Leon Jooste

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Leon Jooste stated : "We need to have some uncomfortable discussions, and we need to be more comfortable with uncomfortable discussions," External link

allafrica Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We will follow the provisions of the Public Enterprises Act to address the situation” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “We will also explain that Cabinet has approved for the employees to receive ex-gratia payments [payment without admittance of liability] to the value of 12 months’ salary, and that this amount will be disburse over a 12-month period,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:08:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste sagte : „Wir verhandeln seit September des vergangenen Jahres und haben eine Rücklieferung der Flugzeuge an ihre Eigentümer mit dem Konzern vereinbart. Wir haben ein Übereinkommen entworfen, in dem die kontraktlichen Bedingungen, die kommerziellen Elemente und die rechtlichen Prinzipien bedacht wurden. Ein verbindlicher Vertrag wird dann nach den Verhandlungen erarbeitet und unterschrieben. Die Regierung wird daher nicht rechtlich verklagt werden“ External link

AZ Thursday, April 29, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “At this stage, Namdia feels that they won’t need this any further,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, April 28, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are in 100% agreement with the [NIDA] board,” External link

namibiansun Friday, April 9, 2021 1:26:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are in the process of negotiating a settlement” External link

namibiansun Monday, March 29, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “The CCOPP directs the minister of public enterprise to instruct TransNamib to abide to the High Court ruling and abandon the appeal to the court order, in favor of Stocks and Stocks,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Any outstanding sitting allowance will be paid to you within 30 days from the date of your removal,” External link

namibian Tuesday, March 16, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste sagte : „Den Verantwortlichen wurde ein großes, kompliziertes Unternehmen mit einer Menge negativer Dynamik übergeben und sie haben versucht, die Lage zu wenden,” External link

AZ Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste betonte : „Einen Hauptanteilseigner in die Irre zu führen, ist immer ein äußerst schwerwiegendes Vergehen, und wenn dies so geschehen ist, werde ich nichts unversucht lassen, um aufzudecken, wo und warum dies geschehen ist” External link

AZ Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Air Namibia has provisionally been wound up by the High Court and voluntary by creditors by way of special resolution. These two processes are running concurrently. No creditor will enjoy any advantage over another,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are attending to this issue and have identified a solution,” External link

namibiansun Friday, February 19, 2021 1:57:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We have already identified several options,” External link

namibiansun Friday, February 19, 2021 1:57:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

herald Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:50:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable," External link

timescolonist Monday, February 15, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

wivb Monday, February 15, 2021 12:45:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia ’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

washtimes Monday, February 15, 2021 12:41:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, February 15, 2021 12:18:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

680news Monday, February 15, 2021 12:02:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "The discussions that we have had leading up to the conclusion we have reached, were done quite a considerable time ago already. So, there were obviously a number of issues that needed to be resolved. One of them had been a very complicated issue of the lease agreements we have on the two Airbus aircraft, and the fact that they are fully backed by a government guarantee," External link

allafrica Sunday, February 14, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "They were actually losing less than when they were operating because the business model is so flawed. When the minister says all options were explored, we mean all options," External link

allafrica Sunday, February 14, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "Air Namibia has no funds to make the payment and there are legal implications if the shareholder were to make the funds available" External link

allafrica Sunday, February 14, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “We will also explain that Cabinet has approved for the employees to receive ex-gratia payment [payment without admittance of liability] to the value of 12 months’ salary, and that this amount will be disburse over a 12-month period,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "It is not good enough to just hear of their concerns, we need to engage and internalise these and then we need to conceptualise the most appropriate solutions," External link

allafrica Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:11:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "All of the mentioned actions were in line with these instructions after due consideration of the applicable facts and merits. The government will soon be in a position to provide detailed information and I will be happy to clarify any misunderstandings or misconceptions then," External link

allafrica Friday, February 5, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The alleged donations you are referring to occurred before the Public Enterprises Governance Act of 2019 was operationalised. Public enterprises are required to submit annual business plans and budgets that must be approved by the shareholder [government],” External link

namibiansun Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Donations, if any, should be budgeted for and may be queried by the shareholder if the need arises. Public enterprises are legally bound to adhere to the approved business plans and budgets,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The ministry fully shares and supports the view that it is important for board directors to be insured in the execution of their fiduciary duties and it is advisable that they take out directors’ liability insurance cover,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, December 16, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The Air Namibia board presented a new business plan valued at N$4.7 billion. The new business plan is slightly different from the previous business plan that was presented to the ministry,” External link

