Delayed Katima Mulilo airport rehabilitation project back on track

The government, in collaboration with the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), last week commissioned the Katima Mulilo Airport Runway Rehabilitation Project aimed at improving the landing and take-off of aircraft at the strategically located airport.

The project is valued at N$96 million and is fully funded by the government, of which N$39 million was released recently.

Officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Minister of Public Works and Transport, John Mutorwa explained the delay in the process of the works initially started in 2013.

“The tender for the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway and apron at Katima Mulilo Airport was approved on September 10, 2013. However, due to the poor state of maintenance of the airport over the years, it has become necessary to modify the initial perimeter of the works to repair the excessively deteriorated runway, apron and taxiway. The scope change was approved by the Namibia Tenders Board on February 13, 2014,” Mutorwa said.

NAC Chairman of the Board, Dr Leake Hangala, hailed the government’s latest commitment to airport infrastructure development.

“This work will enable the CNA to fulfill its mandate, which is to ensure the safety of aircraft movements at the aerodrome. We would therefore like from the outset to express our sincere thanks and thanks to the government and to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, in particular for the establishment of the funds which have made it possible to relaunch the rehabilitation works. While the project will be directly managed by the Ministry of Works and Transport, NAC is committed to working with all parties involved to ensure that the end product of the rehabilitation works will follow national and international aviation regulations and standards. civil,” he said. added.

Hangala added that there is a need to upgrade the terminal building along with pavements and associated infrastructure at Katima Mulilo Airport and Rundu Airport.

“This is very essential for the promotion of tourism and to ensure a competitive advantage given the strategic location of Katima Mulilo which is connected to five Southern African countries as part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) in the SADC region”.

Zambezi Regional Council Chairman Matengu Simushi delivering the remarks by Governor Lawrence Sampofu called on stakeholders involved in the project to ensure that it is completed on time and within budget.

The project is expected to last approximately five months with contractors Candino and Bicon Namibia Consulting as contractor and consultants respectively.

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