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Joe Maswanganyi urges SAA to comply with Zim aviation regulations

This follows a meeting between the minister and South Africa aviation agencies to discuss the grounding of an SAA aircraft at Harare International Airport.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi (C). Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has called on South African Airways (SAA) to comply with the regulations requested by Zimbabwean aviation officials to allow flights between Harare and Johannesburg to resume operations.

This follows a meeting between the minister and South Africa aviation agencies to discuss the grounding of an SAA aircraft at Harare International Airport yesterday.

The move led to the national carrier temporarily suspending all its flights between the two countries.

On Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority grounded a Zimbabwean plane at OR Tambo International Airport.

Zimbabwean authorities are demanding that SAA produce a foreign operator’s permit.

The transport department's Ishmael Mnisi says they hope to resume operations today.

“The meeting implored SAA to move swiftly to comply with all Zimbabwean aviation regulations. SAA assured the meeting that it has submitted all the documents.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)