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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

TRAVEL ADVISORY TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF EBOLA INTO SOUTH AFRICA 

The purpose of this advisory is to notify travellers about the Ebola disease outbreak and inform them about preventative measures they can take and what Government is doing.

The Aerospace Industry

The South African aviation industry is one of a number of industries that were boosted during the country’s long period of economic isolation. Today there is indigenous capability to make light aircraft and helicopters as well as a range of aircraft components.

South Africa is also a major location for aircraft refurbishing. Exports of refurbished aircraft amounted to R1,5bn in 2000, while exports of aircraft parts amounted to R400m. South Africa was the third-largest exporter of micro-light aircraft last year, representing 11% of world exports of this product. South African rankings in world exports of rotary-type aircraft engines and aircraft seats were respectively 12th and 10th.

The industry has developed excellent skills and manufacturing capabilities, as illustrated below:

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  • South Africa has built one of the most sophisticated helicopter gunships in the world (the Rooivalk), thereby paving the way for the manufacturing of commercial helicopters in South Africa.

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  • Present production includes light and micro-light aircraft, as well as parts such as propellers, avionics, gearboxes and engines.
  • Aircraft service capability includes the maintenance, conversion and upgrading of large commercial and military aircraft.
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