Airnam’s Licence Renewed

The licence, which expired about two weeks ago was renewed late on Monday after an extension period given by the Directorate of Civil Aviation.

The department of civil aviation had asked the airline to work on certain areas before considering renewing the licence. One of the areas was that Air Namibia should appoint suitable people for top jobs. This was done last week.

In a statement issued yesterday, Air Namibia Board spokesperson Tim Ekandjo said the company has fulfilled all the requirements of the department of civil aviation.

“We have managed to put a world class operational team together, whose primary responsibility will be to build, operate and transfer a model which is aimed at empowering Namibians and transfer valuable knowledge to our local team for posterity reasons,” Ekandjo said.

Ekandjo also said the airline has demonstrated to the civil aviation department that it “is willing to go beyond the normal requirements in the interest of safety”.

Previous media reports said that the civil aviation department has been battling with Air Namibia since 2011, when it was discovered that the airline had not complied in 64 areas pertaining mainly to user manuals that were not submitted.

The suspension of the managing director, Theo Namases, and general manager for airport services, Nokokure Katjiuongua, is said to have resulted from the airline’s inability to meet the regulations.

Civil aviation department director Angelina Simana-Paulo confirmed the renewal of the licence, saying people should be happy and proud that they have a regulator that cares for their safety.

“Have we cheapened our lives to the extent that we no longer care for safety? Should we let Air Namibia operate just because of its name? Isn’t it meaningful that you have a regulator that takes the safety of the people into consideration?” asked Simana-Paulo.

The Namibian yesterday reported that the National Union of Namibian Workers’ acting president has given President Hifikepunye Pohamba three days to fire the Minister of Works and Transport, Errki Nghimtina, his permanent secretary, Peter Mwatile, and the Air Namibia board of directors for incompetence.

Simana-Paulo said it is a pity that the union did not choose to consult them. She also said Pandeni’s ignorance drives home the need for education in this country.

Calls to Mwatile and Nghimtina to get comment were not succesful.

Source : The Namibian