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NAC board faces the axe

Mon, 27 June 2016 16:21
by Rodney Pienaar

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) will not renew the terms of the current Board of Directors at the Namibian Airports Company (NAC) steered by Ndeuhala Katonyala when their terms of service expires in July, The Villager can reveal.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Willem Goieman, confirmed this week that the NAC Board will not be retained, adding that the Minister Alpheus !Naruseb is already hard at work looking for prospective replacements.
The current Board is steered by Katonyala as the Chairperson, and comprises Marthinus Boshoff, Frieda Aluteni, Panduleni Shimutwikeni and Agostinho Victor.
 “The new Board chairperson will be appointed. The current one won’t retain the position. The members that served one term are eligible to serve for a second term but it depends on the Minister to extend the term of those members that have served two terms. Yes the Ministry is hunting for a new person to fill the position,” Goeieman said.
He added that most of the decisions are to be made when the term of the now serving members of the Board ends.
While credited for making frantic efforts to improve the airport infrastructure of the country, the Katonyala Board has in the past faced severe criticism over how it handled the rehabilitation of the Mpacha Airport in Katima Mulilo, Hosea Kutako Airport on the outskirts of Windhoek and also the Ondangwa Airport.
Corroborating Goieman, Minister of State Enterprises (MPE), Leon Jooste, who is charged with the overseeing  all parastatals together with the line ministers, said the appointments of those to come in at NAC will be guided by the principles laid down on best corporate Governance polices. He added that the Ministry will also look specifically at filling the vacant post through considering names of those that already applied to be included in the ministerial database that will be used to choose relevant and suitable qualified personnel to head SoEs.
Jooste also reiterated that his Ministry has a cardinal role to play in the process to identify potential chairperson and Board members and is already looking at possible candidates that will take up the position of Chair and board members.
 “The MPE is responsible to determine the size, composition and skills required for all boards after which a cabinet approved process is followed in cooperation and consultation with line Ministries to identify the most appropriate Board members. We use our current database of potential Board members, may advertise for specific Boards and target certain organizations to recommend persons,” Jooste said.
He added that it should be clear that various potential candidates exist for the Board and the chair.
”We want new boards to be appointed before the terms of serving Boards expire of course, and if we require additional time we may propose that the term of a Board be extended to allow for due process to be followed.”
The (NAC) is a state-owned enterprise established in line with the Namibian Airports Company Act, Act 25 of 1998, which functions autonomously under a Board of Directors, appointed by the Minister of Works and Transport (MWT) in his capacity as the portfolio Minister.
The NAC employs over 300 employees.
The Villager earlier reported that third strategic priority area of the NAC is to increase and improve revenue growth by 10% per annum.
By 2017 the company’s strategic premium is also expected to be as follows: its capital expenditure expected to increase by N$1.3 billion, the company further aims to rehabilitate the airside and the company’s other objective is  to have  six airports and upgrade  a number of few terminals.
Reports also shows that the company has recently completed its Walvis Bay International Airport additions, as well as improving the new state of the art terminal building.
Furthermore, NAC is also constructing a polymer perimeter fence, valued at N$48 million, the first of its kind in Namibia, due to the weather conditions at the coast.
In addition, NAC has installed advanced x-ray scanners and metal detectors to achieve one of the company’s objective which is to provide safe and secure airports for clients.