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New Era Newspaper Tuesday November 21, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA 14 TENDER INFORMATION As an added bonus for our readers we will publish the results of all tenders opened in public from Mondays to Thursdays on a regular basis. This information is noted and reported by a New Era Reporter Closing at NamWater 31 October 2017 Old Kudu Hostel Renovations Fourteen bids were received for the provision of Renovation Works at the Old Kudu Hostel to the Namibia Water Corporation when tender nr. W/RFQ/NW-03/2018 closed at NamWater’s Head Quarters, 176 Iscor Street in Windhoek at 11H00 on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Works to be carried out comprise: 1. Plumbing Work 2. Electrical Work 3. Tilling Work 4. Carpentry Work 5. Joinery Work 6. Aluminum Windows Bid price (excluding VAT) as announced for: 1. J. Benade Builders Plumbing Work 965.00 Electrical Work $ 9 685.00 Tilling Work 925.00 Carpentry Work 171.00 Joinery Work 000.00 Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 2. Twa Mena Investment Plumbing Work 905.00 Electrical Work Not tendered for Tilling Work 350.00 Carpentry Work 303.00 Joinery Work 000.00 Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 3. Dee & Dee Renovations Plumbing Work 525.00 Electrical Work 0 895.00 Tilling Work 0 725.00 Carpentry Work 310.00 Joinery Work 9 750.00 Aluminum Windows 8 310.00 4. Paulus Haipinge Plumbing Work Not tendered for Electrical Work 920.20 Tilling Work Not tendered for Carpentry Work Not tendered for Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 5. Kambahe Construction Plumbing Work 170.00 Electrical Work $21 850.00 Tilling Work 000.00 Carpentry Work 300.00 Joinery Work 250.00 Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 6. Deon Swartz Investments Plumbing Work 565.00 Electrical Work 070.00 Tilling Work 0 025.00 Carpentry Work 840.00 Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows 755.00 7. Ndinepenpa Trading Enterprises Plumbing Work 670.00 Electrical Work 550.00 Tilling Work 5 400.00 Carpentry Work 370.00 Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 8. Windhoek Aluminum and Auto Glass Plumbing Work Not tendered for Electrical Work Not tendered for Tilling Work Not tendered for Carpentry Work Not tendered for Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows 370.00 9. Aljoy Trading Plumbing Work 2 138.00 Electrical Work 290.00 Tilling Work 0 629.00 Carpentry Work 3 177.00 Joinery Work 600.00 Aluminum Windows 138.65 10. Goodyear Plumbing Services Plumbing Work 450.00 Electrical Work Not tendered for Tilling Work Not tendered for Carpentry Work Not tendered for Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 11. Ernesto Joinery & Renovations Plumbing Work Not tendered for Electrical Work Not tendered for Tilling Work Not tendered for Carpentry Work Not tendered for Joinery Work 860.00 Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 12. Integrated Electrical Solutions Plumbing Work Not tendered for Electrical Work 405.00 Tilling Work Not tendered for Carpentry Work Not tendered for Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 13. Joseph Martin Plumbing Work Not tendered for Electrical Work Not tendered for Tilling Work 980.00 Carpentry Work Not tendered for Joinery Work Not tendered for Aluminum Windows Not tendered for 14. JZ Enterprises Plumbing Work 360.00 Electrical Work 640.00 Tilling Work 9 468.00 Carpentry Work 21 350.00 Joinery Work 400.00 Aluminum Windows 996.05 Methods of Procurement Subject to section 27 (2) of the Public Procurement Act the following choices for procurement are available to the Central Procurement Board or a public entity: 1. Procurement of goods, works and non-consultancy services by means of: Apart from open advertised bidding, the other methods of bidding under the procurement of goods, works and nonconsultancy services may be used if the public entity has reason to believe that open advertised bidding: bidders. In the case that any of these eight methods were used, the Board/entity must report the grounds for the said choice of procurement for proposals on the basis of: 3.1 Open advertised bidding: When used, the invitation to bid or pre-qualify, is published: with wide circulation. This type of bidding allows for a public entity to give an advantage or preference to Namibian goods, services, suppliers or persons in the empowerment (previously disadvantaged) categories in case of the open advertised bidding process. 3.2 Open national bidding: Makes provision for participation in open advertised bidding strictly to citizens of Namibia or entities incorporated in Namibia with no less than 51% Namibian Citizen shareholding of which no less than 30% is owned by previously disadvantaged persons where these limitations are part of the invitation. 