ICAD 2019

Image via: Twitter

Watch: Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula dances ahead of ICAD 2019

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalulua breaks it down at Polokwane International Airport for International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD).

ICAD 2019

Image via: Twitter

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula put his best foot forward and gave everyone a dance show at Polokwane International Airport in Limpopo on Saturday, 7 December 2019, ahead of celebrations for International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD).

Mbalula can be seen dancing to music at the airport in high spirits, excited to deliver his keynote address to approximately 2 000 learners, looking to get into the transport and aviation industry. 

Running over two days, Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December, ICAD 2019 operated under the theme; “75 years of connecting the world.”

ICAD for transformation

Mbalula explained that the aviation industry needs to be transformed.

“Airline transport pilots of aeroplanes number 2 639 are White, in comparison with 83 African, 40 Coloured and 54 Indian licence holders in this category.”

Fikile Mbalula

“The Department of Transport, through its entities assist young people in getting into aviation. We are serious about Transformation and we will continue to do this.” 

Fikile Mbalula

What happens at ICAD 

As per tradition, there is a career exhibition for approximately 2 000 learners from different schools in Limpopo. The exhibition is also extended to the youth who have completed their matric studies. 

The career orientation gives pupils and the youth an opportunity to learn more about career and study opportunities in the aviation industry and transport sector in general.

“If we consider the career opportunities in aviation, which for the learners of today would be a long-term goal for the future, we need to ask of ourselves, will there be aviation job opportunities in the future.”

Fikile Mbalula

The highlight of the year’s ICAD will be an air show with remarkable air displays by the South African Air Force (SAAF) and the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) Air Wing on the second day. 

ICAD background 

In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 7 December was to be the International Civil Aviation Day. 

According to aviationcentral, the day has been celebrated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation since 7 December 1994, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. 

The purpose of the day is to recognise the importance of aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the world.

Transport department partnerships 

The National Department of Transport partnered with the Limpopo Provincial Department of Transport and Provincial Department of Education, the Joint Aviation Awareness Programme (JAAP), South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), as well as SAAF and SAPS Air Wing for this year’s ICAD celebrations.