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Plans to privatize Air Botswana still underway

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GOOD TIMES AHEAD: Mokaila (c) unveiling the new fleet

Plans to privatize the national airline, Air Botswana are still much alive, Transport and Communications Minister, Kitso Mokaila, has revealed.

When delivering a keynote address today at the unveiling of the newly bought aircraft fleet, Mokaila said the objective is to raise the value of the aircraft before selling it off to a private operator.

It is not the first time the national airline will be put on the market for sale.

A series of deals fell through at the eleventh hour, the latest coming in 2018 when the airline was nearly sold to Wilderness Safaris.

The deal was aborted following a public uproar as it was believed the then President, Ian Khama was selling the airline to himself after he gave a directive for Air Botswana to be sold to Wilderness.

Khama is heavily linked with Wilderness through some of the camps that he owns in the delta operated by Wilderness Safaris.

When the airline was to be sold last year, it was valued at P300 million according to Mokaila.

The re-fleeting of Air Botswana, Mokaila disclosed, is the right step as it looks to go trans-atlantic.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely crazy that those at the top mess everything
    Most airlines like other companies are messed by the State and then they are just put out to tender instead of investigating what went wrong and to find out if there were any abuse of funds and those found of any wrong doing brought to book

  2. this is another example where an airline is owing Foreign Airlines MILLIONS
    “Zimbabwe owes foreign airlines US$136m; carriers say payment taking too long
    20th November 2018 Zimbabwe

    By Alois Vinga

    ZIMBABWE is taking too long to offset the $136 million debt owed to international airlines in a development that could undermine revival of the country’s tourism sector.

    The debt came up on the sidelines of a Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe (TBCZ) media briefing which was held in the capital recently.

    South African Airways regional manager Winnie Muchanyuka said Harare was taking too long to settle the debt.

    “There has been slow progress in settling the debt and, as a result, most airlines are unable to repatriate the money we have collected for ticket sales locally to head offices,” she said.

    “This is being caused by the shortage of foreign currency which has affected the airline sector just like any other economic sector.”

    Failure to pay the debt has been blamed on the shortage of foreign currency which Zimbabwe has struggled with for years.”

    South African Airways should chase these payments through debt collection and not only for an official in Government to say that it will shutdown