namibiansun Friday, November 13, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We need to be convinced that they have a proper strategy; they have to convince us,” External link

namibiansun Friday, November 13, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I sent letters to all the commercial state-owned enterprises, instructing them to evaluate all existing business agreements to determine whether correct procedures had been followed and whether these deals are in the interest of the enterprise and its shareholder,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "Neither the ministry nor the board of directors will allow ourselves to be manipulated or influenced by reports and/or strategies to achieve goals that might not be in the best interest of the public," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "It is normal practice and prudent for a board to seek legal advice when so required to mitigate potential consequences when agreements or commercial relationships are reviewed," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I have asked the board to expedite this item as I want to have it resolved as a matter of urgency,” External link

namibian Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said ( about Commission ) : “I received information on this and forwarded same to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation. The ACC replied by stating that this should be investigated by the board and I subsequently instructed the [board] chairperson to ensure that this is being done,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:30:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste explained : “Section 10 of the Public Enterprises Governance Act makes provision for the appointment of temporary board members when the offices of all the members of the board become vacant,” “A company cannot function without a board of directors and it has become urgent to fill the governance vacuum that existed,” External link

namibiansun Friday, July 10, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I've instructed for that [his appointment] to be withdrawn immediately. In the absence of a substantive board, we [previously] recommended that the acting chief executive officer remain as caretaker until the new board is appointed,” External link

FIS Monday, June 22, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste erklärte : „38,195 Millionen N$ sind für die Verwaltung des Ministeriums bestimmt und 1,371 Milliarden N$ werden als finanzielle Unterstützung für die kommerziellen Staatsunternehmen benötigt“ External link

AZ Friday, June 12, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I presume the president's comment was inspired by this history,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, June 10, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “I am going to look into the N$2,2 million issue as well,” External link

namibian Friday, June 5, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "We approved, but I cannot share the reasons as it will compromise the investigation," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:42:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We approved, but I cannot share the reasons as it will compromise the investigation,” External link

namibian Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “All I can say for now is that we'll be looking into it and if procurement procedures have not been followed or any other issues are exposed, we'll have to take suitable remedial action,” External link

namibian Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:45:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “We cannot allow a process to proceed unless we are 100% certain that its integrity is intact,” External link

namibian Friday, March 13, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I requested information that we will review and once we've done that we'll be able to propose a way forward. The board's term has been extended till May, so we have some time,” External link

namibian Friday, March 13, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “It will still be very hard for me to share information on the RCC,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “We cannot allow a process to proceed unless we are 100% certain that its integrity is intact,” External link

namibian Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I requested information that we will review and once we've done that we'll be able to propose a way forward. The board's term has been extended till May, so we have some time,” External link

namibian Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "I have requested a meeting with him and I will be in a position to respond as soon as we have concluded the consultations," External link

allafrica Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The executives of Telecom are appointed (and disciplined or dismissed) by Telecom, not NPTH,” External link

namibian Monday, March 2, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “In general, the ministry of public enterprises will not hesitate to invoke the provisions of the Public Enterprise Governance Act or those of the Companies Act in cases where reckless or fraudulent behaviour of board members of public enterprises can be proven, and in both cases, board members may be held personally liable,” External link

namibiansun Monday, February 24, 2020 2:20:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The outcome of current investigations will guide us as to whether any further actions are required and what form those should take,” “In general, the ministry of public enterprises will not hesitate to invoke provisions of the Public Enterprise Governance Act or those of the Companies Act in cases where reckless or fraudulent behaviour of board members of public enterprises can be proven and, in both cases, board members may be held personally liable,” External link

namibiansun Friday, February 14, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Our ministry will be implementing the new Act very soon and we shall expose and deal with all corruption in public enterprises by appointing highly skilled people in the ministry with the ability to identify and investigate corruption,” External link

namibiansun Friday, January 24, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “A full bailout will require a great deal more and Cabinet will have to weigh this against the opportunity cost of funding other social or productive projects and programmes,” External link

namibian Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “Corruption starts with two parties – one paying and the other receiving, and both are equally guilty. I often hear people saying that certain officials dealing with the public are generally corrupt. If that's true, it means that the same number of citizens are corrupt,” External link

