Expansion and Uplift Plans
We are planning to expand our facilities to meet growing demands, as well as to provide an aviation awareness and learning centre.
How can you help us?
The Museum seeks sponsorship for the following:
A new building to include:
a) Display Area, housing the collection of artefacts – typically the simulators, cut-away engines and photographic displays. This area will also contain a lounge/waiting area and souvenir/gift shop.
b) Research centre with library and computer workstations.
c) Office, preparation room and storeroom.
d) Lecture room/function room.
e) General purpose storeroom and workshop.
f) Kitchen/staff canteen.
g) Ladies toilets.
h) Gents toilets
Future staff and volunteers required:
- A project leader responsible for supervising and monitoring various museum projects.
- A Museum manager who will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Museum as well as co-ordinate all fundraising activities.
- Part-time volunteer co-ordinator to co-ordinate the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers.
- Education co-ordinator who will design, develop, implement and evaluate all educational activities.
All members of the public are welcome to apply for these roles or volunteer their time where possible.
The purpose of the SAA Museum Society’s new facilities will be to:
- Educate and stimulate interest in historic civil aviation
- Provide a forum for the exchange of aircraft history and information
- Further general interest in aviation.
A state-of-the-art research centre, complete with library and computer workstations, combined with a lecture hall will provide a completely functional education facility. Simulators, cut-away engines, artefacts, as well as many fascinating aviation related items will provide students with an insight into how flight works.
The Museum is committed to offering a rich educational experience.
Marketing And Advertising
The marketing strategy has three major components: advertising, community involvement and membership.
The marketing agenda includes:
- Aviation-related activities such as air shows and aerospace functions and exhibitions
- The creation and distribution of brochures
- Newspaper and social media coverage of all events
- News releases will be sent out for all special projects and community programs, which will be offered throughout the year
- Digital advertising campaigns
Special “Open Days” will also be periodically organised to invite the community to visit and experience the Museum.
Benefits To The Community
The SAAMS is a gathering place for members of the public from all over the country who have an interest in aviation history. It will be a valuable resource for education, researchers and aviation historians.
We create opportunities for a wide range of volunteers, from senior citizens to high school students, to work at the Museum and make a valuable contribution towards preserving the history of civil aviation in South Africa.
The SAAMS will provide the public, schools, groups and service organisations with the opportunity to assist with projects where many hands are needed to undertake a specific Museum project.
Membership to SAAMS will be a critical marketing tool. Yearly memberships will gain access to the Museum as well as reciprocal privileges to other similar organisations. Members will also receive newsletters. Memberships will also help sustain the day-to-day operational expenses of the Museum.
We encourage all donations and assistance in achieving our wish list. In exchange, Contributors will:
* Receive as much print/television media coverage as possible.
* Be immortalised on the donor wall.
* Be able to display branding in suitable locations at the Museum.
* Be included on the “Sponsors” section of the Museum’s website.