Namdock housing plans on ice

Contract terminated

21 September 2020 | Local News

The management of the Walvis Bay ship repair company Namdock said that in looking to create a stable future for both its employees and the community of Walvis Bay through the provision of affordable housing, the company purchased 10 hectares of undeveloped land in Tutaleni, Walvis Bay in April 2014.

Through this initiative, Namdock was looking to contribute to the growth and upgrading of this Walvis Bay suburb, by donating surveyed land for employee housing in a bid to enhance the security and quality of life of its staff and the greater community.
In 2019, Namdock’s internal housing committee awarded a tender for the servicing and construction of 82 houses (of 214 erven in the housing scheme) was awarded to Bay Construction, a Namibian-owned construction company.

As the main project sponsor and at Namdock’s expense, an independent employees’ trust was established and the donated land was transferred into the trust. This was done so that the land and the planned construction of houses on it could be independently administered and be managed by the trustees.

Contract cancelled

However, according to management, the project for the servicing of the land and construction of the 82 houses was cancelled by the trust. This came after the contractor allegedly did not honour or fulfil the obligations in respect of the project by the 1 July 2020 deadline.

In fact Bay Construction deserted the project and left the country.

“While we are both shocked and disappointed by what transpired, we would like to place on record that we are concerned that the interests of our employees who are the beneficiaries of this housing project, are taken into account and taken care of,” said Heritha Nankole Muyoba, the acting CEO of Namdock.

She added that no money had been paid by the trust to Bay Construction prior to the cancellation of their contract.

“We therefore encourage the trust to act swiftly in appointing another Namibian contractor. The right Namibian contractor with the commensurate reliable track record and technical skills will undoubtedly make a success of this project, which is vital right now given the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local economy,” said Nankole Muyoba.

She emphasised that for the sustainability of the economy and people, Namibian companies need to support each other.

“We will be watching closely from the sidelines, respecting the independence of the trust, but with confidence that they will ensure a positive outcome to this unfortunate situation. Ultimately, it is the interests of the beneficiaries – the employees of Namdock and their families – who are our first concern,” Nankole Muyoba concluded.

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