The Namibian - Nampa, 21. Sep. 2017

Ohangwena takes on road safety promotion

THE chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Erickson Ndawanifa, on Tuesday urged Namibians to do everything possible to curb the number of deaths from road accidents.
The Ohangwena regional road safety forum, under the stewardship of acting chief regional officer (CRO) Fillipus Shilongo, convened the conference to sensitise road users and all stakeholders. The platform was also used to obtain inputs for consideration and inclusion during the national road safety conference scheduled to take place in Windhoek next month, planned by the National Road Safety Council.
New Era - Nuusita Ashipala, 29. Jun. 2017

Massive road project in pipeline

Ongwediva-The Ministry of Works and Transport plans to construct earth roads measuring 900 kilometres over the next 20 years as part of its Master Plan for Sustainable Transport for the four northern regions.
The Namibian - Nampa, 7. Jun. 2017

Govt receives northern transport master plan

GOVERNMENT received the transport master plan for the four northern regions of Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto on Monday. Urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa told The Namibian yesterday that the plan will guide the roads network in the northern regions. “The plan basically shows us if people are building fixed assets too close to the road, and how to locate the margins,” she said. Close to N$12,8 billion has been committed towards the master plan. The minister said the plan was completed after wide consultations with various stakeholders, including regional and local councils, as well as the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund. “The country is currently experiencing a high carnage on the roads, and this makes the MVA Fund an important stakeholder,” Shaningwa said yesterday. “The plan also shows us how to better take care of our roads,” she stated. Heinrich Semar of the German International Development Agency presented the plan to Shaningwa and minister of works and transport, Alpheus !Naruseb. !Naruseb said the envisaged development requires more energy and resources. “The plan will ensure that the transport system in the four regions is effective in meeting the needs of residents and businesses by responding to the priorities expressed by them,” he noted. The implementation of the plan will be carried out soon after Cabinet's endorsement. It also aims to address changes in the northern transport system over the next 20 years by developing key intervention areas such as urban, peri-urban and remote rural transport to and from the regions. “Continued consultation will be undertaken to make sure this sustainable transport master plan remains relevant to the people's needs, and continues to strengthen the communities,” said !Naruseb. Planning commenced in October 2014, and was followed by a one-year scoping study approved in December 2015 by a steering committee. Semar said the plan is important for government to enhance the country's transport sector. “The development of the master plan follows the success story of the implementation of the sustainable urban transport master plan in Windhoek.” Germany had agreed to further support the implementation of the plan, he added.
New Era - Nuusita Ashipala, 7. Jun. 2017

Multi-billion road project unveiled

The Ministry of Works and Transport has launched its N$12.8 billion northern road master plan that will create more than 3,000 tarred and gravel roads and about a 1,000 earth roads, which it will implement the project over the next 20 years. The plan looks at the importance of planning for the future in the four regions.
New Era - Nuusita Ashipala, 7. Jun. 2017

Lack of funds hampers transport masterplan

) The City of Windhoek is struggling to implement its master plan for Sustainable Urban Public Transport (SUPT). Head of bus administration Johanna Shikukutu said the majority of the tasks foreseen in the first phase of the master plan have not commenced as a result of budget cuts.
The Namibian - Garwin Beukes, 22. Sep. 2016

Taxi drivers are like kudus on the road – Sankwasa

WORKS deputy minister James Sankwasa yesterday told demonstrating taxi drivers that they have become like kudus who jump into the road from nowhere.
New Era, 29. Aug. 2016

City needs N$4.8 billion for Transport Master Plan

The City of Windhoek (CoW) needs N$4.8 billion to fully implement its Sustainable Urban Public Transport Master Plan until 2030, which aims to improve public transport and involves the upgrading of mayor arterial roads into high density areas such as the central business district (CBD). It is envisaged that once this plan is implemented it will result in less congested roads in the capital as well as more parking spaces in the CBD. Heavy traffic congestion and a severe lack of parking spaces in Windhoek have been attributed rapid urbanisation, the constant influx of people, an increase in vehicle ownership, as this is seen as a status symbol, as well as the lack of reliable public transport.
The Namibian, 28. Jun. 2016

