Govt owes Air Namibia N$4m in unpaid flight tickets

03 March 2021 | Transport

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

Government offices, agencies and ministries owe the bankrupt Air Namibia N$4.14 million in unpaid tickets.

Of this, N$2.14 million is unlikely to be recovered from the ministry of international relations, with the airline’s liquidation process currently underway.

Air Namibia’s debtors include the ministry of health, which is the biggest government debtor with an outstanding account of N$678 750.

Other notable debtors include the works ministry (N$236 688), the education ministry (N$178 000), the ministry of land reform (N$174 882) and the Office of the Prime Minister (N$124 000).

Other significant debtors are the ministry of trade (N$92 683), the ministry of urban and rural development (N$78 374), the Office of the President (N$67 408), Parliament (N$48 663), the ministry of information (N$44 142) and the ministry of mines and energy (N$40 335).

Various other public entities also owe Air Namibia money: The University of Namibia (N$139 614), Roads Authority (N$66 130), the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (N$52 603), NamWater (N$48 663), the Namibia Airports Company (N$33 714), NBC (N$27 825), New Era (N$15 713), Seaflower (N$14 421), the Namibia Qualification Authority (N$11 894), Telecom (N$11 127), TransNamib (N$7 988), Social Security Commission (N$7 113), Namdeb (N$4 811) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (N$3 451).

The Namibia Football Association also counts as a big debtor, with an outstanding bill of N$420 885.

Some of the private companies on the debtors list include Puma Energy (N$760 000), ST Freight Services (N$218 088), Oshoto Lounge (N$167 816), Welwitschia Travel (N$76 602), PricewaterhouseCoopers (N$43 232), Pescanova (N$18 814) and Shaetonhodi Optometrists (N$18 336).

Liabilities

The airline’s debtors owe it a total of N$44.8 million.

The Namibia Airports Company recently filed for the national carrier’s liquidation on the grounds of a debt of N$700 million.

It joined Belgian company Challenge Air, which filed a claim of N$180 million against Air Namibia.

Public enterprise minister Leon Jooste and finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi declared the airline insolvent, necessitating the decision to file for its liquidation.

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