Schlettwein in breach of contract claim

Staff Writer

Greenteam Consultants (GC) has instituted legal proceedings against the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Calle Schlettwein for allegedly breaching an agreement they entered into in 2017.

Greenteam is claiming N$3 423 750 at a rate of 20 percent per year, including cost of suits for breaching an agreement to have the consultancy firm create an Integrated Regional Land Use Plan

for Omusati Region at a cost ofN$4 150 000. The consultancy wants Schlettwein to pay GCCC the total amount of funds as per the agreement and that he would invite and organise the logistics of stakeholder meetings and workshops in Windhoek and in the region in co-operation. But, the minister allegedly failed doing this.

According to the documents the company was paid 70 percent of the agreed amount due for the first phase of the project. The project was to be carried out in three phases.

The particulars of claim state that Schlettwein delayed and put the project on hold citing that there were new members in the GC team.

“The Defendant placed the project on hold verbally, citing that there were new members in the team of Plaintiff. The said verbal request was in breach of the agreement as it had not been done in writing. As a result of this request, in breach of the agreement a planned field trip to the region had to be cancelled.

“The Defendant also delayed the proiect by 15 months by providing late responses and approval of the reports submitted to it by the Plaintiff (not within 15 days as per the Terms of Reference). As a result of the delays and lack of response the parties entered into an addendum contract at the same terms and conditions,” Due to the alleged delay by Schlettwein, Greenteam demanded that the agreement between them be extended for another year and that that they be allowed to move to the next phase to complete the project in terms of the contract.

However, according to the documents, Schlettwein did not plan to continue working with GC, although he offered to pay 30 percent of the total amount payable for the inception phase of the project

By Observer