Appointment of architect delays construction of VTC at Keetmanshoop

13 Mar 2019 13:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – The construction of a vocational training centre at Keetmanshoop is being held up, amongst others by a delay in the appointment of an architect for the project, the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has said.
The centre is set to be located in the Noordhoek residential area on 3 000 square metres of land bought from the Keetmanshoop Municipality for N.dollars 4.5 million.
Responding to questions from Nampa, the NTA’s Corporate Communications Manager Mornay Louw said they are engaging the Central Procurement Board with regards to the appointment of an architect.
“Clear timelines for the construction phase can only be determined once the appointment of a principal agent is finalised,” he said.
During the groundbreaking ceremony last year the authority said earthworks and servicing of the land would be completed in December and actual construction would start in January this year.
Louw however said emerging challenges with soil quality and earthworks have also resulted in delays at this phase and it is now only 98 per cent completed.
“The extended completion date has since lapsed and relevant provisions in the contract are being applied,” he added.
Louw said the objective of a fully-fledged VTC at Keetmanshoop, for the greater //Kharas Region, will be realised.
The construction of the centre will cost N.dollars 11.8 million.