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Walvis to outsource maintenance jobs

Cost-saving strategy
An express condition of this project is that the work must be reserved for businesses based and operated in Walvis Bay.
Leandrea Louw
The Walvis Bay municipality’s road and buildings control department has been requested to consider outsourcing some of its basic street maintenance functions.

Councillor Richard Hoaeb, the chairperson of the management committee, emphasised that this move is related to small and routine maintenance jobs.

“The alternative is to create a number of new positions for this purpose which would be very costly. The proposal was therefore that a pilot project be launched to outsource some of the routine small maintenance works to small medium enterprise’s (SMEs) owned and operated by permanent residents of the areas where the maintenance is needed”, he explained.

Local labour

Hoaeb said it will be a significant cost saving exercise for council to outsource some of its work to community-based SME’s, such as street sweeping activities, small repairs or replacements of interlocks, curb stones, traffic and road signs and even road markings and minor pothole repairs.

“It was thus recommended that as a trial run, provision be made in the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 operating budgets and in the next annual procurement plan for the appointment of five such SME contractors for a trial period of one year, to assist the council in these activities.”

An express condition of this project is that the bidding document must reflect the municipal council’s desire that the projects be reserved for businesses based and operated in the town.

“Preference should then be for SMEs owned and operated by permanent residents of the suburbs where the projects will be executed. In addition, with the current revision of the superstructure, the human resources division must be tasked to also look at the internal strengthening of the supervisory levels on band B and C in the structure through a restructuring process rather than the creation of new positions, with the objective to achieve the optimum productivity in service delivery by the staff of the municipality of Walvis Bay.”

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Namibian Sun 2022-12-04

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