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Council cancels tender

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The Bulawayo City Council has cancelled a tender for a study on the viability of its commercial entities, Ingwebu Breweries and Farms and City of Kings Ventures, to give a chance to new boards it appointed to look into the operations of the local authority’s ailing ventures.
The manager for the city’s research and contract management unit, Priscilla Ikeogu, revealed to reporters at a recent monthly media briefing that the decision to cancel the contracts was made after a poor response to advertisements flighted.
“Council advertised a tender for companies or individuals to express interest in carrying out a study on the viability of the brewery, retail and farms in July 2010,’’ she said. “The response was poor. Council then decided to postpone the study pending the findings of the (new) board. The study may be commissioned at a later date if deemed necessary.”
Ikeogu explained that on May 18 2010, the local authority retired long-serving board members led by Israel Ndlovu at the Bulawayo Municipality Commercial Unit, the holding company for Ingwebu Breweries and Farms.
The three old members who were re-appointed later resigned thereby creating three additional vacancies in engineering, agriculture and general business management.
She said the local authority has since made appointments for the Ingwebu Breweries and Farms and City of Kings Business Ventures boards. City of Kings Business Ventures comprises the Mazwi, Umguza and Tshabalala game parks, Parks Nursery and the Caravan Park.
A business management and finance expert, Dumisani Sibanda, was appointed chairperson of the Ingwebu board while other local businesspeople Richard Mhlanga, Richard Ncube, Cosmas Sikosana, Jeoffrey Nkomo, Titus Ncube and an agricultural expert, Maximillian Nyathi, form the rest of the board.
The chairperson of the City of Kings Ventures is Simon Spooner, an agriculture and business management expert with local business people and management experts, Peter Mkhwananzi, Cecilia Ndubiwa, Joel Ndlovu, Fidelis Mhlanga, Sizi Madonko and Ndabezinhle Dlodlo making up the rest of the board.
Ikeogu said the two boards were expected to solve problems facing the enterprises.

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