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.