It is the aim of SADC Ministers, in agreement with the SADC Civil Aviation Committee, that the SASO begins operations in the Region on a small scale as a subsidiary organisation established under a Charter. The SASO’s initial cadre of managerial, technical and administrative staff therefore is minimal. From that starting point, it is intended that the SASO will grow in size and scope as determined by the priorities of the Region, funding and the needs of Member States Civil Aviation Authorities.
Both the States of Botswana and Swaziland expressed formal interest in hosting SASO. After consultations between the two Governments on hosting SASO concluded in February 2014, the Government of Botswana withdrew its statement of interest to host SASO. Swaziland therefore, became the Host State of SASO Secretariat.