The Botswana Builders and Construction Expo which started on Friday and ended on Sunday, was meant to empower local companies within the sector to influence consumer trends. The expo, which was officially opened by the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Dikagiso Mokotedi, brought together exhibitors from general building, home improvement, electrical and lighting, landscape services and related businesses.
When giving welcome remarks, PPC Cement Managing Director, Werner de Beer, said many companies within the industry have closed shop due to lack of support from construction companies who prefer to procure their materials from outside the country and hence suffering cash flow. PPC was the official sponsor of the Expo. In response Mokotedi said since construction was one of the areas targeted by the Economic Stimulus Package, there would be improvement in this regard where businesses are closing for lack of business.
Held under the theme, ‘Sustainable development’, the Expo offered exhibitors opportunities to introduce new products into the local market while obtaining first hand customer feedback on existing products and improving consumer trends. Likewise, it was also an opportunity for the consumer to appreciate, experience and compare products and services offered at the exhibition. PPC has on the day announced that it would run a competition for its customers which will see one of them win for themselves a modern house valued at the P4 million. The competition is a successor of the Number One builder competition previously offered by the cement company.
Mokotedi said the competition offered by PPC Cement showed commitment by the company, saying in most instances when the private sector gives back to the society, it is normally a small gesture. “For PPC to offer a house valued at such amount should be admired,” he said. Mokotedi said PPC Cement showed commitment to the private and public sector partnership.