Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) has completed and delivered a total of 432 out of 909 SHHA turnkey houses in various constituencies in the country since being given the mandate in 2012.
This is according to the corporation Public Relations Officer Gomolemo Zimona. The remaining 460 houses will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries before end of August this year.
Zimona says the latest projects to be delivered are in Moshupa/ Manyana Constituency, which included 20 houses.
“In the Moshupa/ Manyana Constituency, The Corporation was engaged to construct 21 houses and out of this number, 20 houses are complete and ready for handover and the remaining ones will be completed by June 30, 2015.”
He also said that in the Moshupa Sub District BHC was engaged to construct 30 houses, of which 25 are complete and ready for hand over whilst the remaining 5 are at advanced stages. He said he expects them to be completed by June 30, 2015.
In the entire Southern District, Zimona said that BHC was engaged to construct 102 houses and most of these houses are also at advanced stages and expected to be complete by end of July, 2015.
In other districts he said that some 13 houses were also handed over to beneficiaries in Serowe this month.
“It is however regrettable that some contractors that BHC engaged to undertake these projects did not perform accordingly which resulted in major delays to the delivery of some SHHA projects.”
Zimona says other challenges that the corporation is facing are undeveloped plots which hinders timely delivery of the projects and beneficiaries who fail to provide builders with water which sometimes leads to delays in starting projects. To resolve this matter, Zimona says that BHC has taken an initiative to provide water in some areas such as Pitseng and Sesung villages and many others to expedite delivery of these houses. He also said the Corporation also delivers materials at various sites as a way of fast tracking delivery of these houses.