The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) requires US$33 million to replace the old radar and air traffic control systems as it moves in to conform to international aviation standards as well as spearhead national development through facilitating tourism, trade and investment.

The continued failure by CAAZ to acquire modern airspace management systems might end up compromising safety within the airspace as the entity still has old systems in place.

The CAAZ Acting Director General, Mrs Margaret Mandizha said the Zimbabwe airspace remains safe as they make efforts to procure new equipment.

“As CAAZ, we have done everything possible to make sure that our airspace is safe although working with old equipment becomes more and more challenging in terms of making sure that you have 100 percent coverage. We are at an advanced stage in terms of procuring funding,” she said.

This year, CAAZ embarked on the development and expansion of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, a project which the Airport Director, Mr Tawanda Gusha said is expected to enhance the entity’s operations.

“The expansion comes with new and modern equipment which will enable us to process our work faster,” said Gusha.

After the tour, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Oscar Gorerino said his committee will push to make sure that CAAZ gets funding to acquire new equipment.

“We definitely have to push as a committee to make sure that the issue of a radar is addressed,” he said.

CAAZ is also in the process of unbundling under the Civil Aviation Amendment Act no. 10 of 2018, which splits the airports management company from the civil aviation authority.