E3m tender for matsapha airport cameras
MBABANE - The Ministry of Public Works and Transport will soon issue out a tender worth at least E3 million for the installation of security surveillance cameras at the Matsapha International Airport.
Our investigations found that moves to acquire this neccessity are already at an advanced stage.
The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Paul Nkambule, confirmed this last week, and revealed that the installation of the cameras could cost more than E3 million.
Nkambule refused to commit himself when asked if the installation had anything to do with the heightened security at the airport following the arrival of the King’s jet last month as a gift from the country’s development partners.
He, instead, wondered how the information of the installation of the cameras had reached the Times.
Nkambule said the tendering process was not yet complete. "We are still trying to finalise certain logistics. Basically, we are waiting for the Tender Board to resume its duties," he said.
Government has already parted with millions of Emalangeni surveillance cameras at Sikhuphe Airport, which is still under construction. Nkambule was asked why government decided to embark on this project at a time when construction at Sikhuphe is nearing completion.
"In spite of the fact that Sikhuphe is about to be completed it should be noted that Matsapha International Airport is still functioning," he said.
The PS said it was imperative that the Matsapha airport be maintained to match international standards.
He said the airport was under the watchful eye of the international aviation body, which monitors the standards of airports and said security matters were crucial.
He said since security issues were very sensitive, the tender would be open to only a few companies to ensure confidentiality.
All along National airlines have parked there without any risks etc and now that the special gift has arrived the public must pay for survelliance cameras? Pathetic to say the least.
May 14, 2012, 1:51 PM, Sonono Mshengu (email@example.com)
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