LIBERATION struggle hero, the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, will be honoured posthumously when the Ondangwa Airport is renamed after him on his birthday on 22 August.
In July 2014, initials calls were mooted and again repeated for the Ondangwa Airport to be renamed in honour of the Namibian anti-apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner after his death in June 2017.
These talks gained momentum and were finally approved by Cabinet last year.
Airport custodians, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), then set in motion the procurement process to rename the airport which will be known as Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport.
“Naturally, when we got the go ahead from the shareholder, we got working and this will culminate in the special event to honour this late son of the soil. We are truly moved that those who will pass through this important junction to many destinations at home and abroad will have the possibility truthfully to say that for a moment at least, they had the privilege to be associated with the name of an outstanding humanbeing, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo,” said NAC Board Chairperson, Dr Leake Hangala.
Boasting a new terminal building inaugurated in 2015, the state of the art airport houses a restaurant, bistro, curio shop, foreign exchange service, sufficient seating, car rental facilities and an automated parking management system.
Among many other historic achievements, ya Toivo was a founder member of the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) and before it was remaned, the Ovamboland People’s Organisation (OPO).
Following his release from Robben Island in 1984, ya Toivo committed himself to building a democratic Namibia, serving as secretary general of SWAPO and in various ministerial portfolios in government.