Dear WAIG member,
Reflecting on last year, I’m sure we can all agree that 2018 was a rather challenging year, and as far as Wonderboom airport goes, it was no different. It’s fair to say that for the WAIG team it has been our most difficult year yet. As you would all know, working with a city council is very challenging, and since the intervention team took over at the end on 2017 the whole management team changed and so did all the “rules”. It has really been a monumental task to engage with the “new management”, but our dedicated team has persevered to the point that we now have some form of working relationship with airport management. However, it remains a slow, tedious process to get the simplest of issues discussed, debated and/or resolved.
We have realized that perhaps we don’t always communicate enough will all our member, its often a case of not wanting to burden our members with too many e-mails. Having said that, I’m going to keep this newsletter as short and to the point as possible. The objective of this newsletter is to point out the amount of work that gets done in a year and why we should all continue to stand together as the Wonderboom airport community.
The first few months of 2018 were very frustrating. In previous years, we have always had airport management join our meetings and listen to our members challenges. We would often find ways, or at least, some form of compromise which led to a conducive environment of working together. At the very worst, even when issues where not solved, we at least knew why. However, from December 2017 all that changed, and we no longer had direct communication with management, making it very difficult to address any issues. To make things worse, many procedures kept changing overnight, ranging from general security to access cards, to flight operations, down to closing of runway 06/24. Whether it affected you or not, WAIG was there for each and every issue trying to find common ground.
Here are just some of the more prominent matters that WAIG took on in 2018: