NWR expects resort renovations completed by January

• By Erasmus Shalihaxwe

THE Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) begun refurbishing it aging infrastructure in September this year after it availed N$ 16 million for the exercise and renovations are expected to be completed by the end of January 2023.

In an interview with Confidente this week, NWR Corporate Communications Manager, Nelson Ashipala, said NWR was currently renovating a total of six resorts around the country namely Onkoshi, Okaukuejo, Halali, Waterberg, Ai Ais and Sossus Dune Lodge.

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He however, could not revealing how much has been spent on the renovations so far stating reconciliation had not be conducted yet.

“What I can say however is that, we are almost done with renovations, we expect this exercise to bring added value which will result in business growth. We are optimistic and hope that tourism grows at a faster rate because of ‘revenge tourism’ as most people are looking to travel after the lockdown.

We are already seeing an uptick in car rental and companies are having to accommodate a big number of self-drive services and this shows things are and will continue to get better,” Ashipala said.

Meanwhile NWR reached wage negotiation agreement with Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) for the 2022 to 2023 financial year.

The two institutions agreed that the basic salaries for employees in the bargaining unit, Patterson Job Grades A-D be increased with employees at the Grade A getting an increment of 13 percent while those in the Grade B will get a 7 percent increment, Grade C 4.

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6 percent and those in Grade D will have a 2.

5 percent increment.