A change in modus operandi that will see the Centurion Aviation Village (CAV) become an entity resorting under the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency is underway as the industrial park prepares to welcome its first tenants.
This, CAV chief executive Lance Schultz said, will see the development have more access to government incentives and will also see it operating on a for profit basis in future.
The development, on the eastern side of AFB Waterkloof in Centurion, has been mired in delays which made it a non-starter as an industrial and supplier park to support South Africa’s aerospace and defence sectors. CAV started life as a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) initiative and still resorts under Minister Rob Davies.
Schultz expects this to change as CAV is talking to DTI as regards short and medium term financing. Once finalised this will facilitate the move to the Gauteng development agency and bring CAV in line with other developments such as agri and industrial parks which are all under provincial jurisdiction.
Indications are the move to become a provincial operation will happen in two stages with the first being a transitional arrangement expected to be finalised in the 2019/20 financial year.
At the same time as discussions are underway, civil and earthworks are in full swing on the site preparing roads, drainage and other services ahead of tenants’ taking occupation.
The first tenants – Aerosud and African NDT – will take up occupancy in CAV’s aerospace training and certification centre (ATCC) within months.
Aerosud is adjacent to CAV and expansion of the aeronautical engineering and manufacturing company has seen the need for more space while African NDT performs non-destructive testing services and provides certified training in this discipline.
CAV was officially opened in 2008 and had only one tenant (since departed) in that time. Four years ago the DTI appointed new management as part of efforts to get CAV going,