namibian Friday, December 20, 2019 9:23:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We have introduced an entirely new transparent system. All board vacancies are advertised in public media, shortlisting is done by a committee and an interview panel that includes relevant private sector experts is appointed for the purpose of conducting the final interviews,” “The ministers only see the names once the report is submitted by the committee” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “I have full confidence in the discretion of the minister to deal with this matter as he deems fit, after evaluating the obvious implications,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:31:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “Dear colleague, I believe the above recommendations are in the best interest of the company and its subsidiaries, and that these interventions will protect the interests of the state as shareholder,” External link

namibiansun Monday, November 18, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “You need to be a very healthy, well-governed entity to consider listing, so at the moment there is no candidate for listing. In the long term there may be other candidates that could qualify and that might be viable but in the short-term, there is not anything,” External link

namibiansun Friday, November 8, 2019 2:05:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are looking at the labour law, I am waiting for an opinion,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I can simply plead and write to fellow ministers or chairpersons of a board and say 'can you please conclude this'. There is very little recourse left for me,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Our principle is that we must always act in the interest of the public enterprise. I can literally give instruction. If I need to give instruction, then we have failed to appoint the right board because if we have a professional board I should not be writing letters,” “It begins and ends with the quality of the board” External link

namibiansun Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “If there is strong evidence of corruption then we are more inclined to agree to that suspension, because if the person is not removed from office, even though he or she is being investigated, the person may continue with that corrupt activity,” External link

namibiansun Friday, October 11, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “There are all kinds of delaying tactics. The person being charged happens to be sick, the lawyer may not be available; you see these things go on for months and months. In the meantime, the lawyer gets paid and the suspended person gets paid. According to the Labour Act, they must receive their entire remuneration, so it's in the best interest of the lawyer and the person being charged. And legally, as far as the Labour Act is concerned, and the provisions available, there is very little we can do about it,” External link

namibiansun Friday, October 11, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “If we manage to appoint quality board members who are highly skilled, with the right personality traits and integrity, and who have that same culture, it will always filter down to the institution,” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:46:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “That CEO will have exactly the same culture and leadership style that the board has and that would trickle down to the entire organisation,” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:46:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “In some instances, instead of public enterprises supporting the generation of revenue for the state, they have in fact become a burden to the state, by depending on annual government subsidies and guarantees to sustain their operations,” “For 2018/19 alone, public enterprises received a total allocation from the budget of N$4.024 billion. Even more concerning is the fact that commercial public enterprises, entities that are supposed to be profitable, received N$1.41 billion” External link

namibiansun Friday, September 13, 2019 1:45:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “Three airlines, namely South African Airways, Ethiopian Airways and Lufthansa indicated an interest to pursue further discussions,” External link

northafricapost Friday, September 6, 2019 10:19:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are not doing that well and we need to push and fight this battle well,” External link

namibian Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:04:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said ( about Cabinet Committee ) : “This report has given us a more accurate picture of the various realities surrounding Air Namibia and what may be required to restore the commercial viability of our airline,” “During recent deliberations at the Cabinet Committee on Treasury, the Air Namibia cashflow and associated challenges were discussed. This finally culminated in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Overall Policy and Priorities that was held on Wednesday, 5 June 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the feasibility of Air Namibia and the way forward” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:54:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The return on assets of the PE (public enterprise) portfolio is negative/loss-making (more than N$150 million per annum)” External link

africanbusinessmagazine Friday, May 10, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste stated : “I have not received any information on this item, but we will not hesitate to investigate the matter if these allegations are evidence-based,” External link

namibian Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “This Bill is of fundamental importance for Namibia. The related urgency is exponentially more important under our current economic circumstances where the reform of our SOEs is a non-negotiable element to restore economic growth,” External link

namibia-broadcasting-corp Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The RCC has many creditors who will, while the company is under judicial management, have to wait to see their claims against the company settled. The judicial manager will proactively seek ways to restructure the debt of the company and respond to the financial demands of the company,” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:01:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste erklärte ( about Albert Kawana ) : „Der Staatsanwalt Albert Kawana hat die Änderungen abgesegnet und jetzt wird es dem Parlament vorgelegt, bevor es nochmals dem Nationalrat präsentiert wird und als Gesetz verkündet werden kann“ External link

