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14 Inside BUSINESS Monday, July 10 2017 | NEW ERA KOKROBITE, GHANA Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school at Kokrobite and has helped to bring surfing to Busua, near the border with Ivory Coast. “The greatest thing about surfing in Ghana is that we have uncrowded world-class waves that appeal to the beginner and intermediate market,” he told AFP. “Most well-known destinations are very localised and very intimidating to the average surfer.” At the competition, which was held last month, local reggae boomed from the speakers stacked in the corner of a car-park. Ghana eyes surfing to boost tourism numbers In the water, Emmanuel Ansah cut across the breaks, deftly manoeuvring his board, trying to catch the eye of the judges sitting on a wooden platform, looking out to sea. The 19-year-old from Busua started surfing five years ago and described his first time on the waves as “like having a new girlfriend”. “I was so happy,” he said. Now he, too, wants to see Ghana become a surfing destination in its own right – and one day represent the West African nation at overseas competitions. According to the World Bank, 897,000 international tourists visited Ghana in 2015. In comparison, just over 1.1 million went to Kenya and 8.9 million travelled to South Africa. But the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates numbers for Ghana could jump to nearly 1.3 million this year and more than 2.0 million by 2027. In the last few years travel and tourism have directly contributed .3 billion to Ghana’s economy – the equivalent of about 3.0 percent of gross domestic product. Tourism generally focuses on natural attractions like waterfalls and national parks, historic slave forts and cultural activities. But with some 550 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, watersports on the Atlantic Ocean, off the palm tree-lined golden sands, are being seen as a major draw. “Surfing has a huge potential,” said Ghana tourism specialist Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey. “We have not developed our beaches. “We have not done anything, it’s a raw opportunity for anyone who wants to come.” Attracting surfers is seen as a good way to bring in middle-income earners to Ghana, plugging a growing gap between budget travellers, volunteers and those on business. “The gap between the low end and the high end is very huge, it’s an untapped market,” said Aggrey. “It is because people aim at making profit so they hike the price or rate looking for the high-end travellers.” The high cost of flights and accommodation in Ghana has been blamed for deterring tourists. A stay at a standard three-star hotel in the capital can set travellers back $100 (88 euros) a night, while flights even within West Africa can be eye-wateringly expensive. The head of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Kwesi Agyemang, said there are plans to start targeting different interest groups and improve regulation. The authority’s work includes targeting other countries for visitors. The government’s National Tourism Development Plan in 2012 noted there were “completely virgin” beaches in Ghana’s Western Region because of lack of access. They showed “great potential for development”, it added. Ghana’s new government, in power since January this year, has put a fresh emphasis on tourism and wants to develop Accra’s under-developed and impoverished beach front. The Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project aims to develop nearly 100 hectares (250 acres) of the shoreline with hotels, shopping malls, theme parks, an office and casino. In the 2017 budget, Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori- Atta said tourism could help address soaring levels of debt and high unemployment. Ghana, once celebrated for its rapidly growing economy, saw rates of growth slow to some 3.6 percent in 2016 – the lowest in two decades and well down on 14 percent in 2011. Davies accepted that government help was needed but, whatever happens, he will be encouraging people to ride the waves. “Ghana is just about to explode due to surfing tourism and it’s very exciting times for surfing in Ghana,” he added. - Nampa/AFP We Don’t See Fingerprints We See People If you receive a monthly income from GIPF as a pensioner or beneficiary, you need to verify your existence with GIPF three times a year (once every four months). Doing so will ensure that the money paid out goes to the intended recipient. Failure to verify your existence will result in a suspension on payments from GIPF. 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Monday, July 10 2017| NEW ERA ADVERT 15 City of Windhoek Vision: To be a Caring and Smart City by 2022 PUBLIC NOTICE PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT SUPPLIERS PRE-QUALIFICATION INVITATION FOR SUBMISSIONS OF COMPANY/BUSINESS PROFILES FOR PROVISION OF GOODS, WORKS AND SERVICES TO THE CITY OF WINDHOEK PURPOSE: To obtain company/business profiles from suppliers interested in conduction business with City of Windhoek in respect of the supplying of goods and services to be procured during 2017/2018 Financial Year. Service providers are requested to submit the relevant documentation and clearly indicate the type of goods and services they render, which should correspond with the nature of business stated in the founding statement or amendment. CATEGORY A: 1. GOODS • Supply of