Estate Construction Botswana has scored numerous construction tenders in Botswana, Parliament has been told. Answering a question in Parliament from the MP for Gaborone North Haskins Nkaingwa, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Kenneth Mathambo said the company has won tenders valued at more than P1.2 billion. “The value of Government tenders currently held by Estate Construction Botswana in different Government ministries stands at a total cost of P1.209,994,640.00,” he revealed. According to Mathambo, in January 2013 the company was awarded the tender for the construction of the Molepolole Bus Terminal and associated work by Kweneng District Council. He said that the P155 million project was completed in December 2014. But information gathered by this publication has shown that by 2014 the project was far from completion. In 2015 local government and rural development assistant minister, Frans Van der Westhuizen expressed disappointment at the slow pace the project was moving and doubted that the project would be completed at the end of July as per the contractor’s promise. The project was only handed to Kweneng District Council in November last year not December 2014 as Minister Mathambo alluded to. The construction of the Molepolole bus rank has always attracted controversy from the onset. Corruption busters from Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) frequented the project, following allegations of cost escalation in procurement of construction material. These escalations, caused by unexplained delays in the project since commencement in 2012, resulted in variations that cost government millions of Pula.
Estate Construction – whose Director is Ogone Sebina – was recently awarded a P104 million tender for the construction of the Platjaan Bridge by Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry. The contract was signed in May this year, revealed Mathambo. In July this year, the Ministry of Transport and Communications awarded the company a tender for the resealing and road marking project for the Molepolole- Lephephe road section 1 at a total cost of P36 million. “Project implementation is expected to start any time from now,” said Mathambo. Another project from the Ministry of Transport and Communications awarded to the company was the Ramotswa Shoulder Sealing Road Project which was awarded in 2011 at a total cost of P25 million. In 2015 the company scored big with Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services as they were awarded tenders worth over P1 billion. In July 2015 they were awarded the Thune Dam Pipeline project at a total cost of P361 million. They commenced in August of the same year and should be completed in 2018, said Mathambo. In the same month, Estate Construction Botswana was awarded the tender for the Kanye Sanitation at a total cost of P707 million.