We need to change our attitude on the road - Sankwasa

DEPUTY minister of works and transport Sankwasa James Sankwasa says unless there is a change in attitude, motorists will continue to wreak havoc on Namibian roads. Sankwasa said this when he visited the Okahandja-Windhoek roadblock as part of a road safety awareness campaign by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation's Damara/Nama radio presenter Jacky !Gaoseb, and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), on Friday.
The Namibian, 22. Jun. 2016

307 killed on roads since January

A TOTAL of 307 people perished in road accidents countrywide between 1 January 2016 and 12 June 2016. The Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund made the announcement during a recent stakeholders' dinner they organised. Statistics further indicate that a total of 3 044 people were injured in 1 772 car crashes on national roads across the country during the period under review.
The Namibian - Chamwe Kaira, 21. Jun. 2016

Single curriculum coming for driving schools

THE Ministry of Works and Transport plans to regulate driving schools in the country through measures that will include introducing a single curriculum and placing emphasis on driver behaviour, and not just the ability to drive a car.
Namibian Sun - Otis Finck, 19. Apr. 2016

Roads under pressure

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) road network has become very unsafe in recent years, and has become a burden that cannot be carried by member countries in isolation. This was the message last week at a regional gathering of the Association of Southern African National Road Agencies (ASANRA) in Swakopmund. “An efficient, effective and safe road network is crucial for development. Increased volumes through corridor traffic are starting to put pressure on the country’s road network, affecting the life expectancy of roads (and safety of road users) and contributing towards increased maintenance costs.
New Era - Angelo Mulunga, 14. Apr. 2016

Uber could solve transport woes

The popular mobile app Uber has been sweeping the world with its convenient use in providing public transport services that you order via your cellphone. The mobile application registers vehicle owners, usually with luxury vehicles, willing to offer transport services to the public at a fee lower than the normal taxi rate. In Windhoek, for instance, the Uber service would compete with the radio taxi market and passengers would only need to call the taxi on their cellphone and pay the fare with their credit or debit card, and the taxi then takes you to your destination of your choose.
Namibian Sun - Placido Hilukilwa, 1. Apr. 2016

Transport master plan to address road carnage

The implementation of a transport master plan should be directed at benefiting the majority of the rural communities, enabling them to use all modes of transport to move to towns to access services and buy the commodities they need. Such a master plan should also address the road carnage. This was the view of the mayor of Eenhana, Julia Shikongo, during the launch of Phase 2 of the Transport Master Plan for the northern regions on Wednesday.
Namibian Sun - Kenya Kambowe, 24. Mar. 2016

Rain damages Oshakati’s patched streets

Potholed streets in Oshakati that were patched up last month have again developed large potholes following recent rains. The potholes, particularly in Kwame Nkrumah Street, have turned driving into a nightmare and forced drivers to drive on the verge. Road users, especially taxi drivers, blame the municipality for neglecting the streets. The latest repairs did not last three months, they say.
The Namibian - Oswald Shivute, 14. Mar. 2016

Open market gives Oshakati a boost

Geingob said the new market, which is integrated into the long- and short-distance bus terminal, has the potential to economically empower people as it will not only cater for those from Oshakati and the surrounding areas but also for people from far. “The multifaceted dimension of our strategy to fight the war on poverty includes catering for those Namibians who form part of the informal economy. We provide them with a stepping stone to mature into small and medium enterprises and grow into fully fledged companies in the future,” Geingob said, adding that according to the Namibian labour force survey of 2014 carried out by the Namibia Statistics Agency, 41,4% of the employed Namibian population are in the informal sector.
Namibian Sun - Kenya Kambowe, 11. Mar. 2016

Car crashes are not accidents

Speakers at a memorial service for the 15 people who died when a truck and a minibus collided on the Oshivelo-Omuthiya road last month said it was wrong to refer to car crashes as accidents. It was said that road users are responsible for their actions and therefore the loss of lives on the roads was caused by drivers’ attitudes which can be changed. The mass memorial service was held yesterday at the site where the gruesome collision happened on February 12 and was attended by hundreds of people. Bereaved relatives, government officials, representative of various organisations and members of the public paid their respects to those who died in the crash. “We refuse to accept the notion that car crashes are accidents,” said the head of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku. Martins-Hausiku said accidents occurred when someone was unaware of what could happen next. She emphasised that road users were fully aware of what the consequences of their decisions might be.
Namibian Sun - Jana-Mari Smith, 10. Mar. 2016

