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EFA RENOVATIONS BILL SHOOTS UP TO E5.5M

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MBABANE – An additional estimated E2 million is needed to complete Sigwaca House renovations.

Highly-placed sources have confided in this publication that the initial approved budget of E3.5 million was insufficient to carry out the projected refurbishment of the EFA headquarters based at the capital city.

“As earlier highlighted that it transpired that other needs for the renovations could not be met as the funds proved insufficient, in order to complete the refurbishment of the building, approximately an additional E2 million will be needed,” sources confided.

It was further established that due to the ongoing two-week partial lockdown, the EFA executive have yet to deliberate on the matter but pointers were to the effect that the facelift of the building would be completed after the next FIFA approved budget for the country.

aimed

“The normal practice is that if there are such projects that need more funding, the EFA will formally request from FIFA to channel funds aimed for another programme, which could not be carried out due to unforeseen circumstances, such as it has been the case with COVID-19,” said a source.

The sources made an example of funds allocated for the national team, Sihlangu, as it had been barely active this year, which then a request might be made to the world football mother body to channel such funds to other development programmes.

Another project which sources said was incomplete due to insufficiency of funds, was the revamp of the Lobamba Technical Centre, where pavers needed to be purchased and fitted as well as other renovations work on the interior of the building.

Meanwhile, EFA Marketing and Communications Officer Muzi Radebe had highlighted that they would not disclose the costs for the renovations as he claimed that was administrative and would be reported at an appropriate forum, which he said was the next Annual General Meeting (AGM).

upgrade

“We cannot deny the fact that renovations are taking place to upgrade the building as it is old and was now dilapidated. As you had seen, the renovations are also taking place at the premises of the building outside to address drainage issues,” he was quoted.

He added that they also had to fix the roofing as the building was old and water would leak during rainy days.

On completion of the renovations, Radebe said that part was technical and only the constructors were privy to that information and said what he knew was that they were carrying out phase one of the renovation process.

drainage

On the building premises outside, a drainage tunnel was being dug by the people hired for construction.

Inside the building, the old ceiling was removed and painting of the interior was done by other construction personnel working on the inside.

Floor tiles were at some parts of the building, downstairs especially, removed to be replaced with new ones among other renovation works.  



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