Botswana: Government Saves P3 Million On Charleshill Revenue Office Project

Charles Hill — The Charleshill revenue office project has been delivered without any cost overruns instead government has made savings, Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development Mr Mmusi Kgafela has said.

"The project was awarded at over 48 million, but was done at over 45 million, so we have made great savings," he said when handing over the project to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on October 22.

Mr Kgafela also said the quality of works was satisfactory despite delays in the completion of the project.

He said the project marked an important milestone in infrastructure development and reflected government's commitment to achieve high-income economy status by 2036.

Describing the successful delivery of the project as a good example of projects his ministry had executed in the recent past, Minister Kgafela called on other contractors to learn from it.

"In the past, government projects were delivered late and in some instances with cost overruns. I do not wish to miss an opportunity to encourage contractors to up their game.

Without compromising the COVID-19 protocols, we urge all contractors doing government projects to adjust their working schedules such that they are still able to complete projects on time with the stipulated quality," said the minister.

Earlier, project coordinator- infrastructure planning, Ms Tshepo Kebakile had explained that the project, undertaken by Sharps Construction Company, commenced in May 2018 with an expected completion date of July 2019.

It was delayed by almost a year due to inter alia, the delay in appointing a mechanical sub-contractor and ultimately COVID-19 pandemic with its lockdowns.

She described the workmanship as top notch, fitting for a 21st century office facility.

The facility comprises an office block, pump and generator houses, staff houses, access road and other external works.

A Ministry of Finance and Economic Development representative, Mr Bakang Motlhake stated that the state of the art office would not only ensure a conducive environment for both staff and clients but had brought desirable development to the village as well as significantly improved its outlook.

Expressing gratitude for the project, area MP Mr Motsamai Motsamai however said if the proposed railway line to Namibia passed through Charleshill, the village would have achieved a major infrastructural feat.

He appealed to government to consider building a vocational training center in the village explaining that land for such a facility was available.

Source : BOPA

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