AZ Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:52:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste betonte : „Der strategische Wert von TransNamib ist immens – es ist eines der wichtigsten, wenn nicht sogar das wichtigste namibische Staatsunternehmen“ External link

AZ Friday, February 8, 2019 1:43:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The item has been referred to the attorney-general for an opinion and recommendations,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:49:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "the principles of the new model are in force and all future public enterprises will be categorised accordingly" External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 11:58:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "the principles of the new model are in force and all future public enterprises will be categorised accordingly" External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "Performance management will become an integral part of PE governance ... with an incentivised remuneration system. A performance management system will be implemented to optimize accountability and transparency," External link

allafrica Friday, July 22, 2016 3:57:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste stated : "As to the commercial public enterprises, the Ministry of Public Enterprises will henceforth execute the full shareholder rights," External link

allafrica Friday, July 22, 2016 3:30:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "We feel very strongly that we need to appoint the best possible people to boards," External link

allafrica Friday, June 10, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "I think there is a wealth of knowledge and experience among yourselves. Sometimes not everybody knows everything, so when you get stuck in a situation, like when you are in negotiations with the unions, you must be able to consult with your colleagues and ask for solutions to tap into answers on particular issues. I think we must complement each other" External link

allafrica Friday, June 10, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "My ministry will make use of these forums to communicate and engage the accounting officers responsible for public enterprises in order to deal with the challenges of governance, in particular, and to ensure that we move the Harambee Prosperity Plan forward" External link

allafrica Friday, June 10, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "We need to agree on a new governance model for public enterprises for Namibia," External link

allafrica Monday, June 6, 2016 5:08:00 PM EAT



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windhoek public enterprises minister5.00%EN07/22/201622/07/2016
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deputy5.00%EN04/24/200724/04/2007
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Leon Jooste

Last updated on 2006-05-29T06:50+0300.

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Leon Jooste stated : "We need to have some uncomfortable discussions, and we need to be more comfortable with uncomfortable discussions," External link

allafrica Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We will follow the provisions of the Public Enterprises Act to address the situation” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “We will also explain that Cabinet has approved for the employees to receive ex-gratia payments [payment without admittance of liability] to the value of 12 months’ salary, and that this amount will be disburse over a 12-month period,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:08:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste sagte : „Wir verhandeln seit September des vergangenen Jahres und haben eine Rücklieferung der Flugzeuge an ihre Eigentümer mit dem Konzern vereinbart. Wir haben ein Übereinkommen entworfen, in dem die kontraktlichen Bedingungen, die kommerziellen Elemente und die rechtlichen Prinzipien bedacht wurden. Ein verbindlicher Vertrag wird dann nach den Verhandlungen erarbeitet und unterschrieben. Die Regierung wird daher nicht rechtlich verklagt werden“ External link

AZ Thursday, April 29, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “At this stage, Namdia feels that they won’t need this any further,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, April 28, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are in 100% agreement with the [NIDA] board,” External link

namibiansun Friday, April 9, 2021 1:26:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are in the process of negotiating a settlement” External link

namibiansun Monday, March 29, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “The CCOPP directs the minister of public enterprise to instruct TransNamib to abide to the High Court ruling and abandon the appeal to the court order, in favor of Stocks and Stocks,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Any outstanding sitting allowance will be paid to you within 30 days from the date of your removal,” External link

namibian Tuesday, March 16, 2021 3:23:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste sagte : „Den Verantwortlichen wurde ein großes, kompliziertes Unternehmen mit einer Menge negativer Dynamik übergeben und sie haben versucht, die Lage zu wenden,” External link

AZ Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste betonte : „Einen Hauptanteilseigner in die Irre zu führen, ist immer ein äußerst schwerwiegendes Vergehen, und wenn dies so geschehen ist, werde ich nichts unversucht lassen, um aufzudecken, wo und warum dies geschehen ist” External link

