One-year delay for Keetmanshoop garment factory

14 Sep 2015 15:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – The building contract for the Keetmanshoop garment factory was suspended due to continuous non-performance by Goro Investments.
This was confirmed by Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) corporate affairs manager Wessel Nanuseb.
Nanuseb told Nampa recently that the company was contracted to complete the construction of the building on 30 January 2015 and not late 2014 as reported by Nampa last week.
The factory is now expected to be completed in March 2016.
Goro Investments, a Windhoek-based company owned by Gottlieb Namunjekua, was fired at the end of June this year with the factory yet to be completed.
Besides the finishing work still expected on the premises, the unfinished building shows several spots of shoddy workmanship and evidence of vandalism.
Asked why the construction company was re-hired following claims of delays, soaring costs and substandard work on another NDC project in Kalkfeld in 2014, Nanuseb responded that the Kalkfeld and Keetmanshoop projects ran concurrently.
“Goro Investments was found to be the most eligible tenderer when the construction tenders were evaluated, therefore the future non-performance of the company at Kalkfeld was not known,” he said.
The company was paid for all the work already completed at the Keetmanshoop site.
The initial contract for the construction of the factory amounted to N.dollars 6 727 500.
Nanuseb could not give the financial cost implications incurred at the suspension of the previous contract.
“A definite cost will only be available once a new bill of quantities is compiled for the work that still needs to be done to complete the project,” he said.
The NDC last week advertised for the services of a new contractor.
The Keetmanshoop garment factory is one of three NDC garment projects meant to serve as a lifeline to many former workers of the defunct Ramatex garment factory and to provide jobs to women skilled in sewing.
The Tuhafeni Garment Factory in Windhoek is already operational, while the Ongwediva project is currently in the planning stages.
The aim is to specialise in the vast and lucrative uniform market in the country. Namibian schools alone have around 700 000 learners.