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New Era Newspaper Friday September 8, 2017

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32 ADVERT Friday, September 8 2017 | NEW ERA INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST REFERENCE NO: NWR/EOI – 02/2017 ESTABLISHMENT OF A JOINT VENTURE/S WITH NAMIBIA WILDLIFE RESORTS LIMITED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF GREEN FIELD RESORTS & RENOVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF SELECTED RESORTS Issue Date: 01 September 2017 Closing Date: 06 October 2017 Tourism has been identified as Namibia’s third largest and fastest growing economic sector. As indicated in NDP5, the government has recognised the tourism industry’s additional socio-economic growth potential through its broad-based impact on capital investments, trade reserves, job creation and rural development as well as protecting heritage and cultural values. Namibia Wildlife Resorts Limited (NWR) is a state owned commercial enterprise charged with the responsibility of providing quality tourism and hospitality management services in Namibia’s wildlife parks. The company has been operational since 1998 and it reports to the Ministry of Public Enterprises as well as to the line Ministry, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Among the objectives of the company are to conduct a wildlife resorts service in conformity with the development strategies and policies of the government of the Republic of Namibia through, inter alia: • managing, controlling, maintaining, utilising and promoting in the national interest the wildlife resorts service according to general business principles; • developing with or without the participation of the private sector commercially viable enterprises or projects concerning the wildlife resorts service or the tourism industry in general; Furthermore, NWR is empowered to “establish subsidiary companies or acquire an interest in any other company or co-operative society or enter into a partnership or joint venture with any person”. At the recently concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June 2017, the shareholder, which is the Government of the Republic of Namibia represented by the line Ministry, approved a comprehensive Strategic Business Plan which identifies clear greenfield options to be explored as well as the need for transforming NWR into a commercially sustainable and financially profitable company. Joint venture partnerships with members of the private sector who have a proven record of accomplishment in developing and operating sustainable tourism entities to complement the NWR Vision are a critical component of that strategy. The objectives of joint venture partnerships are to: 1. Ensure the sustainability and profitability of NWR through the implementation of business models to derive maximum returns from NWR’s current resorts and facilitate NWR’s growth through the development and management of green field sites. 2. To contribute to the repositioning of the NWR brand as a provider of quality tourism and hospitality services supporting Namibia’s unique wildlife, heritage and cultural experiences. 3. To maintain and grow Namibia’s position as a global leader in conservation and tourism humanitarian. Within the above context, Expressions of Interest (EOI) are invited from established tourism and hospitality operators willing to enter into a Joint Venture partnership with NWR in which NWR shall hold a 51% stake. Interested companies must provide information indicating their capability, experience and qualification in developing, managing and operating successful tourism and hospitality entities by submitting the following documentation: A. Firm/Company profile including Namibian and/or empowerment credentials B. Statement indicating the lack of any conflicts of interest with regards to the operations of NWR C. Description of similar operating partnerships undertaken by the Company in Southern Africa D. Reference projects and core competencies which support the eligibility and value of the Company intending to enter into a partnership with NWR E. Demonstration of the Company’s ability to provide integrated solutions which will support NWR in meeting its strategic objectives F. Demonstration of the availability of investment capital ready for deployment G. References showing experience and success factors including skills development practices The review of submissions will be at NWR’s discretion and will include a comparison of the competitiveness amongst each of the expressions of interest received. NWR will shortlist (pre-qualify) companies based on assessment of the received submissions using the information requested above. Short listed companies or firms will be invited to tender for the required services by responding to a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP). Clarifications pertaining to this call for expression of interest should be direct in writing to the office of Managing Director, to not later than Friday, 29 September 2017. Expressions of Interest should be deposited, on or before Friday, 06 October 2017 at 12h00 noon, in the Tender Box situated in the Office of the Managing Director, 181 Gathemann Building, Independence Avenue. Late or faxed Expressions of Interest shall be rejected. All submissions should be marked as follows: JOINT VENTURE SUBMISSIONS: NWR/EOI – 02/2017 DISCLAIMER • At this stage, the Expression of Interest does not constitute an RFP or a promise to issue an RFP in the future; • The request for information does not commit NWR to enter in to further communications of any kind; • Further, NWR at this stage, is not seeking proposals and is not accepting unsolicited proposals; • NWR is not paying for any information or administration costs incurred in the response to the Expression of Interest – all costs associated with responding to this Expression of Interest are solely for the interested party’s expense. A Recognized Leader in Tourism and Hospitality Services in Namibia

NEW ERA INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Salini cuts production amid money woes KEETMANSHOOP Italian company Salini Impregilo has been forced to rein in production at the Neckartal Dam to trim down on costs after government’s latest failure to settle its debts to the company. Salini reduced work shifts from 12 hours to seven-and-a-half hours to circumvent layoffs and paying of overtime to workers and subcontractors. The dam’s workforce of around 2,500 were informed of the company’s decision in a letter on Friday. The company normally operates on a 24-hour schedule with two 12- hour shifts. Company insiders told Nampa on Tuesday the Namibian government at the beginning of September only paid a portion of an accumulated amount to Salini. “The President [Hage Geingob] announced that all outstanding bills to contractors would be paid by the end of August, but unfortunately, this promise is not being honoured,” one source said. The director of water supply and Photo: Nampa sanitation coordination in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Leonard Niipare Salini. “We are busy engaging with the Ministry of Finance to see how it can intervene to sort out the payment issue,” he said. Niipare acknowledged that recurring labour issues and cash see the delay of the project – that the initial contract amount of the country could escalate. amounts, but we are confident the project will be completed, maybe later than anticipated, but Though Salini declined to comment, the newly introduced working schedule is expected to the company normalises. – Nampa WALVIS BAY Two Brazilian companies invited to Namibia by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) to explore trade opportunities are interested in doing business here and presented their ideas at an information session in Walvis Bay on Tuesday. The quarterly session focuses on business development opportunities, especially in southern Africa. Speaking to Nampa after the meeting, WBCG chief executive companies. In his presentation, owner of Teccoil Uilson Oliveira said he is interested in setting up a factory in Namibia which will assemble heavy duty vehicle engines. They plan to specialise in vehicles, such as trucks, tractors and boats. He said the service provision company will import the parts from elsewhere to be assembled here. Oliveira did not rule out the possibility of exporting the vehicles to other African countries after satisfying the Namibian market. He noted that such value addition business will create employment for Namibians, transfer skills and promote entrepreneurship. “We choose Namibia because it is a very organised country, but most importantly the port of Walvis Bay facilitates trade to most African countries, which is what we want.” company Zaltana Pescados, Bruno Leite said they are interested in buying hake from Namibia and also, selling their products here. Smith said the group aims to increase trade volumes through the port of Walvis Bay to grow the economy. “We want these potential investors to come back and implement their ideas here so that we do not remain secondary as a country,” he said. Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo were also represented at the meeting. Close to 60 business owners and representatives, including Namibians, attended the one-day meeting. – Nampa dreammore With low admin fees and tax-free interest for individuals, at NamPost Savings Bank, you’ll always save more. With our Fixed Term Deposit periods ranging from 3 - 12 months, you have more choices to let your money grow. The best part is, you can make top-ups whenever. With a Fixed Term Deposit account that offers you guaranteed returns. Visit your nearest Post Office today and find out how you can save more. NamPost Savings Bank Tel: 061 201 3115/3080/3214 Fax: 061 235 526 Email: We Deliver More.

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