Is blacklisting companies the way?



Recent trends suggest that sub-standard and under- par work has been delivered on the cleaning tenders in Namibia.
Forget the pricing and price ranges but look at how the tender jobs are delivered and executed.
I remember Windhoek being a tidy and neat city once upon a time and it would be a total abomination (if I may say so), to litter or drop a piece of paper on the streets. However, of late, there seems to be rising complaints on various cleaning tenders and it seems tenderers are not meeting their end of the bargain.
The de-bushing and clearing tender of the Kamanjab-Omakango-Opuwo roads in the Kunene Region have been of concern as the roads are subject to continuous accidents that occur due to stray animals on the roads. The animals find refuge in the dense bushy areas that are yet to be cleared.
The whole tender set up is questionable as it is alleged that the tender had been awarded to a company from Windhoek. Why would the tender be awarded to a company in Windhoek and not to any of the companies within the perimeters of the work that had to be executed?
Again, the aspect of decentralisation comes into play as it is evident that the allocated tenders for the locals were awarded to ‘out of zone’ tenderers.
The nurses’ residence or nurses’ home as some know it, of late has made headlines for the filth and the dilapidated housing infrastructure it displays. With refuse flying all over the place, questions arise as to what is happening to all the cleaning tenders being advertised in the media. One very important point to note is that out of most of the tenders advertised in Namibia, cleaning and refuse removal tenders attract large responses from potential tenderers who are usually SMEs with bids staggering to as many as 150 different companies.
In cases like this, where a tender has not been contractually fulfilled, there is need for the tender contract to be cancelled and re-tendered, hence at times, people see tenders being re-tendered and re-advertised due to the fact that the job might not have been executed properly or not even attempted the least bit.
The Tender Board, in some of their documents, clearly states that the failure to supply and deliver will render the tender to be disqualified or the company to be blacklisted.
Representatives of the Tender Board clearly explain that the respective ministry at hand requests, in writing, for the reason for late delivery from the company after which it (the company) is to be excused from its failure to deliver. If the explanation is a valid one, the ministry can compromise and actually shift the period and allow the company to fulfill the tender.
This week, a couple of cleaning tenders will close at the Municipality of Windhoek and at the Tender Board of Namibia. Since they are for cleaning, we will do a follow up and try and see if anything transpires and if there will be any significant changes to the execution of these cleaning tenders.
The real question though lies in the fact that is it practical to say that some companies have been blacklisted in the tendering procedure due to incompetence or they simply slide away and are never accountable for their incompetence and inconsistency?