Taxi union responds to new traffic regulations

The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) is set on a collision course with local authorities should new traffic rules be imposed without first addressing labour and infrastructure concerns voiced by the union. NTTU president Werner Januarie yesterday said the union was not set against new traffic regulations, including a proposed demerit points system, but the “authorities cannot jump two, three points ahead” without first resolving critical labour and infrastructure issues. “We are not really against the points system itself,” Januarie said, adding that “when we think of customers we think of their safety.”
Namibian Sun - Jani-Mari Smith, 9. Mar. 2016

End of the road for bad drivers

In an effort to improve road safety in Windhoek a points demerit system could be implemented soon, which could lead to a clash between taxi drivers and the police. In addition, as part of a City Police campaign to crack down on negligent drivers, all commercial and public transport drivers could soon face extensive competency tests before being re-issued with the necessary permits. City Police Chief Abraham Kanime told Namibian Sun yesterday that the Ministry of Works and Transport was reviewing traffic regulations and the municipality hoped to implement the new system before the middle of the year.
The Namibian - Chamwe Kaira, 1. Mar. 2016

Government to regulate driving schools

UNREGULATED driving schools have been cited as one of the contributing factors to the high rate of accidents on the country's roads. The transport ministry hinted yesterday that it plans to regulate driving schools as part of efforts to reduce the carnage on the roads. “We have to deal with unregulated driving schools. Anybody can put up a driving school under a tree. We need to change drivers' attitudes and mindsets,” transport deputy minister Sankwasa James Sankwasa said during the handover ceremony of the 2016 Namibian Transport Policy documents in Windhoek.
Allgemeine Zeitung - Clemens von Alten, 1. Mar. 2016

Transportwesen in neuem Licht

Politprogramm nach 20 Jahren erneuert: Weißbuch beim Minister
Die alten Statuten haben ausgedient, womit nun aus deutscher Hilfe dem Transportminister ein neuer politischer Wegweiser präsentiert wurde, der alle Bereiche einschließt: vom Fahrrad bis hin zum Linienflug. Das neue Weißbuch mit einer Laufzeit von 20 Jahren soll bis 2019 eingeführt werden. „Transport ist für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft entscheidend – unverzichtbar für das Leben der Menschen“, sagte gestern der Minister für Öffentliche Arbeiten und Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb, als ihm in Windhoek das aktuelle Weißbuch des namibischen Transportwesens (2016 Namibian Transport Policy) übergeben wurde. Dieses mit Unterstützung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) erstellte Rahmenwerk löst das alte Grundsatzpapier aus dem Jahr 1995 ab.
The Namibian, 29. Feb. 2016

Geingob promises 1 480km bitumen standard roads

EVERY Namibian deserves equal access to good roads, electricity, water, education, health and telecommunications. President Hage Geingob said this on Friday while officially inaugurating the main road (MR 129) between Omafo in the Ohangwena region and Outapi in the Omusati region. The road was upgraded to bitumen standard at a cost of N$576 million. The official opening took place in the Anamulenge constituency of Omusati region. He said access to public services is the right of every Namibian and it ties into his core principal of inclusivity and motto of “No Namibian must feel left out”.
The Namibian - Ndumba J Kamwanyah, 26. Feb. 2016

Carnage on our Roads

NOWADAYS, travelling by road is no longer the safest way to get home - and certainly not if you are doing it through the now notorious long-stretched B1, the nation's main and deadliest road. More serious car accidents seem to occur on the B1, especially the stretch between Windhoek and Otavi; and from Windhoek to Keetmashoop, southbound. I have lost a close and dear friend on the B1 between Okahandja and Windhoek. But, in one or another way, I think that there are few people in this country who have not lost a relative, a friend or someone they knew closely who has died on the B1.
New Era, 25. Feb. 2016

Omuthiya to get dual carriageway

The Omuthiya main road will soon be upgraded to a dual carriageway, extending through Ondangwa up to Ongwediva to ease traffic flow as well as reduce accidents. The construction of the 142km dual carriageway was scheduled to commence during this financial year, but it will not start due to incomplete detailed road design and the process is expected to be completed by July. At this point the cost of construction was not yet determined pending finalisation of the detailed design. The CEO of the Roads Authority (RA) Conrad Lutombi said the project was supposed to begin during this financial year but it would not as there are some delays in completing the detailed design of the road.
The Namibian, 13. Feb. 2016

