Tses glass factory put on hold

17 Jul 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - An ambitious plan to set up a multimillion dollar glass factory in Tses has been put on hold due to a lack of required company registration documents and an environmental impact assessment (EIA).
Tses is situated about 80 kilometres from Keetmanshoop.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tses Village Council, Ivan Vries said the decision to put the plans on hold was taken after a meeting involving //Karas Regional Governor Lucia Boois, the village council members and the CEO of the company planning to set up the factory Simon Kapenda.
The meeting was held at the governor’s office in Keetmanshoop on Tuesday.
“The governor made it clear that things are not in place at the project for it to continue. It is not that we are against the project, it is just that things are not in place,” he stressed.
Kapenda has indicated that 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.
They plan to produce glass bottles with capacities of 330, 440 and 750 millilitres for beer and cooldrink manufacturing companies in Namibia.
However, things did not go as well as anticipated for Kapenda. It all started late last month when the training for the 670 shortlisted candidates came to a halt due to a delay in the delivery of tents to accommodate them.
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 Company’s Facebook page to report for a two-month masonry training and orientation.
An optimistic Kapenda told Nampa upon enquiry at the time that the company has ordered 335 tents, mobile toilets and showers from South Africa and China.
But things did not go as planned as the tents have still not arrived and a promised stipend of N.dollars 300 cash per month for trainees during the training programme also was not provided.
“It was just chaos,” Vries said.
Kapenda told this news agency the delay in the project and the stoppage of training apparently all started with the new government, specifically with the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development that has changed to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.
He said the governor and the new ministry require the necessary documents of the company that amongst others include company registration documentations with the Namibia Financial Institutions’ Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), an EIA, as well as company registration documents with the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development.
“We appreciate the meeting and the governor will assist us to get the necessary things done. It is just complying and getting the papers. It just depends on how fast we get the necessary documentation for the governor. Our investors also need a guarantee from Government,” he noted.
The construction of the factory was initially planned to start in May 2013.