TIPEEG soldiers on

In the latest tender awards of the various tenders for the month of June, various Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg) tenders were awarded, having closed earlier this year.
Tipeeg seems to be marching on despite facing criticism on its implementation and its slow pace in delivering desirable end results; getting the job done on the various tenders.
There has been a downward dive on the frequency of Tipeeg tenders on the market of late and one wonders if it can be attributed to the realisation of the inefficiency and non-implementation of these tenders.
In June, approximately 10 Tipeeg tenders were awarded, at least showing some progress on the much criticised project.
Most of the tenders that were awarded were mainly for the construction sector and these were for the ministries of Education and Environment. The list includes the construction of the communication centre for the National Institute for Special Education, which was awarded to W.M Bruwer Construction; construction of a Namibia Qualifications Authority house, which was awarded to Art Constructions/Rouwans Investment JV; construction of the new primary school at Okahao awarded to WDL Building/Uukumwe Construction JV; construction of the Ongwediva Junior Secondary School at Ongwediva awarded to WDL Building/Uukumwe Construction JV; construction of the new Oshikunde Senior Secondary School awarded to Nexus Building Construction; construction of an elephant and predator-proof fence at Etosha National Park: Phase 2 – sections D and E, awarded to D-Square Trading and Kambwa Trading; rehabilitation of the sewage plant, the sewer and water reticulation systems at Daan Viljoen Game Park, awarded to Construct Solutions. The most recent tender award was for the construction of a senior secondary school at Oshana Region Phase 3, which again was awarded to WDL Building/Uukumwe Construction JV.
WDL Building Consultants / Uukumwe Construction JV enjoy a tremendous share of Tipeeg tender awards. Will the merging companies’ not struggle and cause unnecessary questions when they do not meet the deadlines and will Tipeeg be put under scrutiny again?
Another Tipeeg tender of the Katwitwi Business Park: Phase 3 Tipeeg Project, Code 4173 - for the construction of warehouses and site services for the Ministry of Trade and Industry - finally got awarded. This particular tender had been re-issued a couple of times where the bids were totally dominated by the Chinese presence. It was awarded to Juling Construction. Originally, it was supposed to have closed on 26 November 2011 but only the technical proposals were put forward in February after which assessments and awarding took approximately four months.
Despite being criticised, Tipeeg has managed to award a better part of its tenders, especially those from the Ministry of Education since the beginning of this year. What remains a mammoth task is the delivery of the projects and whether or not the companies that have won the tenders will manage the tasks at hand. Although successful, the awarding of the Tipeeg projects raises questions as to whether or not deadlines and implementation of targets will be met.