By John Tuerijama
THE chief administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Freddy Mwiya says the much-awaited renovations to the Eros headquarters in Windhoek are near completion, before stressing that the tendering process involving N$300 000 was permitted by the board.
Mwiya was making reference to reports that the tender was never advertised.
He revealed that the tender was indeed advertised, and that over 100 companies tendered their applications.
“We have shortlisted three companies from our procurement list dated between September 1, 2017 and September 31, 2018. The Procurement List was established in terms of the Sport Act of 2003,” explained Mwiya.
“Our procurement team comprising of a representatives from the auditing company Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC), NSC Head of Finance and Commissioner Benjamin Rebang, recommended the three successful companies of which Alfamark was successful.”
The two other companies that did not make the cut were Total Mark CC and Mzet Investment.
The process took between three to four months to conclude before any recommendations were made to the CA and that renovations are expected to conclude this month.
“Since the NSC House was constructed and inaugurated in 2007 there were no renovations or maintenance.”
Mwiya further said that the shortlisted companies satisfied certain requirements such as having good standing certificate, certificate in marketing and finance and were also in good standing with the Social Security Commission (SCC) including having the employment equity certificate. The maintenance work includes the painting and the donning of the building’s foyer with pictures of Namibian athletes from the 52 sport codes and other relevant information that will be displayed on the wall.
“We want to turn the NSC House into a great corporate image and be on par with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) sports houses,” he said.
“It is so bad that even when we receive guests from neighbouring countries, they question why the NSC House does not look like a sports house. We really need to change our image and also bring on board our corporate partners.” “When you look at neighbouring sports houses in Botswana, South Africa and Zambia you will evidently see that their offices represent the sporting fraternity but ours is such a disgrace.”
Mwiya further explained that, following the resignation of the former head of marketing and the development officer last year, the NSC has saved N$300 000 from the salaries which they utilised for the renovation of the NSC House.
“We have now employed a development officer and a marketing officer while the company secretary services have been enlisted on a part time basis. He will be training our personnel and will also train our sport federations’ leadership on good governance, the constitution and on leadership dispute resolution.”
Mwiya added that the NSC House will be a pro-sport house once the renovations are concluded.
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