Government resuming Mthatha Airport upgrade, improving Eastern Cape airport infrastructure


The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is inviting suppliers to bid for a tender to repair and upgrade the Mthatha Airport Terminal building after improvement work was halted last year due to a lack of finance.

The Department made the announcement on Friday, saying the is in line with the department’s Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which seeks to improve the conditions and services of provincial airports, particularly Bhisho and Mthatha airports.

Tender documents were made available from the Department of Transport Head Offices in King William’s Town from yesterday. Closing date for bidding is Thursday, 30 June.

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport recently announced that it has built a new accommodation complex for aviation students at Bisho Airport.

According to departmental aviation Manager Noel Godwin, the construction has already benefited a large number of people and contributed positively in the socio-economy of the area. “It will continue benefiting the people of the area as they are expected to maintain the complex,” he said.

This complex is expected to accommodate more than 60 aviation learners, reduce unemployment challenge in that area and create enthusiasm learning environment for students explained Godwin, adding that an amount estimated to R3.5 million has been put aside for this project.

The Bhisho Airport has one of the longest and strongest runaways in South Africa and is a technically advanced airport which situated less than 10 Kilometres from King William’s Town and is close to the improved Road Network leading to all directions.

The airport is used as an advanced training centre by the internationally acclaimed 43 Air School.

For more information interested bidders can contact:

Mzwakhe Given Baleni

Tel: 043 604 7544

Fax: 086 648 6340

Cell: 083 579 3994

E-mail: [email protected]


Ncedo Kumbaca (Director: Communications)

Cell: 082 5626 023