8 July 2018

Botswana: SPTC Gives Update On Development Projects

Selebi Phikwe — Selebi Phikwe Mayor Mr Molosiwa Molosiwa has applauded the town council for doing a good job in implementing the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP ) Phase Two) and Constituency Community Development Projects for 2016/17-2017/2018 financial years.

Mr Molosiwa said all the projects had been completed and handed over to the client.

Regarding ESP projects for 2017/2018, he said Selebi Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) undertook five ESP Phase Two projects at a total cost of P19.2 million .

He explained that the projects included one double classroom block at Botshabelo Primary School at a cost of P917 144, one toilet block at the same school to the tune of P627 880 and another double classroom and two toilet blocks at Phikwe Primary at a cost of P1.9 million .

He mentioned that another double classroom and one toilet block at Tlhabololo Primary School costing P1.5 million had been completed.

He said the construction of 12 teachers quarters at Mabothaphofu ward at a cost of P10.5 million had also been completed.

The mayor touched on primary school maintenance projects noting that SPTC under took six major maintenance projects to the tune of P5.4 million and all projects had been completed.

He said maintenance took place at Tebogo Primary School at a budget of P1.1 million , Rueben Mpabanga Primary School at P1.1 million as well as rehabilitation of underground water pipes in council houses at P263 773 and underground water pipes in schools at a cost of P299 720. He also said that the project to maintain 20 staff houses at a tune of P2 673 778 had been complete.

Regarding Constituency Community Development Projects (CCDP) 2017/2018, the mayor said the SPTC implemented 10 building projects amounting to P6.8 million.

He said all the projects were complete with only one project which was the installation of spectator seats and the Sam Sono Stadium still ongoing.

He said for Constituency Community Development Projects for the 2017/2018 financial year the district had 18 civil works projects amounting to P10. 2 million.

Out of the 18 project, 16 had been completed and two were still ongoing.

He said the works included rehabilitation of Mojamorago Bridge, construction of Thakadiawa storm water drainage, rehabilitation of roads and intersection junctions around the town.

Mr Molosiwa further noted that the SPTC also benefitted from the fuel levy fund and purchased plant equipment which included motor grader, steel drum roller, backhoe loader, tipper truck and a front end loader. He said the equipment would be utilised in the maintenance of roads pot holes among other projects.

He indicated that success in the implementation of the projects was due to the fact that SPTC has a team of proactive talented and qualified professional who executed their duties very well.

He also said political oversight that kept monitoring progress in projects and routine check-ups during implementation of projects had a positive impact.

However, he indicated that the SPTC experienced some challenges of supply of materials as some material had to be purchased outside Selebi Phikwe and it took some time for the material to arrive.

He said some local suppliers were failing to meet the demands of contractors engaged in projects leading to importation of building materials from outside Selebi Phikwe.

He also said some vulnerable groups' contractors such as youth, women and disabled were lagging behind especially when it came to financial management and general project management.

Further, he said failure by some contractors to honour their third party or sub-contractors agreements also led to some delays in completion of the projects.

For his part, the Town Clerk Mr Godimo Garegope said that in line with government's motive to resuscitate the local economy especially after the closure of BCL, local contractors were engaged in most of the projects in Selebi Phikwe.

He also mentioned that one of local companies that benefitted was made up of former BCL Mine employees who grouped themselves to form a company. He commended them noting that they did 'a splendid job.'

He also said all building materials were sourced from local retailers and only that which was not available locally was sourced outside the town.

Source : BOPA

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