Airports Company South Africa has announced the appointment of Bongiwe Pityi
as the new General Manager of O.R. Tambo International Airport, the biggest and
busiest airport in Africa, with effect from 1 September 2014.
O.R. Tambo International, Airports Company South Africa’s flagship airport,
will be headed up by a woman for the first time when Bongiwe Pityi assumes her
new role. An admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Pityi has a
14-year track record in the aviation industry, having fulfilled several
management roles for Airports Company South Africa, both locally and abroad.
Pityi was the first Manager to be entrusted with the management of Airports
Company South Africa’s parking business in November 2001, based at the then
Johannesburg International Airport. In 2005, she was appointed Assistant General
Manager: Durban International Airport before leading and managing the
operational transition of the old airport to the new King Shaka International
Airport. This was followed by her appointment as Assistant General Manager: King
Shaka International Airport in 2010.
Her most recent position, from 2012 until the middle of this year, was Deputy
Director: Operational Readiness Planning at Guarulhos International Airport, in
São Paulo, Brazil, in which Airports Company South Africa has a stake. She
played a critical role in improving the airport’s capability and ensuring its
readiness to handle an influx of aircraft and passengers in time for the 2014
FIFA World Cup held in Brazil in July. Ms Pityi is the 2013 SA’s Most
Influential Woman in Business/Government in the SOE category.
Chief Executive Officer of Airports Company South Africa, Bongani Maseko
said, "Ms Pityi is ideally suited to operate our flagship O.R. Tambo
International Airport as she has extensive aviation experience. She has proven
her abilities in South Africa and Brazil and I am certain that she will do an
excellent job of managing Africa’s busiest airport."
Pityi said of her appointment, "I am very excited, but also humbled by the
fact that I have been appointed to lead Africa’s premier airport. I have no
doubt about the challenging task ahead, and am equally confident that during my
two-year stint in Brazil I learnt lessons that will enhance my ability to add
value. I do feel privileged that I will be supported by a strong and effective
She joins the airport at a time when focus is geared towards improving
service levels, and heightening operational excellence.
For more information, please contact:
Company South Africa Spokesperson
Direct: +27 (0) 11 921 6087
(0) 79 882 7307