director - RSA Aero Limited

Fabian Msimang is an esteemed figure in the aviation industry, he served as the Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF) from 2012 to 2020. Prior to this role, he held the position of Chief Director and Major General responsible for Air Force strategy, policies, capabilities, and resource allocation within the SAAF. With a wealth of experience and expertise, he played a vital role in shaping the direction and operations of the Air Force.

Dan Aufrichtig

Non-executive director

Seasoned entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in the advertising agency business having built and exited multiple operations. Daniel now focuses on private equity having invested in multiple companies across a diverse range of industries, including igaming, software, property and Biotech.

Nicholas Ferguson

Executive Managing Director – RSA Aero Limited and Executive Director – Cape Winelands Aero (Pty) Ltd

Nicholas Ferguson, with an impressive career as a lead Property Developer in commercial, mixed-use, and residential developments, Nicholas Ferguson has been instrumental in shaping the property landscape in Cape Town. From 2001 to 2015, he spearheaded projects totalling over 250,000m2 of space and 1500 apartments. As a Director in RSA Aero Limited, he takes the lead in the development of Cape Winelands Airport. With more than 20 years of experience in property development, Nicholas has emerged as a respected leader in the industry, renowned for his expertise and accomplishments.

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Blacky Komani

Non-Executive Director

Seasoned professional with over three decades of experience in the tourism and aviation sectors, serving as Deputy CEO of Tourvest and as Chairman on the board of Safair Operations (FlySafair), respectively. Mr. Komani has a proven track record of leadership roles within the industry, including the prestigious position of Chairman of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).

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Deon Cloete

Executive Managing Director – Cape Winelands Aero (Pty) Ltd and Executive Director - RSA Aero Limited

Deon Cloete a true stalwart in the aviation industry, Deon Cloete boasts an impressive career spanning 36 years. As the General Manager of Cape Town International Airport (ACSA) from 2008 to 2021, he played a pivotal role in its growth and success. Prior to that, he held the position of General Manager at Durban International Airport and served as the General Manager of South African Airways. Currently, he serves as the Chairperson of the Board of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. With his extensive experience and deep understanding of airport operations, he is widely regarded as the leading airport expert in Southern Africa.

Mark Wilkinson

Executive Director – RSA Aero Limited and Executive Director – Cape Winelands Aero (Pty) Ltd

Mark Wilkinson is a highly accomplished and operationally minded Chartered Accountant with a strong finance and commercial background cutting across various industries, including 3 years in aviation. Since completing his articles at Deloitte, Mark has consistently delivered excellent results throughout his career and is recognized for his unwavering determination and ability to bring out the best in others. Notably, he was part of an elite group that completed a condensed 3-year BCom Accounting degree in just 1 year, showcasing his exceptional dedication and capability.

Adele Klingenberg

Executive Director - RSA Aero Limited

Adele Klingenberg, with a remarkable career spanning over 20 years in the transport sector, Adele Klingenberg has made a significant impact in the aviation industry. She possesses a wealth of experience, having worked in various sectors, including rail and seaports, before focusing on aviation for the past 14 years. Adele is highly skilled in adopting a long-term perspective when it comes to airport strategy and planning. In her role as Chief Airport Planner for the group of airports in the ACSA network, she excelled in strategy formulation, airport master planning and design, and long-term development plans. Known for her ability to simplify complex issues into practical solutions, Adele played a crucial role in developing the group strategy for expanding ACSA's network of airports into Aerotropoli. Her strong leadership and adeptness in managing diverse workstreams in complex environments are among her core strengths. Adele is also well-versed in business planning and formulating strategies to achieve key business objectives.

Deidre Davids

Lead Brand and Communication

Deidre Davids is highly regarded for her strategic prowess in reputation and media management, she brings extensive experience and insight to her roles. From 2015 to 2021, she served as the Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs at Cape Town International Airport (ACSA), building strong relationships and managing communications. Prior to that, she held the position of Brand & Communications Manager and Senior Communications Officer at CTIA. Deidre's expertise extends beyond regional boundaries, as she played a key role in the operational transition plan for ACSA's concession with the largest airport in South America. Her leadership in strategic communication is well established, and she currently serves on the Board of Cape Town Tourism, further contributing to the development and promotion of the region.

Girish Gopal

Technical Advisor

Girish Gopal with a strong academic background including a BSc, MSc, and MBA, Girish Gopal has established himself as a leading authority in the technical aspects of airports in Africa. During his tenure as the Group Executive of Technical Services and Solutions at ACSA from 2015 to 2021, he made significant contributions to the group's capital investment programs. Prior to that, Girish played a pivotal role as the Operations Director for Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, the largest airport in South America, as part of the ACSA team deployed in Brazil. His extensive experience in aviation, IT, and infrastructure spans over 20 years, during which he also served as the Assistant General Manager of Operations at Cape Town International Airport. Girish's expertise and comprehensive understanding of airport operations make him a highly respected and sought-after professional in the industry.

Kobus Nel

Lead engineering & operations

Kobus Nel has been an integral part of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) since its early stages in 1994 until 2021. His extensive experience includes serving as the Chief Engineer responsible for O.R. Tambo International Airport, where he played a key role in designing and implementing various technologies and projects. He possesses expertise in electro-mechanical systems, aircraft fuel storage and distribution networks, airside pavements, baggage handling, and security systems. Kobus represented ACSA in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Brazil, where he was involved in the start-up of an airport concession. In his final position at ACSA, he contributed to the Technical Services and Solutions department, providing consulting services both within and outside of ACSA. His focus on airport unique systems and his cross-border experience makes him a valuable asset in the aviation industry.

Tanya Jeffrey

Lead governance & assurance

Tanya Jeffrey, a highly skilled Professional Quantity Surveyor and RICS Accredited Mediator, brings more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry to the table. Throughout her career, she has successfully managed complex large-scale projects, particularly within the infrastructure and aviation sectors, both in the private and public sectors. Tanya's expertise lies in programme assurance, project and cost/commercial management, and project controls. With her deep knowledge and understanding of the industry, she has consistently delivered exceptional results and ensured the successful execution of projects. Tanya was an integral member of the team who helped build King Shaka Airport in Durban, South Africa.

Colonel Anton Olivier

Avsec Specialist

Colonel Anton Olivier is an esteemed professional with a wealth of experience in security. As the Head of Security, he brings extensive knowledge of airport security design and ensures compliance with relevant legislative requirements. With his deep understanding of security protocols and industry best practices, Colonel Olivier plays a critical role in safeguarding the airport and its operations. His expertise and commitment contribute to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders involved.

Zelda Francis

Lead advertising & events

Joined Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) in 2005-2021 in the Commercial environment as Advertising consultant. Successfully grew the commercial portfolio in revenue and client base. Developed the CTIA airport masterplan servicing both indoor and outdoor advertising. Skilled in understanding the Marketing Mix, crucial to business continuity. Proficient in relevant by-laws, in turn able to maximse the commercial opportunity.