DCA grounds FlyAfrica, Samaria in court for domestic violence, presumptive tax

November 9, 2015, 11:51am

DCA grounds FlyAfrica planes over safety concerns

Article and Photo by New Era

Namibia’s Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) has suspended the operations of FlyAfrica, citing the safety of the airline’s aeroplanes. The DCA says it has discovered that FlyAfrica uses planes that are not authorised under the civil aviation authority’s approved wet lease, which regulates such passenger services.

Further, the DCA says it has taken note of various recently reported incidents concerning the operations of Nomad Aviation, which operates as FlyAfrica, and complaints about the service of the airline, “with greater concern being reports about a recent incident where passengers expressed anxiousness about their safety”.

The DCA is conducting preliminary investigations into the safety of the airline, to determine whether Nomad Aviation is in compliance with the requirements of conducting flights as a certified air operator under the current wet lease arrangement.

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Samaria in court for bashing wife

By Nomhle Kangootui, the Namibian. Photo: The Namibian

African Stars coach Bobby Samaria who was arrested for domestic violence in Windhoek earlier last week appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate Court on Thursday and was released on bail.

Samaria was granted N$2 000 bail on condition that he does not interfere with investigations and must not have direct contact with his wife Clementine Samaria, who is the complainant in the matter. His case was postponed to 21 January 2016. She however refused to comment on the issue.

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Presumptive tax ‘punitive’

Article and photo by the Namibian Sun

Small-scale traders have expressed fear of government pushing forward with suggestions that presumptive tax might be introduced in the coming years. Small businesses said they are already struggling to make ends meet and any contribution towards state coffers will push them deeper into poverty.

During his Mid-Year Budget Review last week, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein announced that the government is investigating the modalities of introducing a presumptive tax on the informal sector and small units. He said that this would broaden the tax base and achieve greater fairness of the tax system, adding that the informal sector accounts for about 30% of the size of the economy.

Presumptive taxation is a form of assessing tax liability using indirect methods such as income reconstruction or by applying base-line taxation across the entire tax base. Presumptive tax is charged on business operators who do not keep proper books of accounts. The tax mainly targets small scale traders such as transports and restaurant operators amongst others, who all fall under the informal sector.

Owners and drivers of taxis that spoke to Namibian Sun were in agreement that government was on a very slippery slope in taxing the informal sector that has created self-employment instead of waiting for government handouts.

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Fishermen to compile claims

By Theresia Tjihenuna, the Namibian. Photo: The Namibian

Attorney General Sacky Shanghala has requested the Metal, Mining, Maritime and Construction (MMMC) Union to provide documented proof that there were fishermen dying at sea as a result of having no medical treatment.

The leader of the MMMC, Immanuel Petrus, yesterday said Shanghala had requested a report during a closed door meeting attended by the fisheries minister Bernhard Esau and the labour ministry permanent secretary, Bro-Mathew Shinguadja, on Friday.

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