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SHHA challenges threaten house delivery

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Botswana Housing Corporation has outlined challenges faced by its Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) turnkey project.

The project, which has, since been moved from the Councils to BHC three years ago, has now delivered about 796 houses to beneficiaries while 80 are at finishing stages and 33 are at various stages of completion.

In an interview with Business Trends last week, Corporate Communications Manager, Tebogo Mmokele said the SHHA Turnkey programme faces quite a number of challenges.

These include “abandonment of projects by some contractors before they are completed; challenges with access to materials by some contractors and some areas do not have suppliers, which contributes to delays; some plots are not ready for construction which also ends up delaying projects; limited involvement by beneficiaries during the construction of their houses and some fail to provide storage and water for construction, which delays the projects.

“He said that when the contractor abandons a project, the corporation appoints another one; adding that, “we however can take them to task or terminate depending on the circumstances.” Contractors are however paid upon completion of stages.

Mmokele indicated that BHC is committed to engaging all stakeholders such as beneficiaries, local authorities and contractors to deal with these challenges and ensure that projects are delivered accordingly as per the expectations of the government.

Asked about capacity, resources and timeous delivery, Mmokele noted that BHC is capacitated enough to run SHHA turnkey projects. “This is evidenced by some projects which were recently completed on time and on schedule in places such as the North East, Ghanzi, Maun and Moshupa/Manyana.

We are hopeful that more projects will be delivered on time in the future,” he added.

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SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

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The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

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‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

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