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Land ministry assesses contracts.

Project Manager at the Ministry of Land Management Water and Sanitation Services, Mr Innocent Tyolo says they were still assessing whether or not and for how long to extend the contract period for Estate Construction Company, which is constructing sanitation schemes in Kanye.

The company was engaged on a four-year contract for the P707 million job in 2015.

Mr Tyolo said this when responding to a question from nominated councillor, Mr Gothataone Phologolo during a tour by Kanye Administrative Authority (KAA) councillors to appreciate the project's progress.

Mr Phologolo had wanted to know if there were provisions for an extension to allow the company to complete the job.

In response, Mr Tyolo said the company was expected to complete the project by the end of September, but had requested that the contract be extended by three years due to delays.

In his remarks, Wellfield Engineering in Association with PN Consultant environmental control officer, Mr Lucas Tshukudu indicated that they had experienced challenges including property assessments, compensation of stakeholders as well as rock drilling and blasting delays.

On the compensations aspect, he indicated that the process sometimes involved other stakeholders such as the land board, resulting in some sections of construction being temporarily halted.

He said there was also lack of cooperation from some members of the community, adding that it was sometimes difficult to trace plot owners, even with the assistance of the village leadership and the land board.

Mr Tshukudu said rock drilling and blasting was slow as they were forced to blast rocks within residential areas, which required them to exercise caution to avoid destroying people's homes.

'We have discovered that Kanye has an interesting geographical landscape, as it is overly covered with rocks that require drilling and blasting even within the community,' he said.

He noted that Estate Construction was awarded the contract after a competitive bidding process, adding, 'the project scope of work entailed the 360km of gravity sewerage reticulation, 10km of pumping mains, 60km of vacuum sewerage reticulation and approximately 5 000 plot connections for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional plots'.

Mr Tshukudu urged members of the community to cooperate with the company for ease of operation, instead of waiting for the government to intervene, which may lead to forceful acquisition for those not willing to pave way for construction.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:May 30, 2019
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