President Geingob appeals for caring attitude on the roads

President Hage Geingob today expressed shock and dismay after a horrific motor vehicle accident on Friday afternoon in which 15 people died in the Oshikoto region. Geingob issued a statement saying it is very unfortunate when our roads become theatres of horrors, where our citizens' lives are placed at risk on a daily basis. He appealed to Namibians to adopt a considerate and caring attitude when making use of the roads., 5. Feb. 2016

Africa: Roads Are Biggest Killer of Adolescents

Road injuries killed more ten- to 19-year-olds than any disease did in 2013, shows a study based on a global health survey. The trend in road deaths for this age group is "stagnant or increasing" in most developing countries, the researchers say, warning that "with increasing motorization, these trends are likely to worsen unless decisive action is taken".
The Namibian - Buddy Bramwell - Letter, 22. Jan. 2016

Roads Carnage To Continue Unless...

The statistics that are cited in the media almost daily regarding the carnage on our roads are both frightening and an indicator of lack of control over the effective regulation of traffic on all the roads in this beautiful country.
The Namibian - Danny Meyer, 14. Jan. 2016

Planning for people

URBAN migration is set to grow at a runaway pace on the continent of Africa and elsewhere in the developing world, as more people relocate from rural to urban areas.
The Namibian - Denver Kisting, 8. Jan. 2016

Theresa (56) rocks the taxi world

Female taxi driver Theresa Munsu is breaking the societal perception that taxi driving is a job best suited for men and she is doing it with passion and zeal behind the commercial steering wheel.
The Namibian - Francois Lottering, 5. Jan. 2016

For the love of cycling - riding to work in style

Thousands of commuters make use of public transport, most notably taxis, to travel between their place of work and home. The lucky ones drive to work in their own cars, but many Windhoek residents have come to rely on the public transport network for this purpose.
The Villager - Andreas Kathindi, 7. Dec. 2015

Rural community needed in transport hearings

The Ministry of Works and Transport, in partnership with German development consultants company GOPA will seek to involve more villagers in phase two of their project. The project, ‘Transport 4 People’ aimed at developing an inclusive, cost-effective and sustainable transport system for the people in the four northern regions, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Ohangwena Regions, held several public hearings in a bid to hear directly from the community that is affected by the transport system in the area but stated was disappointed by the turn out.
The Namibian - Tuyeimo Haidula, 19. Nov. 2015

Windhoek transport master plan launched

THE City of Windhoek yesterday launched its sustainable urban transport master plan, which had been on the cards since 2012.
The master plan was designed to cover public transport in Windhoek, Rehoboth, Hosea Kutako Airport and Okahandja. The City's buses which transport mostly domestic and retail workers throughout the week, break down often, and cause frustration to the 15 000 Windhoek residents who take trips on the 40-year-old buses to work.
The Villager - Andreas Kathindi, 13. Oct. 2015

Community is a no-show at road talks - MWT

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) was disappointed by the turnout of community members in the Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Ohangwena Regions at public hearings regarding the road conditions there. The hearings, which were hosted by a MWT initiative named ‘Transport 4 People’, were held in September this year. ‘Transport 4 People’, a project to develop an inclusive, cost-effective and sustainable transport system for the people in the four northern regions, held a series of stakeholder meetings and public hearings to enable local people to become involved in the project. Amongst other topics, they discussed the difficulties of coping with the transport system in the area, and shared ideas of what changes they needed. Tuwilika Shaungu of Transport 4 People said although locals had often complained about the transport system in the northern regions, the turnout suggested little interest.
New Era - Matheus Hamutenya, 5. Oct. 2015

Road safety a shared responsibility – Nikanor

To ensure safer and accident-free roads in Namibia every individual should make their contribution, so that no fatalities are recorded on Namibian roads. Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency Councillor and Veterans Affairs Deputy Minister Hilma Nikanor has called for a collective approach to solving the road safety issue and to mitigate the unnecessary loss of human lives on Namibian roads.
The Namibian, 25. Aug. 2015

