By Sports Reporter
THE Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Tjekero Tweya has assured taxpayers that not a single penny from the Ministry is budgeted for the ICT Golf Day slated for next month.
Tweya was responding to questions during the launch of the ICT Minister’s Golf Day held in the capital this week.
“We have not budgeted any money for the golf day nor was there money set aside for the inaugural event (held last year). The event is merely made possible by the sponsors,” he said.
The 2017 ICT Minister’s Golf Day will be held in the Erongo Region at the Rossmund Golf Course in Swakopmund, taking place over two days, on April 27 and 28.
Tweya informed interested companies and individual teams that the Ministry would not organise accommodation nor transport to and from the coastal town.
“Kindly note that transport to and from Swakopmund and accommodation for the duration of the ICT Minister’s Golf Day is squarely for the account of the respective golf teams for which the terms and conditions will be communicated in due course,” said Tweya.
When asked about the procedures followed in choosing a region to host the ICT Minister’s Golf Day, Tweya said that the Ministry will use all available facilities in the different regions to host future golfing events.
“We looked at different factors such as the availability of the facility, tourism aspect and having the event during the first school holiday to make it easier for both families and the corporate sector to enjoy the event to the fullest.
“Those who missed the inaugural ICT Minister’s Golf Day last year, have no idea what they actually missed. It was a memorable day which brought people together from all walks of life. Male and female golf teams of the public and private sector entered, and I am proud to mention once again that the team of MMI walked away with the championship, while NWR female side ended as runner-up,” he said.
Tweya has invited all stakeholders in the ICT industry, ICT consumers, corporates, commercial sector and banking institutions, the various regions and their Regional and Local Authority Councils, institutions of higher learning, public enterprises, embassies and civil society organisations including the media to participate in the 2017 ICT Minister’s Golf Day.
The Minister also revealed that there was interest in the event from neighbouring countries but played the names of those interested close to his chest.
The closing date for registration is April 14 and no late registration will be accepted.
Rules of the 2017 ICT Minister’s Golf Day will be communicated to companies that will have confirmed their participation.
“We are aware that some companies have declared interest to enter a team or two and on top of that commitment was f u r ther wish to become a sponsor for the ICT Minister’s Golf Day. In this regard, sponsoring companies will enjoy additional exposure,” said Tweya.
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