AZ Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Air Namibia has provisionally been wound up by the High Court and voluntary by creditors by way of special resolution. These two processes are running concurrently. No creditor will enjoy any advantage over another,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are attending to this issue and have identified a solution,” External link

namibiansun Friday, February 19, 2021 1:57:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We have already identified several options,” External link

namibiansun Friday, February 19, 2021 1:57:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

herald Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:50:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable," External link

timescolonist Monday, February 15, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

wivb Monday, February 15, 2021 12:45:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia ’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

washtimes Monday, February 15, 2021 12:41:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, February 15, 2021 12:18:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The national airline is not profitable and it has not been profitable since its inception. The net economic costs of Air Namibia’s operations far outstrip the net gains and it is thus unsustainable,” External link

680news Monday, February 15, 2021 12:02:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "The discussions that we have had leading up to the conclusion we have reached, were done quite a considerable time ago already. So, there were obviously a number of issues that needed to be resolved. One of them had been a very complicated issue of the lease agreements we have on the two Airbus aircraft, and the fact that they are fully backed by a government guarantee," External link

allafrica Sunday, February 14, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "They were actually losing less than when they were operating because the business model is so flawed. When the minister says all options were explored, we mean all options," External link

allafrica Sunday, February 14, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "Air Namibia has no funds to make the payment and there are legal implications if the shareholder were to make the funds available" External link

allafrica Sunday, February 14, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “We will also explain that Cabinet has approved for the employees to receive ex-gratia payment [payment without admittance of liability] to the value of 12 months’ salary, and that this amount will be disburse over a 12-month period,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "It is not good enough to just hear of their concerns, we need to engage and internalise these and then we need to conceptualise the most appropriate solutions," External link

allafrica Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:11:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "All of the mentioned actions were in line with these instructions after due consideration of the applicable facts and merits. The government will soon be in a position to provide detailed information and I will be happy to clarify any misunderstandings or misconceptions then," External link

allafrica Friday, February 5, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The alleged donations you are referring to occurred before the Public Enterprises Governance Act of 2019 was operationalised. Public enterprises are required to submit annual business plans and budgets that must be approved by the shareholder [government],” External link

namibiansun Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Donations, if any, should be budgeted for and may be queried by the shareholder if the need arises. Public enterprises are legally bound to adhere to the approved business plans and budgets,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The ministry fully shares and supports the view that it is important for board directors to be insured in the execution of their fiduciary duties and it is advisable that they take out directors’ liability insurance cover,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, December 16, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The Air Namibia board presented a new business plan valued at N$4.7 billion. The new business plan is slightly different from the previous business plan that was presented to the ministry,” External link

namibiansun Friday, November 13, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We need to be convinced that they have a proper strategy; they have to convince us,” External link

namibiansun Friday, November 13, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I sent letters to all the commercial state-owned enterprises, instructing them to evaluate all existing business agreements to determine whether correct procedures had been followed and whether these deals are in the interest of the enterprise and its shareholder,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "Neither the ministry nor the board of directors will allow ourselves to be manipulated or influenced by reports and/or strategies to achieve goals that might not be in the best interest of the public," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "It is normal practice and prudent for a board to seek legal advice when so required to mitigate potential consequences when agreements or commercial relationships are reviewed," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I have asked the board to expedite this item as I want to have it resolved as a matter of urgency,” External link

namibian Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said ( about Commission ) : “I received information on this and forwarded same to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation. The ACC replied by stating that this should be investigated by the board and I subsequently instructed the [board] chairperson to ensure that this is being done,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:30:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste explained : “Section 10 of the Public Enterprises Governance Act makes provision for the appointment of temporary board members when the offices of all the members of the board become vacant,” “A company cannot function without a board of directors and it has become urgent to fill the governance vacuum that existed,” External link

namibiansun Friday, July 10, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I've instructed for that [his appointment] to be withdrawn immediately. In the absence of a substantive board, we [previously] recommended that the acting chief executive officer remain as caretaker until the new board is appointed,” External link

FIS Monday, June 22, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste erklärte : „38,195 Millionen N$ sind für die Verwaltung des Ministeriums bestimmt und 1,371 Milliarden N$ werden als finanzielle Unterstützung für die kommerziellen Staatsunternehmen benötigt“ External link