Aahingi yokohi yoomvula 25 yi indikwa okuhinga oombesa nootekisa

OMAHANGANO giiyenditho yokuthikitha aakwashigwana komahala nkoka ya hala otaga longo nuudhiginini gu uvithe ko epangelo lyaa tule miilonga ontotwaveta ndjoka tayi indike aanyasha yokohi yomimvo 25 ya pewe omikanda tadhi ya pitikile okuhinga iiyenditho yokututa aantu.
The Namibian - Theresia Tjihenuna, 24. Aug. 2015

Govt parks under 25 taxi, bus drivers

TRANSPORT unions are hoping to convince authorities not to implement the new law that bans people under the age of 25 from obtaining licences to drive commercial vehicles.
This comes after the works and transport ministry pushed the age for people qualified to drive commercial vehicles from 21 to 25 years in July this year. However, those who had already obtained drivers' licences before the new law was implemented will not be affected. The secretary general of the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union John Kwedhi said the union sees this as an obstacle to young people earning a livelihood and fears it might worsen unemployment and poverty. “Most young people are employed in the bus and taxi industry, how are they supposed to make a living? If they are only allowed to be issued with a commercial licence at the age of 25, when will they start building their lives?” asked Kwedhi.
The Namibian, 1. Jul. 2015

Fuel prices up today

THE Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that petrol and diesel pump prices will increase today.
“The ministry, however, always supports a fuel price that is kept at the lowest possible levels not to disrupt the transportation costs and thus the entire imported commodity price in Namibia. Through the National Energy Fund, it always subsidises in the event of huge under-recoveries, and this month it will once more bear the full cost of the resultant under-recoveries recorded,” said Kandjoze.
The Namibian - Tuyeimo Haidula, 25. Jun. 2015

96 000 foot to work in Windhoek

ABOUT 96 000 of the 322 500 people living in Windhoek walk to work.
This was revealed yesterday by Clarence Rupingena, manager for public transport at the Windhoek Municipality, who said some people travel from as far as Ombili to Prosperita. Rupingena said this figure does not include those visiting friends or going shopping, but only those walking to work and to school. He said their research was done during peak morning hours.
Informanté - Nghidipo Nangolo, 18. Jun. 2015

Transport master plan stuck in Windhoek

The transport master plan of the City of Windhoek (CoW) was supposed to be in motion by now to serve as a remedy to traffic congestion, make roads user-friendly to passengers, cyclists, bikers and motorists alike, and most importantly smoothen the economic activities of the capital and making the city’s roads eco-friendly.
Informanté - Augetto Graig, 28. May. 2015

Save Kids Lives on our roads

MAKE IT SAFE: Namibian children are at risk on streets and roads around the country. Every citizen must be part of the effort to keep them safe. Photo contributed
Namibian society has made a major commitment to saving the lives of children who die every year in road accidents around the country.
New Era, 27. Apr. 2015

Transport shortage has residents in a huff

Residents of the low-income informal settlements of Ombili, Havana and Greenwell Matongo are lamenting the scarcity of public transport. Residents of these high-density informal settlements on the fringes of the capital often commute to Klein Windhoek, Academia and Hochland Park where they work as domestics.
New Era, 7. Apr. 2015

City transport master plan on track

The City of Windhoek (CoW) twenty-year Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan (SUMTP) project aimed at bringing change to the transport system is said to be on track with a new fleet of buses expected to arrive during the second half of this year. Two years ago CoW in conjunction with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Ministry of Works and Transport embarked on the SUMTP pilot project.
The Namibian - Hileni Nembwaya, 17. Mar. 2015

Pohamba inaugurates multimillion dollar road

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has officially inaugurated a section of the Omafo-Onanjamba road project that connects Ohangwena and Omusati regions, at Onandjamba yesterday.
New Era, 4. Nov. 2014

Meeting weighs on transport master plan

The Oshana information session to map the way towards sustainable transport in the Oshana Region was poorly attended. The meeting which was held at the Oshana Regional Council on Monday only had 14 representatives from all line ministries, local authorities in the region, and constituency councillors among all other relevant stakeholders who were invited.
New Era, 31. Oct. 2014

Trucks continue transporting workers

Workers are still commuting to work in open trucks despite a warning from the transport minister some months ago about the dangers of trucks as a mode of transport. In March this year the Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina, said government was to introduce a law to prohibit the transport of construction workers in the back of trucks.
The Namibian, 28. Oct. 2014