promotional items • Supply of refreshments • Supply of Safety wear shoes/boots • Supply of office furniture • Supply of corporate gifts • Supply of crockery, cutleries, glasses and other related utensils • Supply of computer equipment and network appliances (including but not limited to computers, laptops • Supply of Conti-Suites • Supply of cleaning materials and equipment or related cleaning supplies • Supply of stationery and cartridges • Supply of first aid supplies • Supply of newspapers, periodicals, books & other media publicity materials • Supply of motor vehicles, spare parts and related supplies • Supply of wellness goods (uniforms, t-shirts, sport gear and other related goods • Supply of equipment, tools and materials • Supply of garden tools and equipment • Supply of building materials, plumbing materials, electrical & appliances • Supply of mechanical materials, tyres and other related materials • Supply of computer/server software and/or other third party software as required (including licensing) • Supply of Safety equipment • Supply of combat uniform for the emergency management • Supply of fuel ,oil and lubricants • Supply of vehicles • Supply of analytical instruments • Supply of water treatment materials • Supply of CCTV cameras • Supply of wheelie bins • Supply of Software and Software Training • Supply of laboratory chemicals, consumables, glassware and related supplies 2. WORKS • Construction ,maintenance, renovation of buildings and fences • Drilling of boreholes • Supply of electrical, Plumbing & office equipment • Security infrastructure development • Construction of ablution facilities • Construction of fencing or boundaries • Construction of fire proof strong rooms • IT Network cabling and wireless installations • Supply of Software Development Services CATEGORY B: 1. CONSULTANCY SERVICES • Architecture services • Engineering services • Interior design services • Survey services • Property Valuation Services • Other consultancy services 2. NON-CONSULTANCY SERVICES • Supply of Air Tickets and arranging of accommodation and shuttles services • Services of Air conditioners, fire extinguishers • Service of security system (access control and surveillance cameras • Provision of advertisement and marketing services • Printing • Supply of flowers and corporate gifts • Supply of events management services and decorations • Hospitality and catering services • Rental of photocopiers • Provision of security services • Entertainment services (live band, cultural group performance etc.) • Services & repair of vehicles • Spray painting and panel beating • Replacement/refilling of gas bottles • Design of newsletters and exhibition materials • Gardening and related services • Carwash services • Supply of liquid chlorine gas • Branding of Services • Rental of mobile toilets • Refusal removal, cleaning and related services • Hiring of events tents, chairs and tables • De-bushing • Provision of cleaning services • Laundry services • Provision of skip containers • Cleaning fire breaks with heavy machinery • ICT Services, maintenance, SLA’s, ad hoc services • Internet Service Providers (ISP) Services, (including but not limited to internet, web hosting, cloud services, • Supply of Short Message Services (SMS) • Provision of analytical laboratory services (subcontracting) • Monitoring borehole sampling service • Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) maintenance and support services • Provision of laboratory accreditation services • Provision of calibration services for laboratory analytical instruments and equipment • Service of fire detection and suppression system • Provision of courier services for samples to external laboratories • Provision of Incineration service for laboratory waste • Service and repair of laboratory instruments and equipment • Short Training Courses, Symposiums & Workshops • Supply of Fencing services NB: The documents outlined below are mandatory in order to qualify for listing as eligible supplier: • A valid Company Registration Certificate • An original valid Good Standing TAX/VAT Certificate • An Original Good Standing Social Security Certificate • A Valid Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate, proof from Employment Equity commissioner that bidder is not relevant employer, or exemption issued in terms of Section 42 of the Affirmative Action Act, 1998 • A copy of the valid SME certificate status (for Bids reserved for SMEs) • A copy of the valid Certificate of Fitness from City of Windhoek (for those that are operating in town) • Original letter from the bank confirmation banking details (should be on letterhead, stamped and signed by the Bank Official. The City of Windhoek shall have the right: a) Ask for clarifications at time of evaluating company profile b) Reject all company profiles, if the above-mentioned conditions are not adhered to. c) Remove non-performing suppliers from the list d) Due to security reasons, some services may require vetting. Interested companies are requested to complete supplier registration form available on the City of Windhoek website under Procurement Management Unit http://www. or can be collected at Procurement Division, Patterson Street, Office Number 9. Submission of profiles must be in sealed envelopes and to be clearly marked bidders name and addressed hand delivered at Procurement Division, Reception. Bid Box will be available. 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