3.3 Open international bidding: Method of bidding applicable when: prescribed threshold and other conditions from more than one supplier in Namibia and goods/services are available from international bidders. 3.4 Restricted bidding: May be used_ services are only available from a limited number of bidders large or to small in comparison to the value of the procurement the prescribed threshold suppliers appearing on pre-approved supplier eligibility lists drawn up and maintained by the public entity in a prescribed manner in order to make sure that suppliers of specialized goods and services have and maintain the needed technical entity has reason to believe that the goods or services are only available from a limited number of bidders, it must directly ensure to obtain bids from all known suppliers capable of supplying these goods and services. When this manner of bidding is use on grounds that the time and cost of considering a large number of bids is too large or to small in comparison with to the value of the procurement and prescribed threshold, it must, as far as reasonably possible, 3.5 Request for sealed quotations: May be used for the procurement of: Readily available commercially standard goods not specially entity, small services or small works; if the estimated value of are not available from three tenderers. information as may be prescribed, should be included. may not be altered or negotiated. DISCLAIMER: NOTE THAT NEITHER NEW ERA NOR THE TENDER BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WRONG INFORMATION OR ERRORS.

Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA 15 FARMERS FORUM Your weekly Agricultural Corner Mangetti farmers want rangeland training Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has assured farmers that it will continue to provide farmers with seeds and tractors at a subsidised rate. The permanent secretary in the ministry, Percy Misika, says the subsidy is part of the ministerial mandate to contribute to increased food production and household food security. “The ministry will continue with this initiative as it falls under the ministerial priority list,” Misika added to underscore the ministry’s commitment. He said this in response to Farmers Forum questions about whether the ministry would continue with the subsidy given a cut in its Pleading for training… Tomas Ndiwakalunga and Ismael Shailemo of Mangetti Farmers Association (MFA) at a recent workshop held at Omuthyagwiipundi in the The chairman of the Mangetti Farmers Association (MFA), Ismael Shailemo, says there is a need for farmers in the north to be trained in rangeland management to improve grazing land in the north. This plea came at a workshop held during a farmers’ meeting recently at Omuthyagwiipundi in Oshikoto Region. Shailemo said the ben- were poverty eradication, wealth and employment creation and healthy agricultural production. He added that training was equally important for the beauty of the country that includes people, animals and vegetation. He says he and his fellow farmers want to learn modern farming methods without committing farming suicide and pushing themselves into deeper poverty as a result. “I am told that Mr. Venter and his team will certainly understand our plight and will, in turn, also ensure that our cries, shouts and thirst for knowledge and understanding of the dangers of overgrazing, overstocking, which puts more and unsustainable pressure on our land, will cause erosion and land degradation and that is like digging one’s own grave,” Shailemo says. He maintains that farmers want solutions and sources of support, education and facilities for improving the current status of their agricultural production and grazing. Recently farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) have faced a lack of grazing because of the high population of livestock in the area. As a result farmers have been compelled to graze their livestock in other regions such as Kavango West, budget. cial year a total of 40,000 which in the past has caused in that region and farmers mainly from the regions Ohangwena and Oshikoto. Some farmers in the north are said to have as many as over 300 head of cattle. “I hope you will also teach us and educate us on the carrying capacity and the challenges of bush encroachment, bush invasions, bush utilisation, proper aftercare and rangeland management,” Shailemo pleaded. He further raises the issue of a suitable markets for meat and animals from north of the redline with farmers complaining over the years about unfairness and trade from at least one of the subsidised services such as tillage, ripping, planting, fertilisers application, weeding and subsidised limitation in trading meat and other livestock products compared to farmers south of the redline who have access to the international market. “The other very important challenge that we face is the market. This is a subject that is causing us sleepless