NWR writes off N$1.6m for undelivered boat

11 October 2019 | Tourism

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has written off as bad debt N$1.6 million that had been paid to a Rundu-based manufacturer for a boat that was never delivered.

The boat was procured from a company called Rundu Welding & Construction.

NWR spokesperson Mufaro Nesongano says the write-off was in line with the state-owned hospitality company's internal financial practices. Legal processes are being explored to recover the funds, the company hastened to say.

“We need to put it on record that NWR, in anticipation of the reopening of the revamped Popa Falls in November 2013, ordered three boats from this supplier, of which two were successfully delivered and ready for use on the reopening day,” Nesongano told Namibian Sun.

“The third boat was to be delivered after the reopening day of the revamped Popa Falls. It was therefore unfortunate that the supplier's business experienced some significant difficulties during the period they were to deliver the last boat,” he added.

The camp, which is situated on the banks of the Kavango River, was closed for renovation in March 2013 and was re-opened in November the same year.

Anton van Schalkwyk, owner of Rundu Welding & Construction, yesterday said he could not recall the details of the dispute but insisted NWR also had to pay an outstanding sum of money.

“I was married at the time, so I have to hear from my ex-wife what the details were at the time. We built two boats and delivered them and also finished another one, but I cannot remember what happened then,” he said.

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JEMIMA BEUKES