CAF VISITS THE BOTSWANA
Nwabisa V Dlevu, AD ASTRA Magazine
The Air Arm Commander of the Botswana Defence Force, Maj Gen
Jefferson Tlhakwane invited the Chief of the South African
Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano for a goodwill visit to
Botswana over the period 19 to 21 February 2009.
The aim of the visit was to strengthen relations and
benchmark issues relating to force preparation concepts and
peace support operations i.e training of air and ground
crew. Some of the main discussions included the common
benchmarking of systems, ways of insuring cost effectiveness
and affordable maintenance philosophy.
The Air Arm Commander of the Botswana Defence Force Maj
Gen Jefferson Tlhokwane, CAF Carlo Gagiano and Col Nono Make
According to the
Senior Staff Officer Maintenance Capabilities, Directorate
Technical Staff Services at SAAF Headquarters, Col Make the
aim of the visit was achieved, as all the objectives that
were discussed had resolutions. Col Make said that the SAAF
had a good existing relationship with Botswana. As a result
CAF could proudly mention the names of the air and ground
crew that were trained by the SAAF.
“The visit improved existing relations and confirmed to be
very informative in enhancing thinking in operations,
doctrines and organizational structures”, said Col Make.
During CAF’s address on building air cooperation and
partnerships for Africa, the chief said that he wanted to
draw attention on two “Indivisibilities” which are security
and air power. Furthermore, he said that he firmly believes
that if there were to harness all their continental aviation
resources and impart a quality of indivisibility to the
collective entity as a start to utilize the available air