nights and hastening our high blood pressure and process of fast aging. “I cannot say much or else I will collapse and spoil the broth before the cooking even starts. This problem has been with us for a long time now; from the days when we were forced to call others ‘baas en missies’ until today,” Shailemo sternly but jokingly says. Government commits to crop subsidies Tilling… Photo: Nuusita Ashipala inputs such as fertilisers and improved seeds. A total of 132 tonnes of pearl millet and 32 tonnes of maize seed were sold under the subsidy programme to 26251 households while 160 tonnes of fertilisers were sold to 5058 households. Misika says during the try committed N million towards the subsidy programme and is expected to spend another N million during the current cropping season. The programme was introduced to empower farmers in the crop growing regions such as Kavango East and West, Zambezi, Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Omaheke to increase food production and enhance household food security. Get closer to homesteads, traditional leader urges Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Windhoek Two traditional leaders of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority have expressed their opinions on the minimum wages for farmworkers, and encouraged especially employers in the communal areas to promptly pay their workers. The Agricultural Employers Association (AEA), the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union (NECFU) and the Namibia Farmworkers Union (NAFWU) recently agreed to an increase of 25 percent in the minimum wage of farmworkers, which was set in 2014. This means an increase of N,70 to N,62 per hour or N0 a month for a worker who works a 45- hour week. Farm employers, who do not provide their workers with free rations, must now provide them with an N0 a month food allowance, an increase of N0. This brings the total minimum wage for a farmworker to N,400 per month. Chief Picket Kapukare from the Okotjituuo communal area in the Okakarara Constituency, spoke on the Omurari Wondjivisiro Ombaranga, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) about the issue of farm workers. He appealed to parttime farmers from his area working in urban centres, to become closer to their homesteads and in particular to develop a closer interest in their farming. The chief urged part-time farmers to give more attention to the payment of their farmworkers by, amongst others, ensuring that they pay these workers in time. By coincidence the Chief Kapukare had scheduled a meeting in the village of Ongongoro in the area which was going to raise the issues pertaining to farmworkers, including the non-remuneration of workers, employing workers without the neces- documents and recycling workers. He says it is necessary for these farmers to remain close to their homesteads to maintain their values, and one way of doing this is by remunerating workers in time. He says farmer and their workers need one another and where there is a good farmer/employee relationship there will also be a good worker. Equally, where there is bad farmer/employee relationship there would be a bad worker. Thus bad attitudes on the part of both the farmer and the worker cannot enhance farmer-worker relations. If the farmer develops the habit of not paying his/her worker in time, equally the worker will develop a noncaring attitude to his work, says the traditional leader. He says there are farmers who by nature are ill disposed towards paying workers, while there are also farmers who employ workers while they cannot afford such workers. Still other farmers employ more workers than necessary thus taking on more than they are able to chew in terms of paying these workers. Kapukare also raises the pertinent point of farmers employing workers at the mandatory minimum wage knowing well that they are not able to afford such a minimum wage. While cautioning farmers against looking down on workers he also advises them not to employ workers when they do not need them. He says it also advisable not only to pay workers in time, but constantly and consistently so that skipping payment does not become a burden on the farmer. He says it also necessary for the farmer and the worker to consider the rations of the worker and whether she/he agrees to the rations like having to share meals with the farmer or his/her homestead’s family, or whether the worker would prefer to prepare his own meals and thus either she/he is given rations or allowances on top of his wages in this regard. The traditional leader says it is also necessary for the farmer and the worker to agree on the means of payment like whether the farmer would be selling an animal every month to honour the wages or whether such wages would be paid through the bank via a stop order to avoid any misunderstanding.

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