Working and Transporting @ 22
The Ministry of Works and Transport has, for 22 years, been a custodian to billions of dollars worth of Government property. It supervises the functioning of the State-owned Enterprises (SoEs). Air Namibia, Namibia Ports Authority, TransNamib Holdings Ltd, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), Namibia Airports Company, Roads Authority and Roads Contractor Company.
Refurbishment of airports
The upgrading of various components of the airports is in full swing and this includes The Walvis Bay Airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros and at Lüderitz airports. Equipments are being installed at the Area Control Centre of the Directorate Civil Aviation at Eros Airport. This provides a link to new communication equipment at 10 remote radio stations spread across the country.
This involves the provision of meteorological equipment and an aeronautical information system at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz airports.
The ministry established a New Area Control Centre for the Windhoek Flight Information Reading (FIR). The first phase of the New Radar and Surveillance, which was launched in December last year is valued at N$255m. The project included the purchase of co-mounted primary and secondary radar, which was installed at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
As an upgrade in technology, the latest version of Euro-cat X processing and display system was installed at the Eros Area Control Centre (ACC), Hosea Kutako International Airport and Walvis Bay Airport as well at the Eros Control Tower. The Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) equipment manufactured in the Czech Republic was deployed at 36 sites throughout the country. This makes Namibia the first country in the world to implement a sole Wide Area Multilateration surveillance for nationwide coverage for such a geographically large country.
Focus on the roads and expansion of the road networks
Despite these challenges posed by heavy floods resulting to the damage of roads, during the financial year 2010/11, the ministry implemented a total number of 26 road projects of which road constructions and upgrading accounted for 25 projects. The ministry has succeeded in achieving the construction and upgrading of rural gravel roads to bitumen standards and a total of 382km have now been completed.
A total of 405km of rural gravel roads were constructe...
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