Board reshuffle looms at Air Namibia

June 22, 2015, 12:04pm

Board reshuffle looms at Air Namibia

A board of directors reshuffle is looming at Air Namibia following the contractual lapse of the Haroldt Schmidt led board The Villager can reveal.
The current board of directors’ term ends this June.
Although Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus Naruseb could not spell out his position to The Villager through his public relations office, he emphasised that the honours rest with him to renew or appoint new members for the board.
The Ministry is set to renew the board’s term this July.
“The Air Namibia is governed under the Companies Act of 2004. The Minister is yet to apply his mind in this regard. In terms of the SOE Act of 2006 in conjunction with Chapter 8 of Companies Act of 2004 the Minister is empowered to appoint the Board of Directors upon the expiry of their appointment period,” !Naruseb said.
!Naruseb said the act gives discretion to the Minister to appoint and or to re-appoint any member to the Board of Air Namibia.
“In the case of the Air Namibia’s current Board Members, if their term of office expires the Minister will exercise the power invested in him by the aforementioned Acts,” he said.  
The current board members are comprised of Schmidt (Chairperson), Tim Ekandjo (Board spokesperson), Alois Jonach, Evelyn Zimba-Naris and Erastus Hoveka were appointed by former Minister of Works and Transport, Errki Nghimtina in 2012.
The term of office of the five members stretched over a period of three years from April 1, 2012 and was supposed to expire this month.
At the time, Schmidt was chosen on the basis of his experience and skills in aviation economics and was considered as the operations specialist on the board.
Ekandjo was chosen to serve as the business leadership strategist due to his human resource background. Jonach, a pilot by profession was to be the marketing specialist especially due to his extensive knowledge on aviation
Zimba-Naris was expected to serve the role of a contract negotiations specialist with her legal background.
Hoveka is the strategic management specialist for his background in the financial and administration field.
It emerged in other media that the current Air Namibia board might not have its term renewed this July after conflicting issues over the suspended Air Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Theo Namases.
The line ministry requested the Air Namibia board to reinstate suspended chief executive officer Theo Namases, indefinitely, a move the board has rejected. The board felt that Namases should first answer the charges levelled against her.
Meanwhile, in terms of the few strategies the board started during its term, in 2014 the board introduced a turnaround strategy.
This strategy was meant to guarantee the effective and efficient functioning of Air Namibia Quality Assurance System, of an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) as required by the aviation act of 1962 act number 74.
The government approved turn-around strategy is more customer and employee focused, while other key aspects in the turn-around strategy consist of improving operational integrity, building a strong network and having a reliable fleet.
In addition, earlier the key achievement stated by the airline is that they broke several revenue generating records in 2014 reporting an overall revenue of about N$2 billion in that period.
The airline has also experienced good growth on the Ondangwa route, with their strategic outlook showing further growth, thus taking the decision to raise the number of flights to three per day effective towards the end of this past March.
Moreover, Air Namibia publicised in January that there will be direct flights from Walvis Bay to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue