25 September 2012South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel and Russian Helicopters, a leading international designer and manufacturer of helicopters, have signed an agreement to create a helicopter servicing hub for sub-Saharan Africa.The agreement was signed at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria last week.Through the agreement, Denel Aviation, a division of Denel, is now the only company in sub-Saharan Africa accredited to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for models produced by Russian Helicopters.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Denel chief executive Riaz Saloojee said the agreement would significantly expand the company’s business in Africa and strengthen its position as the premier provider of MRO services on the continent.Sub-Saharan maintenance hubDenel Aviation CEO Mike Kgobe said Denel’s objective was to become the maintenance hub for most of the modern commercial and military aircraft operating in sub-Saharan Africa.“The agreement represents the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the two companies,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov said civil aviation was a high-growth market in Africa, and that Russian Helicopters was well positioned to be a market leader on the continent for years to come.“We see great potential for our helicopters in countries across Africa, and are delighted to be working with Denel Aviation to provide a complete customer care programme for our clients on the continent,” Petrov said.Skills transferFrom October, Denel Aviation technical staff will attend an intensive training programme on the latest Russian Helicopters technology and procedures in the eastern Siberian city of Novosibirsk.This will mean that teams of Denel Aviation engineers and technicians will be deployable at short notice to perform emergency repair work on helicopters across the continent.For deeper-level MRO work, the aircraft will be transported to the company’s facilities close to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.“Our knowledge of the African geography and climatic conditions, and the track record of our products that have been extensively deployed in operational conditions, make us a logical partner of choice to the military and civilian markets on the continent,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters manufactures an extensive line-up of versatile and resilient helicopters for purposes ranging from cargo and passenger transport to medevac and search-and-rescue missions, fire-fighting, corporate transportation and offshore in the oil and gas sector.Russian Helicopters has been sole vendor of Russian-built civilian helicopters to foreign clients since consolidation of the country’s helicopter manufacturing sector was completed in 2010.Source: SANews.gov.za
22 January 2013 South Africa’s boisterous, colourful supporters are very special to the national team, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday, urging the public to carry the spirit they showed in Johannesburg over to Durban, where Bafana Bafana face Angola in a must-win game on Wednesday. Addressing journalists in Johannesburg on Monday, Igesund said the crowd at the National Stadium on Saturday had been “brilliant” in their effort to lift the team in very challenging playing conditions. “We now need the public to go to Moses Mabhida Stadium in their numbers and give the boys the support and work as the 12th player. “We will do our best to make our amazing supporters happy,” Igesund vowed. “They have been fantastic throughout and they need to be rewarded with performances that warrant their unwavering support.” He said the dream of winning the tournament was still very much alive, and that it was only a matter of time before Bafana turned their chances into goals. South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani said Bafana Bafana still had an excellent opportunity to progress further in the tournament. “We urge the public to continue supporting and encouraging our boys to regain their winning mentality.” Bafana will face Angola at the Moses Mabhida stadium at 5pm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, in a thrilling Group C match, Ethiopia held reigning champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Collins Mbesuma scored for Zambia, but Adane Girma equalised for Ethiopia, who were down to 10-men after their goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 25th minute. In the second Group C match, Burkina Faso struck a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Nigeria, leaving Group C all square. On Tuesday evening, a star-studded Ivory Coast will face a Togolese team led by Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rusternburg, followed by a clash between North African giants Algeria and Tunisia at the same venue. Source: SANews.gov.za
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