18 AFRICA Wedneday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA Switzerland to return 0m stolen by Nigerian dictator GENEVA Around 1 million in public funds stolen by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha will be returned to the African country, Switzerland said Monday. The money, originally deposited in Luxembourg, was and in March last year the two states signed an agreement on its repatriation. “In accordance with policy on repayment of national assets taken illegally, Switzerland has agreed with Nigeria and the World Bank to return nearly people,” the Swiss government said in a statement. Military ruler Abacha, in power from JOHANNESBURG Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the death of South Africa’s revered former president Nelson Mandela. A series of events have been organised to commemorate the late struggle hero. Mandela died aged 95 at his Houghton home in Johannesburg after undergoing extensive treatment for a lung infection. The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) will on Tuesday launch an exhibition called ‘Unthreading Mandela’, part of a project ahead of the centenary celebrations of Mandela’s birth next year. The Eastern Cape provincial government will host various events, including the main gathering on Tuesday to be addressed by provincial Premier Phumulo Masualle. Mandela was born in the province’ village of Qunu, near Mthatha. “Unthreading Mandela hopes to represent 1993 until his death in 1998, is suspected to have embezzled .2 billion from Nigeria’s central bank in what the United States has called “brazen acts of kleptocracy”. The Swiss statement said these funds were frozen in a legal procedure by Geneva’s public prosecutor against Abba Abacha, Sani Abacha’s son. It said the return of the funds would be supported and supervised by the World Bank, adding that the move should “strengthen social security for the poorest Nigerians”. When the agreement was announced, “one of Switzerland’s priorities”. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has led a Nelson Mandela NOTICE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) FOR THE PROPOSED MINING ACTIVITIES ON MINING CLAIMS 70414 AND 70415 AT FARM DOBBELSBERG NO. 99 ERONGO REGION & INVITATION TO A PUBLIC MEETING Project Name: Proponent: Project Location: - Public Meeting Date: Venue: Time: Deadline for submission of comments: Mandela’s life as the ‘individual threads’ that wove Mandela’s freedom, or as it were, the narratives that make up Mandela’s story. The exhibition presents Mandela as less iconic but more human and reveals how his extraordinary achievements were not written in the stars but borne of real, painful, complex struggles,” the NMF said in a statement. “It reveals the lesser known threads, the untold stories and the hidden layers of life.” president Bantu Holomisa will deliver a keynote address at the NMF commemoration on Tuesday evening. Other speakers include NMF chairperson Njabulo Ndebele, NMF CEO Sello Hatang and Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Madiba, as he was affectionately as white minority rule came to an end, along with the abhorred apartheid system. The commemorations come on the back of an explosive report released Monday by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, detailing a mass misuse of funds during Mandela’s memorial services and state funeral. Mkhwebane found that R300 million meant for social and infrastructure development was diverted from the The lack of preparation by the Eastern Cape provincial government opened up to cash in. Mkhwebane has instructed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to initiate Special Investigating Unit investigations into the unlawful spending of public funds. – Nampa/ANA 2015, vowing to recover what he said were “mind-boggling” sums of money stolen over decades. – Nampa/AFP Sierra Leone opposition with police chief sacking FREETOWN Sierra Leone’s opposition on Monday said it welcomed the replacement of the country’s police chief following his sacking amid accusations of institutional political bias and endemic corruption. Former Inspector General of Police Francis Munu was reassigned to an ambassadorial post in neighbouring Liberia after being removed from duty last week, and replaced with Richard Moigbe, his deputy. The decision by President Ernest Bai Koroma - who has not commented on the matter - came after pressure by the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) over the arrest of their party spokesman Lahai Lawrence Leema and the detention of several more supporters. “We are satisfied with the decision to relieve the former police boss who was unprofessional in handling political matters,” SLPP chairman Prince Alex Harding told AFP. Harding alleged that Munu gave orders to police injuries and leading to multiple arrests. The decision comes with tensions over demonstrations and political activity spiking in the lead-up to March 2018 presidential elections, when Koroma will step down from reporting incidents of corruption to a British-backed anti-bribery platform via mobile phone found the police force to be the country’s most graft-riddled institution. Beyond corruption, the force is also dogged by accusations of using excessive force. The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone revealed in a report that police used live ammunition in an August 2016 protest in the town of Kabala, killing two people and wounding several more. Meanwhile the majority of the police detention facilities in Sierra Leone are overcrowded and have deplorable sanitation, increasing the risk of diseases spreading among inmates. – Nampa/AFP
