2018 Christmas Message from the Chairman of MISASA
The end of the year conventionally heralds a time to reflect on many aspects of the passing year. In many respects, I will remember 2018 as a “lucky packet” year, filled with many highs but overshadowed with several lows. There was however an abundance of very much of everything in between too. The reincorporation of RAASA into CAA is definitely going to present several new expected and unexpected challenges all the while other lows we have experienced, we’ll be compelled to be inventive and find tangible solutions for a very bumpy journey ahead.
It is no surprise that the economic downturn, particularly in South Africa, subtly caused the country to slip into a technical recession for the first time since 2009. Contributing factors for this was largely caused by a combination of political developments, rising fuel prices and higher taxes, resulting in low customer and business confidence, and exchange rate volatility. This has emphasised the downward trend of membership renewals and folks remaining current. I sincerely hope we’ll emerge out of the ashes and that the recreational aviation industry can return to its former glory.
For many, as you take leave from your places of employment or businesses’ and close up shop for the holiday season, on behalf of the MISASA Committee, I wish you a well-deserved break. We thank you for your continued support and vote of confidence.
Enjoy quality time with family, friends and loved ones as Christmas comes but once a year, bringing with it a plethora of colours and flavours. May your Christmas & Festive Season also be one of happiness and abundance replete with the notes of laughter and good cheer!
If travelling or doing what you enjoy, whether it is in the air, water or on the road …. Be SAFE and SAFETY Minded.