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Call Closed: AISI Expression of Interest (EoI): AISI Technology Based Supplier Development Programme 2019/2020

The AISI selected three supplier development interventions to assist aerospace Integrators/Sub-Systems Suppliers and SMMEs to develop and contribute to the global aerospace manufacturing industry. The AISI will provide support for these interventions to be undertaken at the Integrator/Sub-Systems Supplier and/or SMME:


  1. Technology Enhancement
  2. Standards and Accreditation
  3. Supply Chain Optimisation

Kindly find the EoI guidelines, as well as the templates for Integrators/Sub-Systems Suppliers and SMMEs that should be completed for the EoI please.

EoI guidelines:

Templates (please ensure you complete the correct template):

Submission:  Hard Copies only

Closing Date:  18 March 2019 at 16:00

Where:  CSIR, Building 10, Reception

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AeSSA Annual Award for ‘Best 4th Year or Honours Degree Project’

The annual award for ‘Best 4th Year or Honours Degree Project’ of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) will be awarded for a second time in 2018. Students at any African university or university of technology are eligible for this award. Submissions may be made by individuals or teams in the final year of a four-year study programme in engineering, science, commerce, law or other disciplines, and whose final-year project focuses on the aerospace domain.

Due date for submission: 18 December 2018

Aspiring students will be required to submit the following:
  • A technical report (in English) in the format required by their university
  • A hyperlink to a YouTube clip of an audio-visual presentation (in English) of the project
  • Contact details of the team leader or sole author

In addition, a supervisor’s report with a short motivation (in English) supporting the submission, is required.

For more information, please send an email to

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Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration

Published by Engineering News

By: Jessica Oosthuizen, Creamer Media Reporter

Date:  31st August 2018

Photo by Bloomberg

TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITY The local aviation industry has to remain relevant in terms of technology

The Aeronautical Society of South Africa’s (AeSSA’s) yearly conference will take place at Hoogeind Manor, in Somerset West, on October 24 to 25 and is themed Aerospace for All.

The theme captures the increasing relevance of aeronautics and space to achieve outputs for economic and societal benefits now and into the future, says AeSSA president Marié Botha.

“We decided on the theme because we want to highlight what aeronautics can bring to South Africa, as well as our reliance on aerospace on a daily basis without realising it. This is something that the AeSSA wishes to bring to light on behalf of its diverse and multidisciplinary membership base.”

She notes that there is also a focus on changing the demographics of the aerospace industry by encouraging more women to join the industry. More women are entering the industry already but the AeSSA continues to focus on continually improving the science, technology, engineering and mathematics base specifically for women.

The AeSSA strongly supports women in all fields of the aerospace industry and actively encourages participation and further development, Botha highlights.

Moreover, AeSSA VP Danie Loots believes that this year’s conference and theme signals a crucially relevant aspect: “South Africa has a small aerospace industry with few players, who ideally should become more collaborative, because currently the industry is somewhat fragmented”.

Although there are a few large companies, such as State-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate Denel, and aeronautical engineering and manufacturing company Aerosud, there are also a host of smaller companies such as glider manufacturer Jonker Sailplanes, and aerospace design and manufacturing company DeltaV Aerospace.

Each company has something to offer, with some successes in the industry, but the local industry would benefit from these companies working together closely to assist with industry growth, Loots emphasises.

“What would really benefit the industry is a national flagship programme that could potentially help these companies grow into a prospering industry,” he advances.

Botha comments that the industry further needs government to be the anchor client of such a product platform.

Moreover, Loots posts that the AeSSA, as a volunteer organisation of people who are passionate about developing the industry, forms a good platform for creating this collaboration. The society and yearly conference also enable people to talk about the possibilities of collaborating and learn from each other, he adds.

Botha highlights that the society also brings in multidisciplinary approaches and different sets of skills, not just engineering, for example. Loots adds that the society creates awareness in the general public with its outreach efforts involving students and schoolchildren.

He further notes that the industry should

collaborate on a flagship programme to develop quality on par with international standards. “However, the local industry cannot compete with low-cost industries – it is difficult for South Africa to be competitive on labour and material.”

He says South Africa must compete on a different level, for example, technological capability, adding that the country produces high levels of engineering skill. Botha reiterates this, stating that the local industry has to remain relevant in terms of technology development and manufacturing processes.

“Further, it is crucial for the industry to work very closely together to ensure that the research being undertaken is relevant to the industry and the user,” she notes.

Loots emphasises that the industry has to develop at the same rate as the rest of the world in terms of trends, such as automation and artificial intelligence, as well as new ways of design and manufacturing processes that enable a more efficient, cost effective and internationally competitive local industry.

If South Africa does not develop at the same rate, the industry may soon find itself irrelevant, he concludes.

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Call Closed: AISI Call for Proposals: Industry Development and Technology Support Programme 2018/2019

The AISI realises that there is a need to support the local industry; therefore a Call for Proposals (CFP) is issued that aligns to the AISI’s goals; those of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP 2018/19-2019/20) and the Aerospace Sector Development Plan (SDP).

This call is aimed at attracting projects that contribute towards the development of the SA aeronautics, space and defence industry, specifically focusing on:

  • Supporting SMMEs and established industry in fostering new technologies; and
  • Developing the local content and capability of South African entities.

The CFP is open to both local OEMs and SMMEs.

The closing date for proposals are 18 June 201816:30.

The AISI Call for Proposals and Proposals Template can be downloaded as follows:

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Call Closed: AISI Expression of Interest 2018/2019

Expression of Interest (EoI)

Identifying Advanced Manufacturing Aerospace OEMs and SMMEs to participate in the AISI Technology Based Supplier Development Programme 2018/2019

EoI No: 001/05/03/2018

The purpose of the expression of interest (EoI) is to identify applicants who are involved in aerospace manufacturing and who qualify as Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to participate in the AISI’s Technology Based Supplier Development Programme. The AISI is issuing the EoI for proposals aligned to its goals and those of the South African Aerospace Industry.

The role of the AISI as an industry support mechanism is to:

  • Increase the contribution of small enterprises in the economy;
  • Significantly enhance Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE);
  • Raise the levels of direct investment overall, as well as in defined priority sectors;
  • Increase market access opportunities for and export of South African goods and services;
  • Contribute towards building skills and technology platforms;
  • Improvement of the local industry competitiveness;
  • Ensuring that new technologies are taken up by industry through an active process of industrialisation; and
  • Enable new suppliers to enter the supply chain and develop new technologies, industries and SMMEs to enable market entry and global competitiveness through access to technology.

The AISI’s supplier development interventions provide enabling mechanisms to assist industry to improve its competitiveness, productivity and quality management systems. This will assist the industry to optimise its operations and procedures in order to ensure South African industry integration into global supply chains. The strategic focus remains on SMMEs with the objective of ensuring industry transformation, and the broadening of the economic base participating in the industry.

Economic benefits derived through supplier development projects include competitiveness improvement, productivity improvement, improved lead times, improved quality, cost savings, compliance to environmental standards, improved delivery performance, increased customer satisfaction and job creation and retention. The AISI’s Supplier Development Programme has three distinct interventions for support. These interventions were identified as priority to assist and enable the South African aerospace industry to grow and compete globally. These interventions are:

This EoI focuses on identifying aerospace OEMs and SMMEs who will benefit from the aforementioned interventions.

Kindly find the EoI guidelines, as well as the OEM Template/SMME Template for your perusal/completion.


Submission:  Hard Copies only

Closing Date:  20 March 2018 at 12:00 (noon)

Enquiries:  Livison Mashoko –