THE Ongwediva Town council has set aside a budget of N$1 million for its 2020/21 financial year for the rehabilitation of the town’s tennis courts that are currently in a depleted state.
The tennis club houses four sports codes, including netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis.
However, no activities have taking place at the sports hub due to the sorry state of the facilities.
Ongwediva spokesperson, Jackson Muma, announced that phase one renovations for the facility will kick off today, with a completion date four months from now.
Muma noted that council previously budgeted N$600 000 for the renovation of the courts, but that the tender had to be reviewed as bidders quoted too high for the first stage alone.
He indicated that the N$409 000 tender was awarded to Shipindo Works for work on the floor, lights and trimming of the trees in the first phase.
“The facility was renovated sometimes back, but the users didn’t manage it properly,” he said.
Muma noted that once the facility is renovated, the residents of the town will have accesses to sporting facility which they currently lack.
Muma further noted that council has also put aside a budgeted of N$2 million for the construction of the town’s own state-of-arts sporting complex.
“The sporting complex is expected to host all sporting codes in one place,” said Muma.
Ongwediva is currently the only town in the Oshan Region without its own sports facility in the region.