Kasane Mini-Stadium Project Contract Faces Termination

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  • This as project remains stalled at 63% of completion

The contract for the Kasane mini stadium project faces termination as it remains stalled at 63% of its completion. The slow progress of the project has left the Chobe District Council without an option, but to inform the contractor of its intention to terminate the contract.

This was revealed by Chobe District Council Chairman Chimney Mululwani during a full council meeting in Kasane last week.

Mululwani said currently the only significant progress at the site has been the completion of the construction of the sub 17 base and base layers, adding that efforts have been made to engage the contractor and facilitate completion of the project but there is still unsatisfactory progress at the site.

The completion date of the project which began on August of 2022 and scheduled to be carried out over a period of eight months was supposed to be on the 12th of May 2023, but was later revised to November 6th, 2023, which has also not been met.

“Unfortunately, the situation we find ourselves in with regard to the project points towards termination of the contract and Council has moved to notice the Contractor (for the last time) on its intention to terminate. The final termination notice was issued on the 10th May 2024,’’he said.

However, Mululwani has noted that the Chobe District has been allocated funds for the Phase 2 development of the Kasane Mini Stadium which entails construction of ablution blocks, a mini stand, kiosks, change rooms, guardroom/ticket booth and the boundary fencing.

Mululwani stated that the designs for the proposed components are in progress and were anticipated to be completed by end of May 2024, where after the procurement process for the construction works will be initiated.

The stadium was initially awarded to a citizen owned company Smart Worx PTY LTD at a contract sum of P5,732,420.00 (Five million, seven hundred and thirty-two thousand four hundred and twenty pula only) that was allocated to cover both the design and construction phase.

The project was reportedly meant to deliver a high quality facility for leisure and community activity, ensuring a healthy population, community engagement and providing opportunities for the personal development of young people in line with reset Agenda to rebuild the sustainability and further to vision 2036 pillar 1 of sustainable economic development and pillar 2 of human social development.

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