CORRECTION: Construction of Neckartal Dam on schedule

26 Jan 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – The construction of the Neckartal Dam in the //Karas Region is progressing well and on schedule, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) John Mutorwa said on Friday.
“Everybody doubts, but besides the hiccups and court case, it is now finally resolved, and this project will mean a lot for this country and her people,” said Mutorwa during his New Year’s welcoming address and policy statement to his staff here.
The Neckartal Dam project is situated some 40 kilometres north-west of Keetmanshoop near the Fish River in the Snyfontein area of the Berseba village.
The High Court ruled in April last year that the tender be sent back to be re-evaluated by the Tender Board.
Italian dam construction company, Salini S.p.A had initially been awarded the N.dollars 2, 8 billion tender for the dam project in March last year, but the decision was challenged in court by CSC Joint Venture, and was subsequently declared null and void.
But in August last year, Salini was re-awarded the tender.
The dam is expected to be three times the size of the Hardap Dam, located near Mariental. It will collect water from the Fish River for green scheme projects, which will result in increased employment opportunities and food sustainability for people of the region and the country at large.
Mutorwa stated that despite a very challenging water sector in Namibia, many other water-related projects have been successfully accomplished. Many boreholes were drilled and equipped during the 2013/2014 financial year.
On-going programmes with regard to water provision, through pipes are on course.
However, many boreholes have dried up during the drought.
The Katima Mulilo-Kangola and Katima Mulilo-Ngoma water supply projects have been successfully completed.
The minister underscored the importance of desalination plants in Namibia, especially in the Erongo Region for the mining industry. The mining sector cannot flourish if there is not enough water.
Speaking at the same occasion, MAWF Permanent Secretary Joseph Iita called for proper management of water resources prudently in the short, medium and long term.
“Coupled with this is the provision of water to our people and meeting their sanitation needs through co-ordination and actual erection of sanitation facilities,” he stressed.