About Us

The Kishugu Aviation Group provides a wide range of specialist aircraft and highly skilled pilots to clients that require the services of a professional aviation company.

Among other services, Kishugu Aviation, is renowned for providing the aerial support to the South African Governments’ Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (Expanded Public Works) Working on Fire Programme (WOF).

KISHUGU AVIATION GROUP

Kishugu Aviation, previously known as Forest Fire Association (FFA), started in 1989 with two aircraft and has grown into an aviation leader which today own/operate more than 40 aircraft.

The Kishugu Aviation Group is part of the Kishugu Group along with Kishugu Training, Kishugu Fleet Solutions and Working on Fire and provide all aspects of Integrated Fire Management Services to all affected sectors from governments, environmental and military agencies to forestry and agricultural companies to land users, NGO’s national and multi-national development agencies, industry associations and Fire Protection Associations (FPAs).

This includes all aspects of wildfire management from aviation services, fleet services, ground firefighter training, incident management teams, equipment and tools.

KISHUGU HOLDINGS

Kishugu Holdings has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of global landscapes affected by fire.

It has done widespread work in protecting, preventing and suppressing wildfire.

Our global leadership in Integrated Fire Management is maintained through innovation and investing in people. Our belief in high environmental and ethical standards is reflected in our core values of accountability, teamwork, excellence and making a difference. We are a Level 1 B-BBEE company who believes in the power of the collective.

These four subsidiaries, through our extensive knowledge and experience, have spread its wings beyond the horizons of wildfire firefighting and entered into various markets.

OUR VISION

Be the leader in aerial firefighting and aviation services in sub-Saharan Africa.

OUR MISSION

Aviation services that focus on safety, quality, client service and innovation.

OUR VALUES

Aviation services that focus on safety, quality, client service and innovation.

KISHUGU AVIATION BOARD MEMBERS

 

Dean Khumalo

Summary

Dean Khumalo

Non-executive Director of the Board

Qualifications:

Masters Degree: Aviation Safety specialising in Aircraft Airworthiness – ENAC and ENSICA.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Regenesys Business School.
Diploma in Senior Civil Aviation Management – Singapore Aviation Academy.
National Diploma in Aircraft Engines and Airframes Maintenance.
National Certificate in Aircraft Engines and Airframes Maintenance.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Licence. (SACAA Categories A & C).
Aeronautical Engineering Certificate.

Colin Jordaan

Summary

Colin Jordaan

Non-executive Director of the Board

Qualifications:

Aeronautical Engineering: Wits University
Mechanical and Structural Engineering: Aeronautical Research (CSIR)
Aviation Business Leaders’ Development Course: Cambridge Judge School of Business, UK –
Chief of Civil Aviation Authorities Course: Singapore Aviation Academy.

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr. Jordaan was the CEO and Director of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and the ex-officio Executive Director on the CAA Board.
He was a member of the South African Institute of Director’s since 2008 and a Non-executive director of 3S Media (Pty) LTD from January 2006 to July 2015.
Prior to that, Mr. Jordaan held the position as a non-executive director of the Recreation Aviation Administration South Africa (RAASA) as well as the Director on the Board of the Aero Club of South Africa. His experience in directorship started in 1975 when he was the Director of the Wits University Flying Association (Section 21 Company).

Duke Moorosi

Summary

Duke Moorosi

Non-executive Director of the Board

Qualifications:

Professional Aviation Management: McGill University, Canada
DeHavilland Twin Otter Training: Toronto, Canada
Beechcraft King Air 300 Course: Wichita, KS, USA
Fokker Friendship RSA Training: Comair, Johannesburg

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr Moorosi has extensive experience in Flight Operations and holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence. Over the years he gained Executive Level Management Experience and was the Chairperson of the Safety Review Panel of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). He held the position as the Chairperson of the SACAA as well various directorships at several companies.

Emile Grobbelaar

Summary

Emile Grobbelaar

CEO of Kishugu Aviation and Director of the Board

Qualifications:

BCompt Honours
CA (SA): South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr. Grobbelaar joined the Deloitte Pretoria office in 2001 and was seconded to the Deloitte Office in Tampa Florida, USA in 2003 and after a year’s experienced, moved to the Nelspruit branch.  He left the Auditing Profession in 2006 for a career in commerce and industry whereby he joined Kishugu in 2009 as a Director and CFO o the company. He participated in developing and driving the group strategy, with specific focus on finance. His interest for aviation grew where he became more involved with Kishugu Aviation. He served on the Aviation Board since 2010 and today holds the title as CEO for Kishugu Aviation since 2018.

Tony Kennett

Summary

Tony Kennet Kishugu Aviation Board 2020

Tony Kennett

Non-Executive Director of the Board

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr. Kennett is a keen entrepreneur and businessman with various shareholdings and business ventures in a variety of industries ranging from the hospitality- aviation- agriculture and farming industries. His appointment to the board is to play a technical advisory role to assist in the strategic business objectives of the company and to give clear direction in terms of the way forward.

Trevor Abrahams

Summary

Trevor Abrahams

MD of Working on Fire and Director of the Board

Qualifications:

B.A. Hons: Post Graduate Award Human Science Research Council
M.A: Post Graduate Research Award Human Science Research Council
M.A.: SUNY Foreign Student Scholarship Awards: December 1981, April 1985.

Skills, expertise and experience

Mr. Abrahams served on various boards within Kishugu, either as a director or Executive Director. He is currently the MD for Working on Fire. His previous experience ranges from being the CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the Chairperson of the National Aviation Security Committee, National Director of the SCHED Trust, the Advisor for the Ministry of Education as well as the Advisor for the ministry of Trade and Industry. Mr. Abrahams was also a consultant to the Department of Transport.