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looks unusable,even for trikes

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Absolute chaos

It took me nearly two hours to get through passport control at Joburg airport this morning after my flight from the UK. It was absolutely chaotic with no organisation the queues were four deep and there were very few passport staff available. When approached the staff were most unhelpful avoiding eye contact and shrugging their shoulders saying we the travelling public were being aggressive. This is my first visit to South Africa, and I'm sorry to say it will be my last after this experience. Not a way to encourage tourism.

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Fuel Avaialble

HI There. please contact me for Avgas in Drums (Shell Fuel) +27 76 0188202

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Fuel availability

Hi - want to know if it is possible to get Avgas at this airfield. Pls leave name contact number of anyone who can help!

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baggage screener

As a qualified baggage screener i want to work in the aviation sector to protect passenger ,staff and AIRPORT facility from terrorist,sabotage of AIRPORT and aircraft,hijacking at AIRPORT and aircraft my course are GRADE A Psira ,NKP,Avsec,HBS ,DGR ,CTX500 and SACAA CERTIFICATEST my contact 0768216158 my email is mahlogedi77@gmail.com

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baggage screener

My name is agnes legoabe ,l am looking for a job as baggage screener ,i am an expect on detecting DGR,EXPLOSIVE and WEAPONS l have GRADE A psira ,NKP,AVSEC,DGR CAT 6 ,CTX 500,HBS TRAINING AND SACAA CERTIFICATE. AVAILABLE AT ANYTIME

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Flying school

Is there a flying school in Aberdeen?

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public flights?

Good morning, do you perhaps offer public flights to this airport?

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Change the ICAO

Please change the ICAO code shown (FAJS) to FAOR.

Thank yoy

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annonymous

dear /sir madam.

well im very sad to say that my friend was raped by friend but now we have 2 break the silince the guy is in kenya and he has to be arrested when coming in .

his name is emmanuel ole kipino tukkuo when you arrest him he will take you up to here where he raped my friend in vryburg northwest where he was working for insurance we reported but the guy talked with the police not to areest him now he has to be arrested.

thanks you lebohang

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Airfield appears not operational

No sign of activity at runway. Hangars have gone. Tar runway looks good from air but found cattle all over field and appears people are using it as a driving test ground.

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Home Affairs agent refused to allow me into South Africa bec

I just passed through JNB airport (16:10 PM on December 21). I am on a one-night layover from Malawi to the United States, a layover I have a half dozen times per year for work-related travel. As I have completed this exact itinerary many times in the past, I was one of the first off of my flight to arrive in the cue for non-visa countries. Much to my dismay, between when I entered the metal maze to get to the front and when I actually got to the front, a Home Affairs agent had allowed dozens of people from the visa-required line into the non-visa line. So, I was about 30 people back in line than I would have been if I had gotten to the metal maze 30 seconds earlier seconds earlier. Now, I can understand reallocating people across lines, but the problem is that visa-required visitors take a longer time to process, so it is inefficient for everyone and frustrating for customers to reallocate people between these lines. By the time I got to the front of the line, I was admittedly impatient. I did not say anything, however, as I stepped up to the desk. The Home Affairs woman looked at me and said, "Choose another line." And I said, "Why?" And she said, "I did not like how you threw your passport at me." I moved to another line, where I was processed expediently.

Now, as a technical point, it would have been impossible for me to actually throw my passport, as I had to reach around the previous person to even put it on the counter, as he was taking a long time to pack up his belongings.

But that is, of course, not the point. The point is that it is not the role of an immigration agent to decide who gets to enter the country based on manners or demeanor. They process documents, not personalities. Further, my behavior was not at all problematic. I did not say a single word to her or take any action other than putting my passport on the counter. Again, I fully acknowledge I was impatient. But given the notorious lines at security and passport control at the Johannesburg airport, this is, unfortunately, a common sentiment among the customers waiting in line. As a visitor in this country, I have no obligation to arrive smiling and deferential when I greet the Home Affairs agent. For better or for worse, I am entitled entry to the country regardless of my mood, as long as my documents are in order and I present no security risk.

In fact, there is some argument to be made that I, as the visitor and the customer, have less of an obligation to be solicitous and courteous than she does, as a customer service agent representing the South African government and the first point of contact for hundreds of visitors to the country every day. The most unfortunate part of this interaction is that I told two people of the interaction after it happened and before I wrote this email - one person who let me go ahead of him in the other passport line, and one person at the baggage claim. Both said the same thing: “Well, welcome to South Africa.” It is people like this Home Affairs agent - people who prioritize their ego over hospitality, who wish to judge visitors instead of welcome them, and who believe they have power and discretion they do not have - that make people worldwide believe that South Africa is an unfriendly place. This belief, in turn, affects South Africa’s position in the global economy.

I sincerely hope that JNB takes this situation as an opportunity to educate Home Affairs agents on being ambassadors of courtesy and generosity to those visiting the country. South Africa certainly doesn’t need more of a reputation for exclusion and judgement.

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Passport check didn't stamp passport intentionally

Waited in like for my passports to be checked. Flying with a minor sister. The woman at the desk, Siphiwe Nkosi, then proceeded to threaten to cancel my flight as I was on my phone. My sister pointed out that the no cellphone sign was covered with a handwritten piece of paper that said RSA passports. She argued back with us and told me to Thula. Luckily, I checked my sister's passport which she intentionally hadn't stamped after the argument. Her supervisor was rude and did not once apologize for the poor behaviour of this woman. She knew that an unstamped minor's passport would make it impossible for us to get into any country!!!!!!

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Whatever happened to Dunnottar Air Force Base ?

Whatever happened to Dunnottar?

Postby ICEMAN » Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:06 pm

I know the airforce deserted Dunnottar Airfield a couple of years ago, maps show it as "abandoned". The runways were huge and managed multiple formations of training harvards simultaneously....

Anyone know what happened to the runway and facilities? is it pvt or still government owned? It the runways are still there, it would make a spiffy :) :) :) place for a micro sortie, so any ideas who to contact for permission?

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Postby ICEMAN » Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:30 pm

Just taken a looksy @ Dunnottar with the google satellite............ runways still marked out, can see the threshold runway numbers and the white makers on the borders....... 3 parallel grass runways running East/West and 3 parallel running North/South.......

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Postby The Agent » Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:35 pm

SAd to see how the bases are being closed one by one. First they use the equipment until it is broke then they pass it on to another dept and aventually its closed. I had abloody good time at Dunnottar and a number of pilots and students learnt what they today know about flying on that base. My eldest son was born there so we have asoft spot for the place and ofcourse the old trusty Harvard, and what do some of the other people who stayed at dunno's say.

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Dunnottar

Postby Splitter » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:50 am

Dunnottar is currently used by the Army's Engineering Corps as storage facility. :oops: The runways are parked with big truck's, bridges etc. :evil: What an ugly sight. It will never be the same again

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Postby ICEMAN » Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:23 am

What a pity, what a waste....... i heard a few years back that the plan was to revamp, convert and expand it into an international airport to alleviate some of the JIA traffic and congestion.

But then again, that was about the same time that the Lesotho Military open up a can of "whip-arse" on us.

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Postby ACE » Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:36 am

Iceman,

Check with Fred Blokland, or any triker from Springs on this forum and enquire. I trained at Springs a few years ago and often, the instructor and I would go there for circuits and bumps. It was nice & quiet so you could concentrate on the flying and not worry too much about traffic.

Lately I believe that some paragliders or powered parachutists have used it as a launch site but this info is not necessarily accurate.

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Dunnotar !!

Postby Chaz » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:24 pm

Heya folks :!: :!:

Your'e right ACE Dunnottar is being used by the paragliders. Flew over there the other afternoon and whilst alerting traffic under special rules East was told to be on the lookout for some paragliders in the area.

You right about the Harvards Agent think, all S.A's have a soft spot for them. At Springs for those who are not aware you can go in one of two Harvards for either a 15 minute flip or 20 minute Aerobatic flip. Only 11 Harvards left flying in the entire country and the Harvard Club of South Africa dont know how much longer they can keep them going due to lack of support. Normal flip R450.00 and aerobatic flip R800.00.

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Postby ICEMAN » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:03 pm

Chaz,

Thanks for the update, at least the facility is still being used for flying purposes.

Only 11 Harvards left flying in the entire country

wow, thats not namy left, i grew up in benoni in the 80`s and remember the large numbers of SAAF students from dunottar passing overhead on training excercises in the summer afternoons........, wave after wave of 15-20+ at a time, to be dead honest i firmly believe thats where and when my eyes first turned skywards :-(-( :-(-( .... very impressive stuff for a young boy...

(ps: Ace.... i see we share the same legal representaives.... Smith, Wesson and Associates. :wink: )

i believe that at one time, dunnottar operated the largest fleet of harvards in the world

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Announcements

The announcements at O.R. Tambo cannot be understood in spite of dedicated attempts. If your staff or system is incapable to delivering the required messages coherently rather put them up on digital displays. If I am wrong.....I challenge any of the management or staff to a decipher the announcements accurately.

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Hangar space wanted

Hello Salmon - did you get any replies on your post for hangar facilities ? I'm also interested in Hanger space at Panorama Airfield.

