Brigadier General Jean-Calvin Momha, Cameroon Chief of Air Force Staff, was present at a Denel Technical Academy (DTA) presentation to see 58 of his countrymen awarded for the successful completion of theoretical training in the aerospace sector.
They are now busy with the second phase of their training course and are doing on-the-job training. The first group is being followed by another 62 Cameroonian students who have been at the DTA since January doing the classroom section of the aviation and engineering apprenticeship course.
Denel Aviation chief executive Mike Kgobe said the academy was an indicator the company was extending its continental footprint.
“We have the proven product, the systems and the technical resources to strengthen the capacity of African defence forces. Denel also has a strong record of support to peacekeeping operations in a number of theatres on the continent,” he said at the award ceremony which was also attended by SA Air Force Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang.
Kgobe said the DTA was growing into an institution of higher learning recognised across Africa with more students from African countries attending courses on offer at Denel’s Kempton Park campus.
The DTA is accredited by, among others, the SA Civil Aviation Authority, and offers, in addition to apprenticeship training, a youth foundation programme and type training for the aviation industry.