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Budget cuts into road projects

Thu, 13 April 2017 22:59
by Kelvin Chiringa
Business

The 20% budget cut from Roads Authority (RA) from the 2107 / 18 financial year budget, will affect the capital projects the Cooperate Communication manager of RA, Hileni Fillemon told The Villager.

According the Fillemon, private contractors under RA are still not paid and payments are still due as RA plans to involve the line Ministry. “We will not be able to implement all the projects at the pace as initially planned. It means, we will have to put new projects on hold and further reduce production levels and align the outputs on on-going projects to fit them within the allocated budget,” Fillemon said. She added that the RA would like to use the allocated funds optimally by reallocating and reprioritising resources to projects which are critical.

The Villager understands that RA is currently busy with ten major capital projects namely Windhoek, Okahandja road upgrade to a dual carriageway Section 4b; Section 3 from Brakwater to Döbra River has been completed; Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport road upgrade to a dual carriageway which is the first Phase 1; Swakopmund to Henties Bay and Uis to Kaman jab road upgrade Phase; Walvis Bay to Swakopmund road upgrade to a dual carriageway (Behind the Dunes) Phase 1;Grootfontein to Okamatapati road upgrade; Gobabis to Aminuis and Aranos road Minister of Mines Obeth Kandjoze Budget cuts into road projects upgrade (Phase 1); Oranjemund to Rosh Pinah road upgrade; Oshakati to Omungwelume and Ongenga road upgrade; Onhuno to Endola and Okatana road upgrade; Namalubi to Isize and Luhonono, Schuckmannsburg road upgrade. The RA contacted contracted 10 main contractors for on-going projects who have in turn contracted varicose Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to carry out various types of work The Villager learnt.

Capital projects that will be completed in this financial year are, Grootfontein to Okamata road upgrade; Gobabis to Aminuis and Aranos road upgrade phase one; Oranjemund to Rosh Pinah road; Oshakati to Omungwelume and Ongenga road upgrade and Onhuno to Endola and Okatana road upgrading respectively. “We anticipate most of the projects to be completed not later than August this year, this will enable us to dedicate all efforts and resources on full implementation of the remaining projects,” Fillemon said.

Last year The Villager reported that RA has spent about N$7.5 billion on road construction to complete most of its projects in the past 5 years. The RA’s performance indicates a slight improvement from the previous years. The RA targets to cover 170 kilometres of bitumen roads, 200 kilometres of gravel roads, rehabilitate 20 kilometres of roads, gravelling 425 kilometres and resealing 300 kilometres of roads in the second target year from April 2016 to March 2017