15 Dec 2015 13:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 15 DEC (NAMPA) Construction of the incomplete garment factory here is yet to commence after the project stalled when the contractor was fired in June this year.
Previous contractor Goro Investments was shown the door by the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) after continuous non-performance and sub-standard work on the anticipated factory.
Besides the finishing work still expected on the premises, the unfinished building shows several spots of shoddy workmanship and evidence of vandalism.
The initial completion date for the factory was 30 January 2015.
NDC has since advertised for a new contractor.
NDC Corporate Affairs Manager Wessel Nanuseb told Nampa in September the revised completion period is now March 2016.
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.
Meanwhile, on the same premises, a furniture factory is being constructed by J. Groenewald Properties from Windhoek.
NDC Property Officer Justine Louw told this agency on enquiry Monday that the development was a subsequence of a proposal by the //Karas Governors Office under former governor Bernadus Swartbooi in 2014.
It was then approved by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation which is responsible for the financing of such projects.
On site, quantity surveyor Silent Rusere said the building cost of the factory is N.dollars 6 million and is expected to be completed in August 2016.
Further queries on both factories went unanswered on Tuesday, as NDC Nanuseb is currently on leave.