Hockey Olympic qualifiers in doubt


The Ministry of Public Works is yet to finalise the tender process for the refurbishment of Khumalo Hockey Stadium despite the facility hosting the 2012 London Olympics qualifiers in August.

Ministry of Public Works secretary Joseph Mhakayakora yesterday told NewsDay Sport that the refurbishment has not started because they have not sealed the tender process yet.

“The refurbishment of Khumalo Hockey Stadium has not started because the tender process has not been finished. As soon as we are through we will start,” said Mhakayakora.

He said they had been an overwhelming response from tenders, but said they had invited a European company, which then set conditions they were not happy with. Mhakayakora was not at liberty to divulge the name of the European company.

“We received quite an overwhelming response. When we invited a European company to sign the tender to start implementation, the company started dilly-dallying for more than two months saying they wanted money to be paid up front,” he said.

Mhakayakora said the same company has however said they are still interested in refurbishing the stadium.

“The company says they are still interested in the tender. They have written to us agreeing to our conditions. We have sent a letter to the Tender Board requesting that we go ahead with them, then the company can sign the contract,” he said.

The Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture allocated $1 million each for Khumalo and Magamba stadiums in Harare for refurbishments.

“Everything is under control. There is no need to panic. We should not be under pressure so that we do not make any wrong decisions,” he said.