South African Airways has elevated its fight against the illegal trade in wildlife by being certified for the latest the Illegal Wildlife Trade module of the International Air Transport Association’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme.

As part of its new status, SAA will increase awareness, training and co-operation with law enforcement. All employees will have the opportunity to be trained in methods to detect smugglers and their activities and to report these to the relevant authorities.

The IEnvA is a comprehensive evaluation system designed to independently assess and improve the environmental management of an airline. SAA is also a signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration of United for Wildlife, which tackles the illegal wildlife trade by bringing together conservation organisations, governments and global corporations.

SAA Acting CEO, Zuks Ramasia, said: “We can all do our part to stop this scourge that subjects our wildlife to cruel methods of smuggling or to death at the hands of poachers. SAA is committed to making a difference and protecting our wildlife.”

In other news, the national carrier was congratulated by the Minister of Tourism, Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, for being named as one of the top-performing airlines globally for on-time performance by travel data and analytics company, Cirium. “This is another indication that our tourism services are among the best in the world,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.