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Gauteng Business 2018-19 edition

A unique guide to business and investment in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The 2018/19 edition of Gauteng Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng Province. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the concept of the Urban Development Zone which underpins the successful urban growth strategy that is being pursued in the province, and on the importance of airports in regional economic thinking. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at www.globalafricanetwork.com under e-books. Updated information on Gauteng is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

A unique guide to business and investment in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The 2018/19 edition of Gauteng Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng Province.
In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the concept of the Urban Development Zone which underpins the successful urban growth strategy that is being pursued in the province, and on the importance of airports in regional economic thinking.
To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at www.globalafricanetwork.com under e-books. Updated information on Gauteng is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

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INTERVIEW

in 2017 alone. The existing 14 cargo international and local carriers

have maintained or increased their frequencies. Strong improvement

has been seen on the belly-cargo which is also important

in supporting the immense interest we’ve noted in the passenger

market. As the country moves towards a more stable and stronger

economic outlook, we expect the interest in the freighter market

to grow. Over 2017, the top five export markets in terms of value

were to China, USA, Germany, Japan and India, closely followed by

Botswana and Namibia – highlighting the role we play as a major

supplier to the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

and Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Are you running at full capacity? Does ACSA have plans

to expand?

While there still is some capacity on the passenger handling side,

some Terminal subsystems have reached saturation resulting in long

queues and operational bottlenecks. At our International Terminal,

these include passenger security screening, passport control check

points, boarding gates and arrival baggage carousels. We have accelerated

completion of the least disruptive projects which included

construction of a direct link allowing passengers to proceed straight

from check-in counters to security screening and passport control

check points at the Central Terminal Building (CTB). Refurbishment

and capacity enhancing projects require meticulous planning and

execution in a live environment such as an airport.

At our Transit Terminal we enabled unrestricted access to transit

hotels; this was critical, considering the four-million passengers

connecting to international destinations. Short to medium-term developmental

plans will see us increase the number of International

boarding gates and the processing capacity of baggage carousels.

For our Airfield infrastructure,

we have several efficiency

improvement projects lined up.

We are planning to build a bypass

taxiway at the threshold of our

departure runway (RWY 03L/21R)

and more rapid exit taxiways. This

will improve the current processing

rate of departing aircraft

which is negatively impacted by

the unavoidable daily crossings

of a live runway by well over 300

aircraft. Furthermore, we have an

aircraft parking stand constraint

for wide-bodied types such as the

A380s and B747s. Aircraft parking

stand saturation in peak hours

results in the capping of potential

air traffic movement growth,

which is not good considering

our strategic focus to grow air traffic.

To address this, we are planning

to build an additional nine

x Code F aircraft parking stands

in Multiple Apron Ramp System

(MARS) configuration which can

be converted to accommodate 18

x Code C type aircraft. This configuration

gives us the flexibility and

efficiency to maximise space for

aircraft parking and turnarounds

on the tarmac.

At our Cargo Precinct, we have

short-term refurbishment plans

to upgrade existing Landside

facilities. These mini projects

will include the reconfiguration

of access roads to improve

access, relocation of the main

gate, extended goods receiving

areas, increased on-site security

monitoring stations and vehicle

parking capacity. The Cargo

warehousing capacity will also

be extended to accommodate

growth in specific commodities

such as electronics, perishables

19 GAUTENG BUSINESS 2018/19

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