Ministry of Works and Transport says the process to appoint a board for the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority is still underway. The need for a board was necessitated after amendments were made to the country’s aviation Act. “The proposals for the new board are with Cabinet and an announcement will be made soon through the right channels,” said the ministry’s permanent secretary, Willem Goeieman. The Act was signed into law by President Hage Geingob in June this year.
The Act mandates the board to develop and control the affairs of the authority and it will be expected to formulate policies and strategies to enable the authority to exercise and perform its powers and functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner, ensure that the authority complies with and gives effect to the approved performance standards. The board will consist of the director, who is a member by virtue of his or her office, four members appointed by the minister – two of them holders of recognised qualifications relevant to the operation, management or regulation of civil aviation together with associated experience of not less than seven years in each case and the two should be holders of recognised legal or financial management qualifications with associated experience of not less than seven years in each case. The minister also has the power to appoint two of the members of the board as chairperson and deputy chairperson of the board, respectively. “The minister must, for each member of the board, appoint a person as alternate member.
In the absence of a member from any meeting of the board, the alternate member for such member attends the meeting in the place of such member,” states the Civil Aviation Act. A member of the board, including the chairperson, may be reappointed after the expiry of the term of his or her office, but a member may not be appointed for more than three consecutive terms of office. “A person is not qualified for appointment as member or alternate member of the board if such person is not a Namibian citizen or a permanent resident in Namibia, is not resident in Namibia, is a member of Parliament, regional or local authority council.” The law also blocks those who have been convicted of an offence, other than a political offence committed before the date of Independence of Namibia, in any country and sentenced to a term of imprisonment without the option of a fine, has been removed from an office of trust on account of being dishonest, declared as mentally ill under any law relating to mental health; or is an unrehabilitated insolvent from qualifying to serve on the board.