Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it has intensified measures at its airports to detect, manage and prevent the spread of Covid-19.
This comes after Mpumi Mpofu, the CEO of Airports Company South Africa, led a briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health about measures being put in place at the company’s three international airports as well as other regional airports.
The inspection visit to O.R Tambo International airport included a tour of the terminal buildings which enabled members of the committee to inspect the measures that have been implemented at international arrivals covering immigration and transit areas as well as the isolation facility for those with the disease symptoms.
According to Mpofu the intensified precautionary measures are aligned to standards and protocols provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
These measures are in addition to the continuing screening that is undertaken by Port Health.
Airports Company South Africa continues to encourage its passengers and the airport community to practise general hygiene tips provided by the authorities, safe respiratory hygiene (by wearing masks) and avoiding infection through direct contact for people working at airports (by wearing gloves).
Hand sanitisers have been placed at various points around airports. The frequency of disinfection cleaning of high-contact surfaces has also been increased.
Ready For More Aggressive Measures
Further, in support of the Department of Health’s efforts to educate and create awareness among the general public, various forms of communication including video, digital and printed leaflets will be placed in terminal buildings and posted on social media platforms.
Mpofu stressed that Airports Company South Africa is ready to take action on more aggressive measures should the need arise.
“In collaboration with all the authorities we urge travellers to follow the advice of global authorities and to avoid false or deceptive information,” Mpofu adds.
The global authority on Covid-19 is the World Health Organisation and at country level authority lies with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
Airports Company South Africa advises travellers and members of the public seeking further information to treat the organisation’s website as the authoritative source of information about Covid-19.
The WHO website has a section that outlines every aspect of the virus and may be found on
Commenting on the visit Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, chairperson of the committee “As Committee members we were impressed by the measures being put in place by ACSA. We were also pleased to observe that strict protocols for screening incoming passengers by Port Health officials remains in place.”