Plse advise rwaldeck at antalis dot coza

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Accident Report available on SACAA web

Daar gaan nie 'n sekonde verby wat ek nie aan hom dink nie. Amper drie jaar sonder hom, voel soos 'n ewigheid.

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Highway Airfiels

Great runway

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Delayed flight & Internet

I am absolutely shocked at how terrible Lanseria International Airport is. This is most definitely the last time I will be flying from this airport. My flight was changed to an hour later- not sure as to why because it was changed a month ago already. You book a flight to be somewhere at that time, they should t just be able to change the flight times. Sitting in Lanseria as we speak and my Internet cap has been reached within 20 min of writing emails. I am totally irritated!!!

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HUBCAPS / WHEELCAPS STOLEN

I parked my car in the lower basement at OR Tambo on 20th of October and returned from Cape Town on Sunday the 23rd of October. On my return found that my hubcaps were stolen!

I have paid for a service and included in that was a level of security. I have logged a case at the police station, went back within the same week to view the camera footage. It was no surprise conveniently enough when they told me the camera viewing my car have been out of order for a while now. In the first place could they not have told me this before I drove all the way to view this. However they could see on the camera that when I drove in my car had hubcaps and when I drove out there were no hubcaps. All the officer could tell me is that the case is now closed because there is no camera footage that proofs the hubcaps were stolen. The ACSA security just said they will inform management the camera needs to be replaced and in working order as this is now a hotspot. (My hubcaps weren't the only one's that was stolen on that day) I feel because their camera was not working it's no fault of mine. ACSA should then be responsible for this theft. It must be an inside job because they knew the camera is not working.

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very sad - International Transfer

I have been three times to O'Tambo airport within the past 2 weeks and with the exception of a 21 hour landing internationally and leaving internationally I have had negative experiences. There seems to be 6 or 7 desks but every time I had to go thru the international transfer it was manned by only 3 people and unfortunately with the introduction of fingerprint scan and picture taken it takes time so there is always chaos there. I am surprised how this has not been addressed to date and not sure this site is going to do anything about it.

People are missing flights, people are tired having to stand in line for a long time after getting off a long 16 hour flight only to get to their connecting flight. It makes little sense since we aren't leaving the airport. We are transferring.

Wish someone looked into this a bit more seriously...

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CABIN CREW / GROUND STAFF

Good Day,

I am 20 years old and I have recently obtained my cabin crew licence at Ept Aviation. I would love to work as either ground staff or hostess and work my way up to a crew member as soon as a position is available. I stay within 10 min from the airport and I have my own transportation.

Please contact me on jordaanroxane@gmail.com and I will forward my CV

Regards,

Roxane Jordaan

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DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS CUSTOMS

Since this is just a soundboard and no reply - listen to this one. Visitor come with Relative Visa issued in country of Origion - Customs Official at OR Tambo asks - Why is Visa issued abroad and not in South Africa - I tried to speak to official - I ask her name - she say its OFFICER - I ask kindly you name - "hey..hey..hey...you want to speak to me or not?" and handed the phone back. WTF? Home Affairs does mpy understand their own Immigration legislation?

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18 stations, 0ne working.

There are 18 stations at immigration for South African passport holders. Why is only one manned and operational?

Unacceptable

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Flight

Hi please tell me do you have flights to wonderboom airport pretoria?

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Insane!

So this is a foreign visitor's first experience of South Africa.

Passport control for over 2 hours, standing, no food, no water, most people having not had the best night sleep on the plane.

Disgraceful. South Africa should be ashamed of its welcome.

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Immigration a joke

The Goverment is always saying they are creating employment. Well there there are twenty empty desks at ORT immigration and 300 customers. One hour to clear immigration is a minium. Fly via Durban or Cape Town if possible is my recommendation.

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Completely appalling

Passport control is slow as usual. I've been in a queue for almost TWO HOURS (and counting) just to get my passport stamped. No seating arrangements and no water provisions. This is ridiculous! I'm appalled. Why does no one do anything about this? It happens EVERY SINGLE TIME. No.

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RIDICULOUS

Never have I had such a bad experience in an international airport. Waited 2 hours in the immigration line just to get a stamp on my passport. There were hundreds of people waiting and only two booths open! When we finally got through we had to hunt for our bags because the carousel for our flight was long finished! I find it hard to believe that a large international airport like Or Tambo wouldn't be able to plan ahead for the amount of arrivals and put on more staff! Absolutely appalling!

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INHUMANE O R Tambo

Making people wait in a queue for three hours. ..no where to sit....no water....disgusting.

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O.R Tambo international airport customs

O.R tambo international airport immigration que is long again as usual with people taking almost more that two hours to come out into the arrivals hall.

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Avgas available?

Hi,

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to purchase a gas in Grahamstown. If not, what is the best way of arranging fuel there. Is there hanger space for a C182 available for 2017?