AZ Friday, June 12, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I presume the president's comment was inspired by this history,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, June 10, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “I am going to look into the N$2,2 million issue as well,” External link

namibian Friday, June 5, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "We approved, but I cannot share the reasons as it will compromise the investigation," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:42:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We approved, but I cannot share the reasons as it will compromise the investigation,” External link

namibian Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “All I can say for now is that we'll be looking into it and if procurement procedures have not been followed or any other issues are exposed, we'll have to take suitable remedial action,” External link

namibian Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:45:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “We cannot allow a process to proceed unless we are 100% certain that its integrity is intact,” External link

namibian Friday, March 13, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I requested information that we will review and once we've done that we'll be able to propose a way forward. The board's term has been extended till May, so we have some time,” External link

namibian Friday, March 13, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “It will still be very hard for me to share information on the RCC,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “We cannot allow a process to proceed unless we are 100% certain that its integrity is intact,” External link

namibian Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I requested information that we will review and once we've done that we'll be able to propose a way forward. The board's term has been extended till May, so we have some time,” External link

namibian Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "I have requested a meeting with him and I will be in a position to respond as soon as we have concluded the consultations," External link

allafrica Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The executives of Telecom are appointed (and disciplined or dismissed) by Telecom, not NPTH,” External link

namibian Monday, March 2, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “In general, the ministry of public enterprises will not hesitate to invoke the provisions of the Public Enterprise Governance Act or those of the Companies Act in cases where reckless or fraudulent behaviour of board members of public enterprises can be proven, and in both cases, board members may be held personally liable,” External link

namibiansun Monday, February 24, 2020 2:20:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The outcome of current investigations will guide us as to whether any further actions are required and what form those should take,” “In general, the ministry of public enterprises will not hesitate to invoke provisions of the Public Enterprise Governance Act or those of the Companies Act in cases where reckless or fraudulent behaviour of board members of public enterprises can be proven and, in both cases, board members may be held personally liable,” External link

namibiansun Friday, February 14, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Our ministry will be implementing the new Act very soon and we shall expose and deal with all corruption in public enterprises by appointing highly skilled people in the ministry with the ability to identify and investigate corruption,” External link

namibiansun Friday, January 24, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “A full bailout will require a great deal more and Cabinet will have to weigh this against the opportunity cost of funding other social or productive projects and programmes,” External link

namibian Tuesday, December 24, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “Corruption starts with two parties – one paying and the other receiving, and both are equally guilty. I often hear people saying that certain officials dealing with the public are generally corrupt. If that's true, it means that the same number of citizens are corrupt,” External link

namibian Friday, December 20, 2019 9:23:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We have introduced an entirely new transparent system. All board vacancies are advertised in public media, shortlisting is done by a committee and an interview panel that includes relevant private sector experts is appointed for the purpose of conducting the final interviews,” “The ministers only see the names once the report is submitted by the committee” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “I have full confidence in the discretion of the minister to deal with this matter as he deems fit, after evaluating the obvious implications,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:31:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “Dear colleague, I believe the above recommendations are in the best interest of the company and its subsidiaries, and that these interventions will protect the interests of the state as shareholder,” External link

namibiansun Monday, November 18, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “You need to be a very healthy, well-governed entity to consider listing, so at the moment there is no candidate for listing. In the long term there may be other candidates that could qualify and that might be viable but in the short-term, there is not anything,” External link

namibiansun Friday, November 8, 2019 2:05:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are looking at the labour law, I am waiting for an opinion,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “I can simply plead and write to fellow ministers or chairpersons of a board and say 'can you please conclude this'. There is very little recourse left for me,” External link

namibiansun Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “Our principle is that we must always act in the interest of the public enterprise. I can literally give instruction. If I need to give instruction, then we have failed to appoint the right board because if we have a professional board I should not be writing letters,” “It begins and ends with the quality of the board” External link

namibiansun Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “If there is strong evidence of corruption then we are more inclined to agree to that suspension, because if the person is not removed from office, even though he or she is being investigated, the person may continue with that corrupt activity,” External link

namibiansun Friday, October 11, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “There are all kinds of delaying tactics. The person being charged happens to be sick, the lawyer may not be available; you see these things go on for months and months. In the meantime, the lawyer gets paid and the suspended person gets paid. According to the Labour Act, they must receive their entire remuneration, so it's in the best interest of the lawyer and the person being charged. And legally, as far as the Labour Act is concerned, and the provisions available, there is very little we can do about it,” External link

