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Erkki Nghimtina went into exile with SWAPO in 1974 to Oshatotwa, Zambia. From Zambia, he left to the Soviet Union, where he trained as a military radio specialist until 1976. Returning to Zambia, Nghimtina became instructor and later supervisor for the eastern front of the Namibian War of Independence until 1979.

From 1979-1982, the Eembidi native Served as Director of Communications at Shilumbaba in Zambia while simultaneously earning a diploma from the University of Rostock in the German Democratic Republic. From 1983-1989, he acted as Director of Communications for the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) .

Nghimtina returned to Namibia for the first time in 15 Years in 1989. He entered the Namibia Defence Force in the rank of Colonel and performed in that post until his retirement from active duty in 1995. While in the Namibian military, Nghimtina worked extensively with the Southern African Development Community and African Union on regional and continental security measures.

Honourable Erkki Nghimtina, current Minister of Works and Transport and a determined ruling SWAPO Party stalwart, is also one of the longest serving ministers. For 17 years his long walk in the corridors of power has brought major change to nearly all his post designations as a politician.

It was during his service as Colonel in the Namibian Defence force that he was first called on by the former Head of State, Dr. Sam Nujoma in a different capacity to serve the people of the Republic of Namibia as Deputy Minister of Defence and later as the Minister of Defence.
He was also key in the setting up of the August 26 Holding company, which has become a very successful company today. The company, through its Windhoeker Machinenfabrik (WMF) subsidiary, also produces armoured vehicles for the NDF and the export market, as well as Satcom which produces Military Radios.

During his tenure at the helm of the Ministry of Defence, he successfully dealt with many regional and continental defence challenges. Nghimtina then served as the Minister of Mines and Energy and enthusiastically worked on the restructuring and reform of the Mining Industry and the Energy Sector.

Using this valuable experience and knowledge, he then spearheaded and tirelessly campaigned for the reform and restructuring of the Namibian diamond industry. The establishment of local diamond polishing companies that polished and cut Namibian diamonds for the export market was a direct result of this but in-directly also increasing the value of our local diamonds through such efforts. It furthermore created much needed employment and ultimately infrastructure development and growth.

Uranium demand was at its highest then and three major licenses were issued for Uranium mining: Langer Heinrich, Trekkopje and Valencia Uranium.

In 2010 Honourable Erkki Nghimtina was appointed as the Minister of Works and Transport to also lead this Industry into the 20th century.


The Ministry of Works and Transport has been instrumental in providing the necessary leadership and oversight over the
implementation of road safety programmes through the National Road Safety Council.

This came in the form of support for the development, consideration and approval of the following:

• Approval of the Namibian Chapter of the Decade of Action for road safety 2011-2020
• Approval of the Consolidated Action Plan
• Securing Cabinet endorsement of Namibian Chapter of the Decade of Action for road safety 2011-2020 Strategy and Action Plan
• Budgetary allocation for road safety from the Ministry of Works and Transport’s budget.
• Securing funding for the Road Watch project from GIZ.
• Securing funding for Road Safety Reforms.

Hon. Erkki Nghimtina,
Minister of Works and Transport At The 1St Annual Road Safety Conference

In terms of ensuring that the directives of Cabinet are properly followed and implemented, the Honourable Minister of works and Transport noted the following at the 1st Annual Road Safety Conference:

• He highlighted the importance of solicitation of both private and public sector involvement.
• He expressed his satisfaction on the pace at which road safety initiatives in the context of the Decade of Action are starting to take shape.
• He further stressed that the integrated and holistic approach we have adopted towards traffic safety management in Namibia, naturally calls for traffic safety practitioners to keep up with the modern trends of effective management.
• He implied that all road safety practitioners need to be fully informed and skilled as to how various activities and disciplines such as education, communication, community – based traffic safety, traffic law enforcement, traffic engineering, land use planning and so forth, may be systematically integrated for maximum impact.
• He further stressed that Cabinet expects all the role players to take their respective responsibilities towards ensuring safety on our roads.
• He highlighted the need for coordination with road safety functional areas or pillars as a means to ensure continuity, synergy and cooperation and instructed that this platform become an annual event.
• He stressed that the implementation of the National Strategy is a process that is ongoing with the oversight of the National Road Safety Council and the cooperation of key road safety stakeholders.
• He mentioned that Namibia has contributed much through Ministerial support to regional transport strategies, road safety strategies and programmes and has cascaded such expert advice from the region into our local strategy. This ensures that local road safety programmes does not in any way lack behind in terms of good practices elsewhere in the region, continent of Africa and beyond.

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Works and Transport and Honourable Erkki Nghimtina, the implementation of the Strategy is a process that is ongoing with the oversight of the National Road Safety Council and the cooperation of key road safety stakeholders.

Namibia contributed much through Ministerial support to regional transport strategies, road safety strategies and programmes and has cascaded such expert advice from the region into our local strategy. This ensures that local road safety programmes does not in any way lack behind in terms of good practices elsewhere in the region, continent of Africa and beyond.


Over the past few years, substantive efforts have been undertaken in the quest to improve safety on our roads. These efforts are commendable though fragmented and incoherent. The Decade of Action therefore provides an ample opportunity for Namibia to consolidate her efforts for the sole purpose of making meaningful strides towards the reduction of road related accidents and their resultant agony and human mutilation.

