Considerable progress is being made towards upgrading the physical infrastructure at two existing Vocational Training Centres and constructing a new centre in the Omaheke region.
Following a public procurement process for alterations and new additions to the Rundu Vocational Training Centre, the Jiangsu Zhengtai firm was awarded the tender with a contract value of N$ 35.9 million. The scope of the RVTC project involves alterations to existing buildings and the construction of new buildings, including a dining room, a new kitchen, a new welding workshop, external works including roadworks and stormwater and soil drainage reticulations
The NTA anticipates the project to be completed within 15 months. The construction site was officially handed over to the contractors in March this year and it is expected that work will be completed by June next year.
A similar expansion project has also started at the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre in Ohangwena. Phase one of this project involves alterations to existing buildings and the construction of a new administration building, a bulk storeroom, classrooms and external works, including water and sewer reticulations and electrical and mechanical installations. The contractor for the N$22,7 million project is ID Building Contractors. The 12-month project is expected to be completed by April 2015.
A third project is the construction of a new Vocational Training Centre at Gobabis. The NTA’s Manager: Capital Projects, Gad Kangueehi says the construction of a centre at Gobabis was in line with the NTA’s Expansion Plan. “We want to bring training opportunities to Namibians in all parts of the country. Very soon, the people of Omaheke will have a centre where they can receive training in vocational and technical areas”.
The NTA plans to stage groundbreaking ceremonies for each of the three projects soon.
HANDING OVER THE RVTC CONSTRUCTION SITE:
Back fltr: L. April (RVTC Trainer); P. Christaine (Emcon – Electrical Engineer); S. Jarmann (R. Frankle & Partners – QS) ; E.Siedentopf (ESAD – Architect) ; M.Zimny (SCE- Structural Engineer) Front fltr: S.Chen and J. Fan (Jiangsu Zhengtai – Contractor). G.Kangueehi (NTA) ; E.Tjandja (RVTC Head), R. Haingura (RVTC Trainer – Plumbing & Pipefitting)