Revival of the construction industry

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 02 December 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
One of the construction sites in Gaborone One of the construction sites in Gaborone

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST) has faced challenges of poor workmanship and failure to perform by the service providers. However, this could well be a thing of the past as the ministry is looking at reviving Botswana’s construction sector.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi said the ministry has forged ahead with the development of contractor’s registration bill for the establishment of the proposed Construction Industry Authority Botswana (CIAB). The bill is currently at draft stage.

“The objective of CIAB will be to implement an integrated strategy for the reconstruction, growth and development of the construction industry in Botswana,” explained Molefhi, adding that the consultation processes on the bill have been concluded. The bill is expected to be complete and ready for presentation during the July 2016 parliament sitting.
Molefhi is hopeful that the bill and other interventions they have put in place will continue to help the construction industry grow. He pointed that the interventions will help do away will shoddy works and delays in project completion that results in cost overruns. The minister said the ministry will continue to terminate contracts with contractors whose performance warrant for such. This is done to safeguard public interest, he said.