It will be the end of the road

11 October 2018 | Columns

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has announced that for some years now, they have raised their security concerns with local authorities, but to date nothing has been done.

If Namibia fails this security audit, every single airport in the country fails because the airspace of Namibia fails.

By implication, international airlines currently landing at Hosea Kutako, bringing tourists with foreign currency, will no longer fly to Windhoek or anywhere else for that matter. Air Namibia will no longer be able to fly to international destinations, save maybe for Angola and countries like Mozambique, who too have no ICAO rating.

The consequences of this will be catastrophic for the country.

It is said that at Tuesday's high-level emergency meeting, neither Air Namibia nor the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) were present.

We simply cannot afford this type of lackadaisical attitude towards our tourism industry, which in these tough times is the only industry that is still performing. Thousands of jobs will be lost. Our smaller lodges, and possibly some bigger ones, will collapse. Our conservancies, who rely on international trophy hunters, will collapse. In fact, our entire hunting industry will collapse.

Do we really understand the repercussions of failing this security audit?

Yes, we can withdraw as a signatory and member country, but this will help us nothing. Zip. Nada.

Jobs, related, direct and induced, stand at roughly 102 000 in the tourism industry. If we work on an average of eight to ten dependents per wage earner, we are looking at a lot of people.

Tourism is one of those golden geese. Other countries, those richer than us, want to come and see our open spaces and animals. They bring forex - lots of it. They buy souvenirs, they eat and they travel. They tell others.

They fly here.

In 2018, tourism contributed 3% of total GDP directly, and the total contribution towards GDP is 14%. This is according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Can we honestly afford to lose that?

Similar News

 

When legends die paupers

14 hours ago | Columns

The death on Sunday of Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga and the outpouring of grief around his passing, especially in Namibia, has once again brought...

Get ready for the silly season

1 day - 15 January 2019 | Columns

The year 2019 is a significant one for our country and it certainly looks like the silly season, normally associated with elections, is soon to...

Our uninspiring education system

2 days ago - 14 January 2019 | Columns

Our education system is no longer inspiring much-needed hope, judging by the recently released grade 12 ordinary level examination results. Although the education ministry last...

The new curriculum conundrum

5 days ago - 11 January 2019 | Columns

A number of stakeholders including parents and unionists have unleashed their criticism of the new national education curriculum, which they fear will do more harm...

Enough empty talk

6 days ago - 10 January 2019 | Columns

For far too long Namibia has grappled with the problem of the sheer absence of accountability and responsibility in both the public and private sectors....

The winds of change

1 week ago - 09 January 2019 | Columns

There seems to be a change in the air - at least politically - sparking the hope that 2019 will be the year that we...

This, we can ill afford

1 week ago - 08 January 2019 | Columns

We are dismayed at the news that no less than 56 orchards, filled to the brim with fruit trees planted as far back as 2003,...

Let's make it a nice home

1 week ago - 07 January 2019 | Columns

The general disdain shown for the Nama people's response to the naming of the festive season crime operation as Hornkranz is indicative of a bigger...

Things will stay the same

1 week ago - 04 January 2019 | Columns

The long-awaited new curriculum for the NSSCO students in Namibia will be implemented this year. The grade 10s of 2019 will be the first to...

Life is cheap over here

1 week ago - 03 January 2019 | Columns

We live in a country where life is fickle. People are killed for no reason at all – as though there were ever enough reason...

Latest News

Higher food, fuel prices expected

14 hours ago | Economics

Consumers should brace themselves for even more expensive food and fuel this year. Although motorists received a slight reprieve in fuel prices in December,...

'Technical glitches' force plane to...

14 hours ago | Transport

An Air Namibia Embraer ERJ 135 en route to Ondangwa from Windhoek had to turn around on Sunday evening and land at Eros Airport, from...

When legends die paupers

14 hours ago | Columns

The death on Sunday of Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga and the outpouring of grief around his passing, especially in Namibia, has once again brought...

SA regulator weighs Eskom price...

14 hours ago | Economics

NAMPA/ANAAs the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Monday began public hearings on Eskom's tariff increase application, pressure group SAFCEI suggested that the...

Cross-border buses to Zim suspend...

14 hours ago | Economics

Nampa/ANAThe International Cross-Border Traders Association (ICTA) on Monday said it had withdrawn all buses travelling to different parts of Zimbabwe from neighbouring countries as protests...

Nambundunga inspired us - Shalli

14 hours ago | People

Former Namibian Defence Force (NDF) chief Martin Shalli says his successor, the late Peter Nambundunga, played a significant role during the liberation struggle as a...

SADC urged to speak with...

14 hours ago | International

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been urged to speak with one voice on the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).This...

China and Canada in 'hostage...

14 hours ago | Economics

NAMPA/AFP A Chinese court's decision to impose the death penalty on a...

Ghana's biggest oilfield yet discovered...

14 hours ago | Economics

NAMPA/ANANorwegian oil exploration company Aker Energy has announced the discovery of what appears to be the biggest oil find in the Ghana's history to date...

Load More