The National Aerospace Centre (NAC) is a national aerospace-focussed programme supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), and managed and hosted by The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits).
Recognising the need for greater innovation and skills development in line with the needs of the South African aerospace industry, the NACoE was launched in 2006. The centre engages with government, industry, academia and research institutions, locally as well as internationally, in promoting sector competitiveness and developing human capital.
Additionally, the centre has a sound project management function, and enjoys partnerships with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), the Centurion Aerospace Village, and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), as well as the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, The Witwatersrand, Pretoria and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Internationally, the NAC has established a sound partnership with Airbus as well as participating in AeroAfrica-EU, and African and European Union aerospace initiative involving five countries.