Wednesday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA 19 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 Five offers were received for the provision of an Integrated Logistics Business Information System Solution Software for Courier Services to NamPost when tender nr. Avenue, Windhoek at 11H00 on Thursday, 09 November 2017. 1. Sympology Technology Solutions 2. JV Itech Engineers trading as DST Technologies 3. Green Enterprises Solutions 4. Dovetail Business Solutions 5. BPI Technology Three technical proposals were received for the provision of Consultancy Services for assistance with the establishment and operationalization of the Southern Regional Electricity Distributor (SORED) in Namibia to the Electricity Control Board when tender nr. RFP- in Bismarck Street, Windhoek at 12H30 on Friday, 10 November 2017. This tender has been conducted in accordance with the twin-envelope system whereby only technical proposals be read out at a later stage. 1. Aurecon Namibia 2. Lithon Project Consultants 3. Emcon Consultancy Group Thirty-three offers were received for the supply and delivery of 160 X Electronic Mother Baby Weighing Scales, including Batteries, 182 X Height/Length Boards and 160 X Adult Beam Balance Scales to the Global Fund Namibia when tender nr. RFQ 027/2017 closed at the Arcade) at 11H00 on Monday, 27 November 2017. 1. Nampharm 8 255.10; all mandatory documents attached and valid 2. Power Medical Supplies 395 272.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 196 000.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 4. Alke Building Works 5 540.00; bank letter older than 3 months attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 5. Paradigm Investment 106 300.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 6. Medsmart Medical Services 027 180.97; all mandatory documents attached and valid 7. Pelican Medical Services 746 311.27; all mandatory documents attached and valid 8. Bettie’s Investment 757 473.70; all mandatory documents attached and valid 9. Omiti Orthopedic Supplies 002 499.44; all mandatory documents attached and valid documents attached and valid 11. CH 14 Investment 444 400.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 12. Elyon Commercial Services 200 548.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 13. Dunedin Investment 640 873.16; all mandatory documents attached and valid 14. Commodity Exchange 8 909.29; all mandatory documents attached and valid 15. Oshakati Pharmacy 2 000.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 16. Medlab Services 156 260.00; bank letter older than 3 months attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 17. Supremo Pharmaceuticals 085 424.00; bank letter older than 3 months attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 18. Nakafo Investment 1 200.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 19. Akatsilu Investment 4 000.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 20. SJV Medical Supplies 301 325.40; bank letter with no bank stamp on attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 21. Simupuni Investment 026 613.61; bank letter older than 3 months attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 22. Genmed Enterprises 5 603.35; all mandatory documents attached and valid 23. Victor Valdes Investment 4 000.00; copy of bank letter attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 24. AM-PM Investment option 1 962 752.44 option 2 187 973.44; all mandatory documents attached and valid 25. Tegazo Trading 1 942.80; all mandatory documents attached and valid 26. Allybaba and Family Investment Group 0 000.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid in another company’s name attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 28. Anatech 446 380.80; all mandatory documents attached and valid 29. Enitel Group 328 520.00; no bank letter attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 30. Cospharm Investment 550 946.47; bank letter older than 3 months attached; all other mandatory documents attached and valid 31. Onambula Investment 380 000.00; all mandatory documents attached and valid 32. Bio Dynamics 397 225.85; all mandatory documents attached and valid 33. Afrimed Investment 145 147.98; all mandatory documents attached and valid TENDER TIPS Terms, conditions and instructions are attached to it a). technical: for civil construction, mechanical repairs, installation or commissioning ( b). standards (local or international), when supplying and delivering goods/products c). brand (is the product from a reputable manufacturer with a good tracking record) total tender price) e). liability: who (employer or tenderer) will be compensating for injuries on site, theft on premises, replacement of damaged equipment/material, e.g.) f). settlement of disputes (internally or through Unions) g). validity (period tenderer quotation is valid) and warranty (on materials and equipment) document not to be shared/discussed with third parties) i). packaging of goods/products to be delivered (when it is fragile, employer’s preferences) j). breach of contract (actions that will follow if tenderer k).legal requirements (dually signed contract, is the tenderer a legal entity doing business?)/ implications (when failing to adhere to all tender requirements/ l). retention (what are the retention periods and percentages of the contract value to be withheld in accordance) m). penalties (to be paid if the project is not completed on time) n). value added tax: inclusive or exclusive (calculate the total tender price accordingly) o). escalation of prices during tender period or are the p). health and safety (exposure to dangerous chemicals, very low/high temperatures, dust, degree of risk involved during e.g the construction of power lines, handling of potential dangerous tools or equipment on the side, etc.) Industry Social Security Commission, bearing a date that is within the running period of the tender tendered for of Revenue. If exempted from paying taxes, submission of written proof from the Receiver of Revenue and Industry (if company is a close corporation) from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (if company is a SME) empowerment (if company is a BEE) a). quantity and quality of goods/products to be delivered or services to be rendered b). skills (capabilities), experience (similar projects completed satisfactory in a similar environment) and c). support/advice/inputs/innovative ideas (during the project) or after sales services (e.g. when supplying vehicles, installing goods) d). track record (positive references from previous companies where completing similar projects) e). preference will be given to tenderers who tender market related prices and to companies with 51% Namibian ownership of which 30% shall be from previously disadvantaged groups (woman, racially disadvantaged, physically challenged) f). performance guarantee, tender security (bid bond) or letter of intend to spread the risks involved in the contract to a certain percentage, e.g. insurance against losses DISCLAIMER: NOTE THAT NEITHER NEW ERA NOR THE TENDER BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WRONG INFORMATION OR ERRORS.