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On Novem­ber 13 2016, we pub­lished a story head­lined “This is a na­tional se­cu­rity risk”. The story was in part based on a re­port by the State Se­cu­rity Agency (SSA) on train­ing pro­vided for “mil­i­tary pi­lots” at Polok­wane In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The re­port re­vealed cer­tain ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the travel doc­u­ments of some of the stu­dents and con­cluded that the train­ing could in­ad­ver­tently be pro­vided to “in­di­vid­u­als with ma­li­cious in­tent”.

City Press fur­ther re­ported that the com­pany that pro­vided the train­ing, Aero­sud Aerospace Sys­tems, was ac­quired by the Para­mount Group in 2014. The SSA re­port, how­ever, deals with train­ing pro­vided by Aero­sud in 2013 and 2014, prior to its ac­qui­si­tion by Para­mount.

Para­mount and the train­ing that it is still cur­rently pro­vid­ing was there­fore not im­pli­cated in any wrong­do­ing in the SSA re­port. Para­mount’s spokesper­son, Nico de Klerk, stressed that it is not con­duct­ing any mil­i­tary pi­lot train­ing, that all their stu­dents have proper visas, and that all the per­mits and li­cences are in place to train for­eign stu­dents.

City Press re­tracts and apol­o­gises for any sug­ges­tion that the Para­mount Group is in­volved in ir­reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at its train­ing fa­cil­ity.

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