Kalkfeld community worried about the quality of business park

13 Sep 2013 05:30
KALKFELD, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Residents of the Kalkfeld settlement on Thursday expressed unhappiness with the quality of a business complex currently being constructed here.
The settlement is situated 70 kilometres west of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
It was proclaimed a village in 1991, but was downgraded to a settlement in 1996 because of a lack of developmental and infrastructural growth.
Work on Kalkfeld’s first-ever business complex was started in August 2012 by Goro Investment Construction company.
Upon completion, it will comprise a petrol station, community market, public toilets, tourism information centre and fast-food outlets, amongst other facilities.
A member of the Kalkfeld Settlement Development Committee, Kennedy Urib told Nampa on Friday that the walls and floor of the food court, still under construction, have already started cracking.
“There are 10 toilet facilities in total for men and women, and they are completely of low quality.
We are very worried that this complex will not last long after its completion,” he said on behalf of the community.
Urib then urged Government to look into the quality of materials being used to build the business complex.
He also accused the contractor of slow work on the business park, saying the complex was supposed to be completed in August this year already.
“An extension of two months was given to them, but the complex is still far from completion,” charged Urib.
Approached for comment, Goro Investment Construction company site foreman Junius Thomas said the complex’s construction is progressing well.
He said only shading for the petrol station, ceilings and interlocks are left to be done before the complex is completed.
Thomas indicated that it is now expected to be completed during October this year.
It is being built at a cost of over N.dollars 14 million from the Government’s national development budget.
The money was channelled through the Ministry of Trade and Industry to the National Development Corporation (NDC) to execute the construction of this complex.