“Safety a priority” – New NCAA boss

Sem was the Executive for Commercial Services at Namibia Airports Company. She is a holder of Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and the Executive Development Programme (EDP) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Namibia.

She has been in the aviation industry for over 18 years, particularly in the service provision of airport development and management. Of these years I have been at executive management level for over 12 years. Thus, I bring with me executive management skills, but I must hasten to add that I do not claim to know it all in aviation sector. 

“As part of my leadership strategy, I have a strong notion on collective decision making. I am confident that with the support and commitment of the management and staff of the NCAA will bring to the table the technical and managerial skills to ensure that we fulfill our mandate in regulating and overseeing the safety and security of the Namibian Airspace., She said

“Similarly, we are geared towards the provision of a safe and reliable air navigation services to our esteemed clients. I pledge my full support and cooperation to the Board of Directors on the execution of the strategic interventions of the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority.

She warned that t aviation is a “costly and risky business.”

Surely, the industry calls for no mistakes for that may mean the difference between life and death. Safety is not negotiable in this business. What is negotiable is alternative means to operate safely and that is it. Those whom we issue licenses to fly and maintain aircraft operations must be appropriately qualified including those who train our pilots and cabin crews.

She added that it is important to ensure that the aviation system is secured.

“Namibia does not operate on an island; therefore, due consideration is to oversee the implementation and compliance of the Namibia Civil Aviation Act, Chicago Convention and other international civil aviation agreements applicable to Namibia.”