44 accidents over the weekend

THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund said despite efforts to create safety on the roads, accidents are on the rise following 44 incidents involving 115 people over the weekend.
The Namibian, 23. Oct. 2014

Three die daily on Namibian roads

AT LEAST three people die on Namibia's roads every day, said the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) chief executive officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku.
Allgemeine Zeitung, 21. Oct. 2014

Drei Todesopfer pro Tag

Schockstatistik zu Verkehrsunfällen vorgelegt
Vom 1. Januar bis 8. Oktober 2014 sind in Namibia 2596 Verkehrsunfälle registriert worden. Dabei wurden 4618 Personen leicht bis schwer verletzt, weitere 533 Menschen kamen ums Leben. Diese Statistik gab der Fahrzeugunfallfonds (MVA) gestern bekannt. MVA-Geschäftsführerin Rosalia Martins-Hausiku kommentierte: „Dies bedeutet, dass durchschnittlich drei Personen täglich auf den namibischen Straßen sterben.
Allgemeine Zeitung, 17. Oct. 2014

Appell an Straßennutzer

Der Verband öffentlicher Verkehrsmittel-Betreiber (NPPTA) hat im Vorfeld der Ferienzeit zu erhöhter Wachsamkeit im Straßenverkehr aufgerufen. Der Appell richtet sich vor allem an Mitglieder der NPPTA, die nach eigenen Angaben allein während der Weihnachtszeit im vergangenen Jahr rund 40000 Pendler transportiert und etwa 2700 Fahrten absolviert hätten, darunter allein 99000 Einwohner aus Windhoek, die über eine Gesamtdistanz von knapp 2 Millionen Kilometer in verschiedene Ortschaften des Landes befördert worden seien.
The Namibian - Theresia Tjihenuna, 19. Sep. 2014

Accidents cost N$14m per month

THE Motor Vehicle Fund chief executive officer, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, says road accidents costs in the country have risen from N$8 million to N$14 million per month and at least 60 people die every month.
Allgemeine Zeitung, 16. Apr. 2014

Taxi-Debatte kehrt zurück ins Parlament

Nachdem der Parlamentarische Ausschuss für Verfassungs- und Justizfragen sich im November vergangenen Jahres mit dem Taxigewerbe und seinen Problemen auseinandergesetzt hat, kehrt das Thema jetzt ins Parlament zurück. In der Nationalversammlung wurde jetzt der Bericht dieser Parlamentarischen Anhörung vom Vorjahr ausgegeben und zur Diskussion sowie Abstimmung auf die Tagesordnung gesetzt.
Allgemeine Zeitung - Marc Springer, 4. Apr. 2014

Verkehrsunfälle bereiten Sorge

Transportminister betont Bedeutung der Straßeninstandhaltung
Transportminister Erkki Nghim-tina hat die wirtschaftliche Bedeutung des namibischen Straßennetzes hervorhoben und mit Hinweis auf die hohe Anzahl Verkehrsunfälle gleichzeitig die Notwendigkeit von deren regelmäßiger Instandhaltung unterstrichen.
The Namibian - Theresia Tjihenuna, 20. Mar. 2014

Govt refuses to yield to taxi demands

WORKS ministry permanent secretary Peter Mwatile says the striking taxi drivers can forget about a reduction in traffic fines. Some taxi drivers embarked on a strike on Tuesday, demanding that government should reduce traffic fines, and that the works ministry should recognise their union - the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU).
Namibian Sun, 17. Mar. 2014

Taxi drivers on strike countrywide from today

Taxi drivers in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Outapi, Oshana and Ohangwena will go on strike from today. This was announced yesterday by Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) chief organiser Joseph Kalimbo.
Informanté - William J. Mbangula, 9. Jan. 2014

Public transport problems to worsen

The usual frustration and congestions of travellers due to lack of public transport from the north to the south is expected to be compounded by the learners who will start their first school term next week.
Those who have not planned in advance may still be stranded next week, as there are no tangible alternative plans to alleviate the situation. Besides, many bus owners are capitalising on the dramatic and unfortunate situation by overcharging commuters. Some of the unscrupulous bus owners are charging as high as N$300 per person for transport to Windhoek, instead of N$190 authorised by the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta).