Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) on Friday handed over 10 completed housing units to one its clients, Botswana Prisons Service (BPS).
In a ceremony held at the Village prison, BHC’s hand over of the 10 houses follows another handover carried in August this year in Mahalapye for the same client.
The newly built houses will provide accommodation to senior prisons officials, including the commissioner and his deputies.
When officially handing over the house units to BPS, BHC CEO, Reginald Motswaiso, said improving the performance of the housing sector is a complex undertaking that requires many different, yet complimentary initiatives.
"It is in this regard that we consistently and confidently assist government institutions and the private sector on issues related to housing development and property management in general," said Motswaiso.
BHC partnership with BPS spans for a period of two years in which the corporation has undertaken a number of projects on behalf of BPS. Motswaiso said during that period, they have delivered a total of two blocks of flats for BPS staff in Gaborone at Village.
The project was followed by another similar one in Francistown which was also delivered in that two year period.
According to Motswaiso, the 10 houses were constructed at a cost of P1.1 million over 40 calendar weeks beginning June last year. Although acknowledging the quality of the work done, Motswaiso noted that the project experienced some challenges during construction period.
Challenges associated with issuance of a building permit by council due to encroachment and other requirements for a cadastral survey resulting from sub-division.
Commissioner of Prisons, Silas Setlalekgosi said the partnership with BHC is centrepiece of their reforms which among others seek to address issues of staff welfare, accommodation included. He said their intention is to build on the foundation that has been laid thus far to make their partnership with BHC fruitful one. He urged those who will be occupying the houses to take care of the houses, noting that the houses are government property therefore need to be taken care of.