A WEEK after it was announced that Selcom Wireless Limited’s contract to provide e-tickets service at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam has expired, the government has invited new bidders to provide the service.
Recently, the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, said Selcom’s contract has expired and that the government was looking for a competent company, that will be capable to sell tickets even three months prior to the game Minister Mwakwembe requested other competitive companies to come forth and grab the opportunity.
“We want to have a competent company that will be capable to sell tickets even three months prior to the game. This will help to end forgery and other irregularities, which emerge during the sell of electronic tickets,” he said.
Mwakyembe insisted that the next company will be required to sell tick ets basing on seat numbers such that even if a person arrives late at the stadium, his or her seat will remain unoccupied.
And, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports on Thursday announced the tender for the provision of electronic ticketing at the National and Uhuru Stadia in Dar es Salaam.
Through an advert on the ‘Daily News’ appeared of Thursday, the ministry invited competitive companies to come forth to bid for the e-ticketing vending project for the two stadia.
According to the tender announcement, interested eligible service providers must pay a non –refundable 150,000/- and the successful Service Provider bidder will sign a two –year contract on renewable basis as per client and stakeholders satisfaction.
And the ministry has set October 26th this year, as the deadline for all interested service providers to submit their applications for the tender. The National Stadium, which has the capacity of 60,000 sited fans, has four gates namely A, B, C and D with 20 shut-up gates with revolving barriers electrically operated with a speed of two seconds pace.
The venue currently undergoing pitch upgrading work, which is expected to last for three months before it is given green light to host games.
The pitch hosted Everton FC versus Gor Mahia match on July 13th, this year and later Charity Shield encounter between Simba and Yanga on August 23rd, this year before being closed for renovation that basically aims at maintaining the standard of the stadium and improving the level of the pitch.
The installation of electronic ticketing system at the two venues will enhance security. The e-ticketing project was initially under the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL-Board) in conjunction with CRDB Bank, who won the tender to install the system at the National Stadium in the 2013/2014 league season.