23 May 2016 11:00am
DONKERBOS, 23 MAY (NAMPA) Two years after construction was halted on hostel facilities for learners at the Donkerbos Primary School in the Omaheke Region, a new contractor has been appointed.
Donkerbos is situated in the Otjombinde Constituency, some 220 kilometres north-east of Gobabis.
The school has 180 learners and was built in response to the growing need for a school in the area.
Two corrugated iron structures were erected to house about 80 learners. However, there are no bathrooms and learners are forced to sleep on the floors as there are no beds or even mattresses.
Upon request by the Omaheke Regional Council, the Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) in 2013 initiated the construction of the hostel buildings for boys and girls.
Work on the N.dollars 6.5 million hostel was however abandoned by the contractor in June 2013.
Lynette Kozosi, spokesperson of the NGSIP, told Nampa last week MRP Namibia Constructions contract was terminated in 2014 due to non-performance on their part.
As a result the NGSIP spent 2015 and 2016 going through a procurement process to replace them, said Kozosi.
The new hostel with a dining hall, kitchen and sanitation facilities was supposed to have been completed in a years time.
The Deputy Director of Education in the Omaheke Regional Council, Victor Makgone told this news agency a new contractor, Rivic Consultancy cc, has been appointed.
The new contractor is set to start work on 29 May, but it is unclear when the buildings will be completed.
The school itself appears to be maintained well as the classrooms are clean and in a good state.
Minister of Mines and Energy Obeth Kandjoze had praised the schools management for maintaining it despite the trying circumstances.
He was in the region from 12 to 15 May to dispatch information on rural electrification and the importance of the energy and mining sector.
Kandjoze pledged to seek assistance from various stakeholders in the mining and energy sector for the provision of beds, blankets and mattresses for learners.
A head of department at the school, Licius Nguapia, during Kandjozes visit said the safety of the learners is a concern as there is no fence, while Donkerbos Primary School Principal Hedwig Kazarako-Nguapia said the school experiences severe water shortages which sometimes go on for weeks due to a lack of potable water in the vicinity.
The school is one of the beneficiaries of the rural electrification programme introduced by Government. A total of 400 rural schools are targeted for electrification before 2020.
Government has availed N.dollars 60 million for the programme, which translates to N.dollars 2 million for each region, Kandjoze said.