namibiansun Friday, October 11, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste told : “If we manage to appoint quality board members who are highly skilled, with the right personality traits and integrity, and who have that same culture, it will always filter down to the institution,” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:46:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste added : “That CEO will have exactly the same culture and leadership style that the board has and that would trickle down to the entire organisation,” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:46:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “In some instances, instead of public enterprises supporting the generation of revenue for the state, they have in fact become a burden to the state, by depending on annual government subsidies and guarantees to sustain their operations,” “For 2018/19 alone, public enterprises received a total allocation from the budget of N$4.024 billion. Even more concerning is the fact that commercial public enterprises, entities that are supposed to be profitable, received N$1.41 billion” External link

namibiansun Friday, September 13, 2019 1:45:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste wrote : “Three airlines, namely South African Airways, Ethiopian Airways and Lufthansa indicated an interest to pursue further discussions,” External link

northafricapost Friday, September 6, 2019 10:19:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “We are not doing that well and we need to push and fight this battle well,” External link

namibian Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:04:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said ( about Cabinet Committee ) : “This report has given us a more accurate picture of the various realities surrounding Air Namibia and what may be required to restore the commercial viability of our airline,” “During recent deliberations at the Cabinet Committee on Treasury, the Air Namibia cashflow and associated challenges were discussed. This finally culminated in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Overall Policy and Priorities that was held on Wednesday, 5 June 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the feasibility of Air Namibia and the way forward” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:54:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The return on assets of the PE (public enterprise) portfolio is negative/loss-making (more than N$150 million per annum)” External link

africanbusinessmagazine Friday, May 10, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste stated : “I have not received any information on this item, but we will not hesitate to investigate the matter if these allegations are evidence-based,” External link

namibian Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “This Bill is of fundamental importance for Namibia. The related urgency is exponentially more important under our current economic circumstances where the reform of our SOEs is a non-negotiable element to restore economic growth,” External link

namibia-broadcasting-corp Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The RCC has many creditors who will, while the company is under judicial management, have to wait to see their claims against the company settled. The judicial manager will proactively seek ways to restructure the debt of the company and respond to the financial demands of the company,” External link

namibiansun Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:01:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste erklärte ( about Albert Kawana ) : „Der Staatsanwalt Albert Kawana hat die Änderungen abgesegnet und jetzt wird es dem Parlament vorgelegt, bevor es nochmals dem Nationalrat präsentiert wird und als Gesetz verkündet werden kann“ External link

AZ Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:52:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste betonte : „Der strategische Wert von TransNamib ist immens – es ist eines der wichtigsten, wenn nicht sogar das wichtigste namibische Staatsunternehmen“ External link

AZ Friday, February 8, 2019 1:43:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : “The item has been referred to the attorney-general for an opinion and recommendations,” External link

namibiansun Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:49:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "the principles of the new model are in force and all future public enterprises will be categorised accordingly" External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 11:58:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "the principles of the new model are in force and all future public enterprises will be categorised accordingly" External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "Performance management will become an integral part of PE governance ... with an incentivised remuneration system. A performance management system will be implemented to optimize accountability and transparency," External link

allafrica Friday, July 22, 2016 3:57:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste stated : "As to the commercial public enterprises, the Ministry of Public Enterprises will henceforth execute the full shareholder rights," External link

allafrica Friday, July 22, 2016 3:30:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "We feel very strongly that we need to appoint the best possible people to boards," External link

allafrica Friday, June 10, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "I think there is a wealth of knowledge and experience among yourselves. Sometimes not everybody knows everything, so when you get stuck in a situation, like when you are in negotiations with the unions, you must be able to consult with your colleagues and ask for solutions to tap into answers on particular issues. I think we must complement each other" External link

allafrica Friday, June 10, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "My ministry will make use of these forums to communicate and engage the accounting officers responsible for public enterprises in order to deal with the challenges of governance, in particular, and to ensure that we move the Harambee Prosperity Plan forward" External link

allafrica Friday, June 10, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Leon Jooste said : "We need to agree on a new governance model for public enterprises for Namibia," External link

allafrica Monday, June 6, 2016 5:08:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister70.00%EN12/08/201608/12/2016
public enterprises minister15.00%EN12/08/201608/12/2016
windhoek public enterprises minister5.00%EN07/22/201622/07/2016
minister of public enterprises5.00%EN06/03/201603/06/2016
deputy5.00%EN04/24/200724/04/2007
Names Lang Count
Leon JoosteEN97.30%
Leon JoosteDE2.70%


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