Botswana: No Favouritism in ESP Jobs

| June 23, 2016

The minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Mr Nonofo Molefhi, says contractors will not be favoured based on locality when bidding for Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) jobs.

He explained this during a kgotla meeting in Kasane on June 20.

He said contractors were expected to be competitive in pricing and quality to compete with contractors from the rest of the country.

"This will be open to everyone irrespective of where they are based as long as they are citizens," he said.

Minister Molefhi added that they would soon be publicising the list of all ESP projects soon for all to see.

The minister was responding to a query from Kasane councillor, Mr Sharps Munihangu, who wanted an explanation as to why contractors who were not based in Chobe were being awarded ESP projects.

Meanwhile, the minister also notified residents that professions such as engineering, quantity surveyors and architects would be expected to register and be accredited in order to practice legally.

"In addition to that, we expect them to carry out annual renewal of their practicing certificates," he added.

In other matters, Mr Molefhi announced that his ministry was looking into ways of exploring and researching about indigenous herbs and he encouraged residents to bring forth their knowledge and ideas on how some of these could be used for curing ailments.

One of the residents, Mr Sangwana Sangwana said reeds could also be looked into and researched for their medicinal value.

Another resident complained of elephants destroying the vegetation that the ministry was looking into and asked that a measure be put in place to curb such.

The minister was in the district to share his ministry's mandate with residents.

Source: Botswana Daily News


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