The non permanent board of administrators of the state-owned Nationwide Fishing Company (Fishcor) has refuted claims that they’ve offered a freezer horse mackerel quota of 10 000 tonnes to Cavema fishing.
Fishcor chairperson Heinrich Mihe Gaomab II says the corporate is approaching totally different horse mackerel fishing corporations to take up quotas in alternate for using the 655 former Seaflower Pelagic Processing (SPP) staff.
“No supply has been made to any firm and no buy worth, however we’re busy all choices. This course of has not been concluded but, and we’re busy figuring out probably the most appropriate firm for the explanations acknowledged . . ,” he says.
Fishcor offered 4 000 tonnes of fish to Tunacor in December in alternate for the salaries of staff on four-month contracts.
The mentioned staff have been at residence, receiving a primary wage of N$2 500 per thirty days.
This contract ended final month.
Gaomab says Fishcor is approaching totally different corporations with worker sustenance, processing exercise and operational capability in thoughts.
“We would like the gainful and significant employment of our 655 employees who have been laid off by SPP. We can’t afford having employees at residence involuntarily and getting paid . . . We hope to conclude the method this week,” he says.
Fishcor terminated its three joint-venture agreements with SPP in September 2020.
This entails subscription and shareholder agreements which Fishcor, Seaflower and African Choice Fishing Namibia (Pty) Ltd (African Choice) entered into on 30 January 2017, and the quota-usage settlement entered into between Fishcor and Seaflower on 30 January 2017.
Fishcor was purportedly designated as an entity by way of Part 3(3) of the Marine Assets Act No 27 of 2000 by former minister of fisheries and marine sources Bernhard Esau and former Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi to utilise or harvest marine sources on the federal government’s behalf within the public curiosity as authorities goal quotas.
Fisheries minister Albert Kawana can’t clarify why the federal government continues to allocate horse mackerel quotas to Fishcor, whereas additionally it is auctioning off governmental goal horse mackerel quotas.
This operate was beforehand carried out by Fishcor.
“Please word that Fishcor resorts beneath the Ministry of Public Enterprises. What I’m conscious of is that Fishcor is actively searching for an enduring answer. It isn’t my intention to place folks on the road. I’m positive an enduring answer might be discovered,” Kawana says.
Kawana refuses to touch upon why the federal government can’t allocate quotas to SPP, which is at present the one firm with a processing facility and the capability accommodate the mentioned staff.
“Please learn that I don’t want to discuss SPP. I perceive the difficulty you raised is now a topic of litigation,” he says.
In the meantime, in an answering affidavit to the Excessive Court docket case that was filed by Fishcor in February, SPP accused the corporate of bridging its contractual obligations.
“We refer particularly to clauses 17, 18 and 51 of this reply. If Fishcor receives any horse mackerel quota, they’re contractually sure to offer the quota to SPP. Fishcor has failed to take action,” the affidavit states.
SPP additional claims the corporate has repeatedly tried to have interaction the Fishcor board by correspondence, the Ministery of Public Enterprises, its attorneys and counsel with out success.
Within the affidavit, SPP is of the opinion it’s being sabotaged by lively and constructive inaction by Fishcor’s board.