Still reeling from a damning R5bn irregular expenditure finding from the Auditor General, the City of Tshwane has reappointed a service provider to run the Wonderboom National Airport (WNA) in spite of warnings by its legal and supply chain management departments that the appointment could be unlawful.
But the City says the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will shut down the airport without a manager, and it could not appoint someone internally to do the job.
"The airport manager position was not filled due to an incorrect and non-compliant job specification and minimum qualifications required," the City's roads and transport department argued in support of the reappointment of a private airport management company.
It made the argument despite the City previously having had an in-house airport manager and a team of staff under its roads department which ran the airport, until it was taken over by the mayor's, and later, the city manager's offices.
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