In 2009, Namibia joined the rest of the world at the Global Ministerial Conference that was held in Moscow. The main purpose of the conference was to solicit global support for the implementation of the recommendations of the World Report on Injury Prevention published in 2004 by the World Health
Organisation in collaboration with the World Bank. In addition, support was also solicited for the call for a global Decade of Action for road safety initiated by the Commission for Global Road Safety under the chairmanship of Lord George Robertson.

Subsequent to the Moscow meeting, the Ministry of Works and Transport obtained Cabinet approval for the implementation of the Decade of Action once approved by the UNGA. Cabinet further instructed the Ministry to develop comprehensive modalities through which the Decade of Action could be implemented. It is in response to the said Cabinet directive that this document was developed.

With the final endorsement by Cabinet (Decision number 23rd/15.12.11/020), the Namibian Chapter of the Decade of Action 2011-2020, acquired the authority of a Cabinet directive with binding powers on all affected ministries, organisations and agencies as this is the time for all of us to make our inputs.

Now is the time for action.

Erkki Nghimtina, MP MINISTER
Ministry of Works and Transport


The Namibian chapter of the Decade of Action 2011-2020: is a roadmap that outlines the focus areas, objectives and initiatives that NRSC and all road safety stakeholders in Namibia intend to take in order to achieve improved road safety for the period 2011-2020. This Plan, developed in response to the United Nations General Assembly’s call for a Decade of Action, provides an integrated picture of where road safety should be over the next ten years and serves as a communication vehicle for conveying specific direction, focus and allocation of resources in response to the country’s road safety challenges. This strategic plan was compiled in close collaboration with the key role players and will form the basis for performance management.

This strategy is based on the following key documents:

• Namibia Road Safety Strategy, 2009-2014 (NRSS)
• Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 (GP DoA)

Development process: This strategic plan has been compiled through broad-based participation of road safety stakeholders, partners and supporters. The process of preparing this strategic plan began with the mini-workshop facilitated by Stratex Consulting on 3 March 2011 in Windhoek. Thereafter mini-thematic workshops were organised and attended by role players within a given function area during March 2011.

The Vision (from the NRSS) is: “The safety of all road users is ensured and that all necessary efforts are taken towards preventing traffic deaths and injuries”

The Mission (from the NRSS) is: “To make Namibia’s road network one of the safest in Africa”

The seven core Values & Principles (from the NRSS), are:

Road accidents are preventable, Preservation of human life is above everything else, Total involvement of the community, Collaboration, Capacity enhancement, Sustainability and Socio-economic development.

If Namibia wishes to achieve its road safety vision, it has to perform in 6 Themes, viz.:

A: Road Safety Management
B: Education
C: Enforcement
D. Engineering: Vehicles
E: Engineering: Roads
F: Emergency Response

A total of 18 objectives were identified. The hypothesis is that if all these 18 objectives in the 6 identified themes are achieved, we will realise our vision for road safety in Namibia.

The Road Safety DoA Scorecard is presented in Annexure A and takes the strategy map (‘strategy wheel’) and gives it more detail. The Scorecard therefore presents the detailed strategies that must be implemented, in other words the action plan. The Scorecard includes the following:

• The 6 Themes
• The 18 Objectives with accountabilities
• Performance Indicators (PIs) and Targets for each Objective
• Initiatives with their priorities and responsibilities
• Cost estimates of all initiatives (expected total cost over the 10 year period)
• Scheduling of these initiatives over the 10 year period

SMART objectives are achieved through initiatives. Initiatives are defined as current and future activities or projects needed to meet the performance targets, as stated in the PIs and Targets for each Objective. Initiatives drive the strategic performance and are the means by which objectives are achieved. Initiatives are prioritised.

Note that capacity (in terms of human, structural, physical, monetary and relational resources) needs to be built in each theme to allow proper execution of the strategy.

The Figure below shows that the total strategic budget for this 10 year period is approximately N$747 million. The average total annual amount required to realise all initiatives in all Themes is approximately N$75 million. The total annual budgets vary from N$90 million in Year 1 to N$70 million in the later years. Themes B, C and F require the majority of all funding.

The annual costs above are approximately double that of the annual budgets in the approved NRSS. It should be noted that the above strategic budget includes road safety element in budgets of MWT, MoHSS, MoE, MVAF and other ministries and organisations.

Critical success factors for successful strategy execution are presented in this Plan. Without these critical building blocks in place, it would be impossible to successfully implement this Strategic Plan.


PERSONAL: Born on September 16, 1948 at Eembidi in the Ohangwena region. Lives in Windhoek.

EDUCATION: National Diploma, Public Administration, Unam (1995). Bachelor of Business
Administration (Hons), Knightsbridge University, Denmark (1993). Radio communication course in Berlin, East Germany (1986). Course in electronic war fare, Moscow, USSR (1985). Diploma in Political Science, Rostock , East Germany (1981-82). Communications course, military academy, USSR (1974-75).

CAREER: Currently Minister of Works and Transport (2010) Minister of Mines and Energy 2005-2010. Minister of Defence (1997-2005). Deputy Minister of Defence (1995-97). Assistant Director of Communications in the NDF (1990-95). Chief of Communications for plan on Eastern front, Zambia(1977-79). Communications Instructor for Plan at Oshatotwa, Zambia (1976-77). Clerk at Consolidated Diamond Mines (1972-73). Clerk at Oshakati Wholesale (1970-72).

LEGISLATIVE INTERESTS: Defence and Security, Economics, Finance, Agriculture and Education