01 Mar 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) - Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Councillor Brunhilde Elke Cornelius has suggested that the City of Windhoek should provide training for residents on how to complete tender documents.
Cornelius made the suggestion during the City of Windhoek (CoW)s monthly council meeting on Thursday, whilst supporting the decision to cancel a tender for the sale of industrial, business and office zoned properties in Khomasdal, Katutura, Kleine Kuppe and Klein Windhoek due to irregularities.
Some people fail to qualify for tendering because of incomplete tender documents and lack of knowledge of filling in all the required information, she said.
Cornelius further suggested that all CoW tender boxes be made bigger so that they can accommodate all tender documents received, and said all clocks at the CoW customer care offices should be synchronised so that the registering and submission of tender documents can be properly monitored.
Councillor Tartasius Gaeseb supported Corneliuss idea, saying such training would encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to apply for tenders. He added that consideration should also be given to SMEs receiving simplified tender documents in order for them to understand what is required of them.
Training is very important because it can help SMEs that have never filled in tender documents before, he said.
Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula welcomed the idea of providing training on the completion of tender documents.
Speaking about the cancellation of the tender, Kafula said it was done in accordance with the legal framework due to irregularities noted.
This will be a good opportunity for those who did not apply to make use of, she said.
According to the monthly city council document, the Management Committee has recommended that the tender be cancelled and that the Strategic Executive for Urban Planning and Property Management invite new tenders.
The committee further recommended that the Strategic Executive for Urban Planning and Property Management ensure that the process is finalised within the shortest period of time and following the advertisement, the process of adjudication and approval of Council be obtained within 90 days.