Last Updated
Friday 27 March 2015, 18:00 pm.
AB to rejoin IATA-Ramsden

The Air Botswana management team is working day and night to have the airline reinstated by the International Air Traffic Association (IATA) by September this year, Assistant Minister of Works and Transport Frank Ramsden told Parliament yesterday.
By Staff Writer Tue 31 Mar 2015, 02:13 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: AB to rejoin IATA-Ramsden








He was responding to a question by Member of Parliament (MP) for Mogoditshane Patrick Masimolole who wanted to know whether withdrawal of Air Botswana's membership from IATA was associated with its non-compliance with IATA safety requirements and standards.

The legislator also wanted to know if it is true that non-compliance by the airline was communicated to its former chief executive officer who has since joined IATA.
Ramsden said that IATA Operational Safety Audit programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess operational management and control systems of an airline.

He said that one of the requirements is for standardisation of operating procedures, improvement of safety, quality and security worldwide for its members and uniformity of all airlines programme. He said that IATA had set the deadline for December 31, 2008 for compliance and the AB withdrawal was done before that following advise by the organisation on options available for AB.

"The withdrawal by Air Botswana from IATA was due to failure to pass an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) which basically requires that the airline should be in line with certain operational and safety systems/programmes prescribed by IATA, such as ensuring that there is uniformity of all airline systems and that Operational Manuals are integrated with airline operational systems," he said.

The minister added that non-compliance does not necessarily mean that the airline is not safe to operate stating that the Department of Civil Aviation and other countries' Civil Aviation Authorities would not have allowed the airline to continue.

Siele confirmed that former CEO of Air Botswana has since been appointed IATA Regional Vice President of Africa based in Johannesburg and that he is implementing strict compliance with IATA requirements as he does with other airlines who are IATA members.
He acknowledged that AB's withdrawal from IATA has a potential threat to the business but since AB remains in other IATA structures, the airline continues to interline with other airlines. He said not all airlines are IATA members.

In his long question Masimolole had also wanted to know whether AB's suspension would threaten the airline and render it susceptible to renewed privatisation or takeover by South African Airlink.

Airlink tried to take over AB two years ago when government wanted to privatise the airline.  MPs opposed the move after learning that Airlink wanted among others to erase national colours from the airline after takeover. It emerged that Airlink did not have enough money and many Batswana were going to lose jobs.



Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Monday, 30 Mar 2015
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   9.9010
1 GBP = Pula   14.7059
1 EUR = Pula   10.7643
1 YEN = Pula   0.0831
1 ZAR = Pula   0.8210
1 Pula = USD   0.101
1 Pula = GBP   0.068
1 Pula = EUR   0.0929
1 Pula = YEN   12.04
1 Pula = ZAR   1.218
Stock Exchange
STOCK EXCHANGE: Monday, 30 Mar 2015
DOMESTIC STOCKS
BARCLAYS
400
BIHL
1225
CHOBE
457
CHOPPIES
397
CRESTA
94
ENGEN
934
FNBB
375
FSG
245
FURNMART
208
G4S
337
LETLOLE
228
LETSHEGO
240
NAP
217
OLYMPIA
20
PRIMETIME
271
RDCP
213
SECHABA
2870
SEFALANA
1100
STANCHART
1250
TURNSTAR
218
WIL
320
IMARA
210
  • Previous
    Top Five Poster
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Friday 27 Mar - Thursday 02 Apr :::
    Top Five
    Home
    Danny Collins
    Insurgent
    Focus
    Selma
  • Previous
    Home Poster
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Friday 27 Mar - Thursday 02 Apr :::
    Home
    Top Five
    Insurgent
    Focus
  • Previous
    Home Poster
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Friday 27 Mar - Thursday 02 Apr :::
    Home
    Top Five
    Insurgent
    Focus
    Kingsman: The Secret Service