REPORT ON AIR NAVIGATION FEES (AMENDMENT OF SCHEDULES) REGULATIONS, 2020 PRESENTED BY THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, TOURISM AND LAND CLUSTER


REPORT ON AIR NAVIGATION FEES (AMENDMENT OF
SCHEDULES) REGULATIONS, 2020
PRESENTED
BY
THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES,
TOURISM AND LAND CLUSTER

  1. INTRODUCTION
    On Friday, 19th February, 2021 the Minister of Transport tabled the Air Navigation Fees
    (Amendment of Schedules) Regulations, 2020. The Regulations were referred to the Portfolio
    Committee on the Natural Resources, Tourism and Land Cluster for consideration in terms of
    Standing Order No.100 (3). The Committee invited the Hon. Minister of Transport to a briefing
    session in accordance with Standing Order No. 101 (2).
    The Committee, therefore, presents this Report to the House for consideration.
  2. MINISTERIAL BRIEFING
    The Air Navigation Fees (Amendment of Schedules) Regulations, 2020 are made pursuant
    to Sections 4 (3) and 48 (2) of the Aviation Act of 20081
    . These Regulations repeal and
    replace the Air Navigation fees (Amendment) Regulations, 20042
    .
    The Minister of Transport explained that the old Regulations of 2004, were no longer
    responsive to today’s circumstances and economic demands, hence their need for repeal.
    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) member States the principle of no
    country to be left behind, which demands standardized and harmonized aviation activities
    around ICAO member states. The Ministry has examined Air Navigation charges of other
    SADC states such as eSwatini and Botswana which have already updated their fees. The
    policy principal is regulating Air Navigation Charges and aviation licensing requirements
    which include; Aeronautical and non-Aeronautical fees and charges, Licensing fees of Air
    Traffic Controllers, Air and ground crew.
    The Regulations are in compliance with ICAO DOC 9082 SEC 1 (18) which states that Airlines
    should be informed of the fees increase.2
    When drafting this legislation, the following stakeholders were consulted: South African
    Airlink, MGC Aviation, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Central Bank of Lesotho, Ministry of
    Public Works (Planning Unit) and Lesotho Defence Force Air Wing.
    The Regulations impose financial charges in the form of licensing fees and other charges,
    which will generate revenue which has been budgeted for in the coming Financial Year
    2021/2022.
    CONCLUSION
    The Committee resolved to allow all the provisions of the Air Navigation Fees (Amendment
    of Schedules) Regulations, 2020.
  3. RECOMMENDATION
    The Committee recommends that the subordinate law be allowed and this report be adopted
    by the House.3
    MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE
  1. Hon. K. Mathaba (Chairperson)
  2. Hon. T.C. Lerafa
  3. Hon. T. J. Molise
  4. Hon. P. S. Molefi
  5. Hon. L. G. Motšoane
  6. Hon. J. M. Sello
  7. Hon. S. S. Sekhamane
  8. Hon. M. M. N. Moremoholo
  9. Hon. T. Ramatla
  10. Hon. M. Lenkoane
  11. Hon. L. D. Kompi
  12. Hon. M. ‘Muso
  13. Hon. M. Sello
  14. Hon. M. ‘Molotsi
  15. Hon. T. G. Manyooko
  16. Hon. N. E. Kaya
  17. Hon. T. Kholumo
  18. Hon. S. Ntsekele
  19. Hon. T Tṧolo
  20. Hon. M. Moletsane