The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, launched the City's Mandela Day activities at the Wonderboom Airport on 17 July 2017. The Executive Mayor was joined by the MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, and the Chairperson of the Section 79 Committee on Health, Alderwoman Rita Aucamp.
In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, the City launched the first ever aviation park in Africa as part of a skills development programme for Tshwane youth.
Msimanga hosted disadvantaged children from the Bramley Children's Home at the Wonderboom Aviation Play Park. The orphans and children from poor and disadvantaged communities around Tshwane were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience of flying in an aircraft with the Mayor.
The play park will be opened to all the children of Tshwane once completed.
The park will stimulate learning about aviation among children and will be the first step in creating awareness of the aviation space as a viable career path for young kids.
The aviation play park is envisaged to be utilised to derive income for the Wonderboom National Airport through entrance fees for the general public in future.
"I strongly believe that this youth development programme will help to address skills gaps in the aviation industry and provide the opportunity for Wonderboom National Airport to give back in a tangible way to the communities that contributed to 80 years of successful operations," added Msimanga.