It takes time to master English: Chinese project manager

03 Feb 2014 18:00pm
OKAMBEBE, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – Miscommunication between Chinese and Namibian workers is hampering smooth labour relations between them, the manager of a road construction project said recently.
“The construction process is normal, but we are experiencing some difficulties of labourers’ management, where the Chinese and local employees think differently,” said Weisong Du of the China Gezhouba Investment Group.
He told Nampa over the weekend that despite this setback, work on the 98km Omafo-Okalongo road is progressing well.
“It would take time before our people master English, but we get better and communication gets better in our operations every day,” he said.
The road is a link between the Ohangwena and Omusati regions, and is being upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard.
Weisong was optimistic that construction of the road will be completed on time.
Construction commenced in October last year, and it is scheduled to be finished towards the end 2016 at a cost of more than N.dollars 720 million.
The company has thus far employed 170 local workers and a few Chinese nationals.
Weisong indicated that more local workers will be employed after this rainy season.