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.
Cell City rewards customers
Cell City gave away two Toyota Hilux pick up cars worth about P300 000 and three Hisense televion sets worth P15 000 each to their customers through their annual competition.
In partnership with Hisense and Orange Botswana, Cell City conducts annual competitions to reward their customers and contribute to citizen empowerment. Handing over the cars on Friday, Cell City Chief Executive Officer, Brian White said through the competition they want to satisfy their customers and give back to the community. “Cell City and Orange clients were given a chance to win either a Toyota Hilux pickup or a Hisense television set.
All they had to do was purchase any Hisense mobile phone from a Cell City or Orange retail outlet and fill in the competition form in the store,” said White.Thato Ntshabele, who won one of the cars told the Business Trends that she bought a Hisense cell phone worth P900. 00.
“I never expected that I can win a car. I was just filling the forms and dropped into the entry box and I forgot about it. I am so happy to receive this prize and I thank Cell City for this opportunity,” said Ntshabele. Another winner, Dimakatso Mmusi expressed his excitement saying he had always wanted a van and he is grateful to Cell City.
“I just bought a cell phone worth P899.00 at Cell City Railpark mall, I never expected anything, and I was just submitting the form as I was requested by the shop assistants. This car is very useful to me,” said Dimakatso.
Smecha chillie hits the shelves
For the love of food and the passion to apply modern technology processes in food manufacturing locally, Kgalaletso Mothoagae established her own brand, Smecha specializing in relishes.
She processes and packages chillie in 325 gramms and 1 litre bottles selling at P50 and P150. She told the Business Trends that she decided to process chillies as it is one of the products that are rarely processed in the food industry.
She started cooking it for home consumption and later started selling to friends and currently the product has gone beyond borders at South African Spar shops and Restaurants. “I couldn’t look for any other vegetable as most of them have already been processed in the market. It is my first product of research in the food industry so I found out that I can do good business with this product. This chillie is free from preservatives but still has extended shelf life of 6 months,” said Mothoagae
The Kanye born young lady studied food technology and has the passion to explore the food processing market in Botswana and contribute to reduce the high food import bill. “I wanted to explore more about food and use my skills to contribute to the development of the local food processing and manufacturing industry. I also wanted to supplement my income at the same time,” said Mothoagae.
She has a degree in Food Technology. She says there is a lot of potential for business growth as there is a demand for the product locally and in South Africa. “My main customers are individuals in homes, they have embraced the product, and they love the taste. There is also a market that has been secured in SA; it is available in several shops like spars and some restaurants”. In future, Mothoagae said she would increase the product range to 10 using various vegetables and flavours.
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