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High Altitude Balloon Launch Request

Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to launch a high altitude balloon from the airfield as part of a school outreach programme. Do you have contact details of someone I could discuss this with?

Best

Gavin Paterson

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O.R Tambo international airport customs

Immigration today in O.R Tambo international airport seems to be a bit better today but still a long wait. Not as bad as yesterday waiting 2 & a half hours for guests to come out.

Bio-metirics still an issue causing delays & immigration need more staff.

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O.R Tambo international airport customs

Long que at immigration again with people & family's having to wait almost 3 hours just to get through to arrivals. Even the arrivals hall is packed with people because of the delay at immigration.

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Immigration at Arrival

Does anyone even read these comments and complaints? There are 46 immigration counters at the arrivals terminal. We arrived on the afternoon of 4th Sep and 4 or 5 planes must have arrived at the same time. The area was filled to capacity and overflowing. Yet there were less than 10 immigration officials manning the cubicles. Spent more than an hour on the que. So annoying!! Get more people!! Please!!

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With o the complaints about staff n their attitudes to travelers why is nothing being done. Its painful to see parents with babies standing over 1 hour in line at immigration. Babies r tired n irritated. Pipo missing their connections because there is no one to attend to them. I am an african n I feel so guilty to c my fellow brothers n sisters acting like we r still fighting 4 independence. Management kindly take a serious look at the situation at this airport before it is completely black listed n people lose their jobs

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No Airlines land at Port St Johns

No Airlines land at Port St Johns, only charter

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Inbound immigration

As a international traveler I see many of the worlds immigration services and joburg inbound immigration are by far the worst I have ever seen . Very bad attitude. You are treated like a dog and the queuing system is so inefficient . Most days I'm left feeling disappointed and angry after clearing in to joburg. These officials think they are above the law.

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Immigration doing just great!

Incoming. July 29, Friday evening. In a rare gesture of thoughtfulness and hospitality, immigration has assigned 3 officers to process a handful of flights. After all, there are only 19 booths for foreigners. How kind! Done and dusted in less than 100 minutes which is exactly how long my flight lasted. Well done!

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Attitude

1230 Friday 22nd. Security lines packed... only 3 gates operating..... lazy men in blue jackets standing around finding this very amusing..... passengers are running late..... incompetent, useless staff that don't seem to care and have a disgusting attitude.... foreigners find this unbelievable..... unless!!!!!!!.... embarrassing to be a South African....

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O.R Tambo international airport customs

17:00 - Airport customs for the moment has temporarily stopped using the Biometrics as it is causing some serious delay. But is still a problem.

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JHB Customs

JHB O.R Tambo customs very, very slow today with long que's taking almost 3 hours for guests to come out at arrivals after collecting luggage.

Reason being because Biometrics is not function ing correctly & creating delays.

Delays sometimes also caused because lack of staff especially early in the mornings when their are only 3 custom officials.

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Good site

Thanks

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@ anonymous flyer

Please visit http://www.mosselbayaero.com/wcontact.php

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reservation system Job.

i completed my course of the Galileo Reservation System and have some experience in finances, Please do contact me 076 939 7290 or email: chardonnaylopes94@gmail.com

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2 customs officials at counters

Disgraceful poor service, 2 customs officials at international departures with hundreds of people queuing about to miss flights. I hate you

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IS THERE CAN AIRPORT IN GIYANI (GIY)

I want to fly form Pretoria to Giyani

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FALL

Welcome all Aviators to Lydenburg. My name is Louis van Rhyn 082 550 8832.We are a couple of aviators who maintains the Lydenburg Airfield . We will shortly have a Lease agreement in place which will make it possible to charge small landing fees The Fees will be payable in an Honesty Box R 30.00 per aircraft and R 30.00 per night. We dont have any security, but you are welcome to arrange should you need any assitance please feel free to contact me. All Funds are used to cut the grass, replace windsocks and maintaining the fence, to try and keep the cattle from the Runway. Safe Flying. Cheers.

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Rude male member of staff

Gate A12/13 23/6/16 @ 17:30 sitting waiting for my husband to return with some pain killers as I am very weak with good poisoning & get told to go out of the gate to have passport checked. Explained I was alone & couldn't carry the bags alone so was told when my husband comes back the passports can be checked. 2 mins later a guy comes over & says exactly the same thing. I tried to explain but he was rude, obnoxious & continually over talked me. He threatened to have me removed & told me I could easily carry the bags myself. After 5 minutes of his constant rudeness & talking at me he told me to leave the bags where they were & walk 50 feet to have my passport checked - which he could easily have done himself. What a horrible rude unpleasant member of your staff. He is a disgrace to your organisation.

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