Van Der Westhuizen Applauds SPTC

| May 28, 2015

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Fans Van Der Westhuizen has applauded the Selebi Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) leadership for doing “a good job” in the implementation of backlog eradication projects.

He applauded the SPTC leadership while on tour of primary school backlog eradication projects in the mining town noting that some of the projects were progressing well and would soon be handed over to the client while others had been completed and handed over.

He explained that he was happy that two toilet blocks each comprising eight cubicles were constructed at Boitshoko and Boitumelo primary schools to the tune of P894 000 and were completed within budget and on time.

Furthermore, he noted that the backlog eradication project, which entailed construction of 24 teachers’ houses to the tune of P15.9 million is 91 per cent complete. The project was expected to be complete by July this year.

Mr Van Der Westhuizen also toured the ‘Distance’ area where he was informed that some of the houses in the area were not connected to sewerage network due to some technical problems experienced. However the matter is being looked into.

He raised concern that water drainage project that was done in the Mekoro area which he visited was not satisfactory in that culverts were small and could not handle water capacity during rainy season which might cause flooding.

The legislator, who is also MP for Kgalagadi South went on to call on construction companies to do their best when given assignments to uphold the integrity of the construction industry. He said construction companies should always pursue their objectives in budget and stipulated time frames to avoid cost escalation.

He said they should always produce quality work at all times.

He called on other local authorities to benchmark from the SPTC as the backlog eradication projects were taking place accordingly which showed that the leadership of the town was monitoring projects accordingly.

On other issues, he said that some projects had to be shelved due to the economic recession that impacted negatively on the country’s coffers some years back adding the backlog eradication projects are a way in which government is implementing the project that were left behind. However, he explained that projects would be prioritised.

Meanwhile, the SPTC chief architecture and building services officer, Mr Olebile Mafala indicated that the project to construct the 24 houses for primary school teachers was awarded to Giant Building Construction to the tune of P15.9 million.

He said the projects comprises of six units of flats each with four two bedroomed houses, floor tiles and two air conditioners to be installed. He also indicated that the project was progressing well.

He said the construction project started last year in May and was due for completion this year May. He said however, the contractor experienced a few hiccups due to late technical survey of the area where the project is being implemented.

However, he noted that the problem was resolved. He explained that that was why the project completion date was extended to July.

For his part, SPTC town clerk Mr Poloko Mojalemotho stated that the primary education backlog eradication programme was in pursuit of the objectives of the Revised National Policy on Education of 1994.

He stated that the SPTC continues to provide educational facilities to 11 primary schools in Selebi Phikwe and more projects are earmarked to take place in other schools in the mining town.

Mr Mojalemotho said for the financial year 201516 funds amounting to P12.5 million have been approved for provision of 13 teachers’ quarters and two blocks of toilets for Segomotso Primary School.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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