Paramount Group, the African-based global aerospace and defence company, handed over a Mirage V airframe to Rhodesfield Technical High School to mark the official launch of the first engineering school of specialisation in aviation, and to celebrate its partnership with Gauteng’s Department of Education which encourages learners towards careers in aviation.
The MEC of Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, presided over the official unveiling of the Mirage V, which will be on permanent display at the entrance to the school.
Brian Greyling, CEO of Paramount Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of Paramount Group, said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Gauteng’s Department of Education and Rhodesfield Technical High School. This donation confirms our long-term commitment to the growth of South Africa’s aviation sector.
“It is our hope that the Mirage aircraft will stand proudly as a symbol of aviation excellence in the province, and that it will instil and nurture a passion for aviation and encourage learners to embark on an exciting future in the aerospace industry.”
Paramount Aerospace Systems operates an aviation academy which is dedicated to the training and qualification of the next generation of South Africans looking for a career in the aviation industry.
“I want to congratulate the Gauteng Department of Education on the establishment of Rhodesfield as an engineering school with a specialisation in aviation. This initiative will go a long way to reduce the gap between the number of professionals sought and the training capacity in South Africa.”