02 Jul 2015 12:30pm
TSES, 02 JUL (NAMPA) The training for the 670 shortlisted candidates of the much-anticipated Tses Glass Company came to a halt last week Thursday due to a delay in tents to accommodate them.
Tses is situated about 80 kilometres from Keetmanshoop.
The trainees were temporarily housed in the local community hall and old village council office since 17 June 2015, after they were notified through the Tses Glass Companys Facebook page to report for a two-month masonry training and orientation.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tses Village Council, Ivan Vries said the council is in the dark about the operations of the glass factory.
There is a serious concern about this company where the funding comes from and who the partners are. Everything is just in the dark, he stated.
The company has budgeted about N.dollars 41 billion for its development and construction and is expected to create more than 47 000 direct manufacturing jobs.
The factory will produce a total of 240 million glass bottles with capacities of 330, 440 and 750 millilitres for Namibia Breweries and SABMiller Brewery in Okahandja per year.
Meanwhile, an optimistic Tses Glass Companys CEO Simon Kapenda told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Monday after a short visit to the village, training will continue as promised and hundreds of tents are expected to arrive this week.
Our supplier has ordered all 335 tents, mobile toilets and hot (water) showers from South Africa and China, and those tents should arrive this week, he said.
The entire cost to provide these temporary homes and sanitation services for trainees will be about N.dollars 3 million, according to Kapenda.
During the visit at the village that same day, a few trainees were spotted at the temporary shelters, while most of the rooms in the hall and office were empty.
Most of the trainees left to their respective homes over the weekend to different parts of the country until they should report for duty on Sunday.
A 27-year-old mother of a five-year old girl said on condition of anonymity despite the crowdedness and shortages of toilet and shower facilities in the temporary shelter, they are positive that the factory will eventually kick off as planned.
The situation is just temporary. We are very positive that this initiative will bring change in our lives, especially for the unemployed youth in the Hardap and Karas Regions, she noted.
Another male trainee, who also spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity, blamed a lack of co-operation and communication among stakeholders for the delay in the project, but he is enthusiastic that the project will eventually kick off.
Food was provided to those few trainees, who stayed behind so far since management announced the temporary stoppage of the training last week Thursday.
In an email later the same day, Kapenda rest assured that the companys Facebook page is real and all information that he posts on the page is true. Kapenda announced on the social media platform that it costs about N.dollars 1.6 million per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner for all 670 trainees. A generous stipend of N.dollars 300 cash per month during the training program is also promised to the trainees. However, no payments were made to the trainees yet.
Kapenda did not respond to the question on when the payments will be made out to the trainees.
The construction of the company was initially planned to start already in May 2013.