First female GM for OR Tambo International Airport

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced on Monday that it had appointed Bongiwe Pityi as new general manager at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. It also marks the first time that a woman in post-apartheid South Africa has been tasked with fulfilling this role.

The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced on Monday that it had appointed Bongiwe Pityi as new general manager at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. It also marks the first time that a woman in post-apartheid South Africa has been tasked with fulfilling this role.

With 14 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Pityi initially started her career as manager of ACSA’s parking business at the then-Johannesburg International Airport in 2001. This was followed by accepting the position of general manager at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, then known as Durban International, in 2005.

In her most recent capacity, Pityi served as Deputy Director of Operational Readiness Planning at the Guarulhos International Airport, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Speaking of her appointment, ACSA CEO, Bongani Maseko, said Pityi’s years of experience, made her the ideal candidate for the job.

“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."

In a statement, Pityi said that although her new role is not going to be easy, she is raring to get it off the ground.

“I have no doubt about the challenging task ahead, and I am equally confident that during my two-year stint in Brazil, I learnt lessons that will enhance my ability to add value, and I do feel privileged that I will be supported by a strong and effective management team.”