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BHC changes Palapye landscape.

Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) has been commended for constructing 99 houses in Palapye.

The commendation came from Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Mr Vincent Seretse during the launch of the houses recently.

Minister Seretse revealed that a further 107 houses were still under construction and would be completed soon.

He said the 196 houses would go a long way in addressing accommodation challenges in the village.

Mr Seretse said demand for accommodation in Palapye remained high due to the village's strategic location.

Palapye, he noted, was one of the fastest growing villages in Botswana as evidenced by the number of commercial developments, such as malls, along the A1 Highway.

He said BHC was simply responding to demand and in the process changing both the outlook and landscape of the village.

In addition, the project created employment for locals and people from surrounding villages.

The minister said government was compelled to maximise the use of limited land resources by building multi-residential units to accommodate more people.

He said through BHC, government was currently undertaking housing projects around the country including 100 units at Tati Siding, 18 in Tonota, another 150 units in Palapye and 26 in Jwaneng.

Mr Seretse said BHC was also finalising construction of 264 flats at Tsholofelo in Gaborone while 50 houses were recently launched in Tutume.

He said the projects were awarded to local contractors as a way of empowering citizen-owned companies.

BHC chief executive officer, Mr Reginald Motswaiso said the parastatal currently had 258 plots in Palapye, which included the 99 houses.

The 99 houses were constructed by Image Civil Engineering at a contract sum of P79.1 million and commenced in March 2018 on a contractual period of one and half years.

He said the houses comprised 10 type 58sqm, 30 type 60 sqm, 25 type 70sqm, 24 type 75sqm and 10 type 82sqm, all with modern fittings to suit customer needs.

Mr Motswaiso revealed that 239 jobs were created, 210 of them for youth.

He said the corporation was in discussions with businesses and government departments to purchase the units.

The project was also meant to give first time buyers an opportunity to invest in the Palapye Extension 7 neighbourhood, he said.

Giving a vote of thanks, Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Mr Moiseraele Goya also commended BHC for constructing houses in the village, which he said was experiencing rapid growth and development.

He said his wish was to see Palapye develop into an industrial city.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
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Date:Sep 10, 2019
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