Rundu waste plans in pipeline

04 Jul 2017 18:20pm
RUNDU, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The Rundu Town Council (RTC) intends entering a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Waste Power Generation PTY Limited to collect and recycle refuse as a way of mitigating the town’s waste management problem.
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Rector, Tjama Tjivikua and Russian investors own the company that also intends working with other local authorities such as Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay.
“We are challenged by refuse removal and this PPP will address the issues of refuse the town has been battling with,” said Rundu Mayor Verna Sinimbo in an interview with Nampa on Monday.
“We believe this initiative is a comprehensive project as it will start from the collection of refuse to energy generation.”
The company plans entering into a separate agreement with the Northern Regional Electricity Distribution office in Rundu to recycle the waste and generate electricity.
Sinimbo said the resolution was taken in May at the council meeting, where concerns on the financial capacity of the company surfaced because it was not proven in the proposal provided earlier.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Professor Frank Michael Adam told Nampa on Tuesday that the African Expert Federation is preparing feasibility studies on the project and the PPP agreement.
Adam said the company has secured funds from two financial institutions, Standard Bank Namibia and the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), for the Rundu project that will cost about N.dollars 250 million.
Every year, Rundu residents complain about the pace at which contractors collect waste around the town and that the tender is awarded to incompetent contractors, who do not possess the skills and equipment to carry out the duties.
Sinimbo said in future, RTC will look at terminating agreements with contractors who do not perform their duties.