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Various leaders in the Ghanzi Administrative area have voiced pleasure at the successful handing over of 206 housing built in their area by Botswana Housing Corporation for public officers.
First to take to the podium and break the ice on the project was Kgosi Rogers Lekgothu who praised BHC for making such a huge attempt at eliminating lack of accommodation in the Ghanzi Township.“this has and will continue attracting public officers to come and work in the area,” Kgosi Lekgothu remarked further encouraging BHC to come up with affordable units for to meet the needs of the locals who are more than willing to buy houses.
For his part, the area Member of Parliament, Noah Salakae also expressed happiness and gratitude at the nature of the development, saying it is worthy of all the appreciation. Salakae said though the project took long to hand over post production, his desire was to see the houses quickly allocated to the deserving officers.
“This will be good, so that we don’t end up with frustrated officers,” said Salakae who also hinted that the housing project also resembles many of his childhood aspirations of seeing how cities come into being.The MP went on to encourage BHC to continue working with the local communities in trying to also create employment opportunities.One of the key corporate customers, Ministry of Health had also sent representation to accept units on their behalf.
Giving acceptance remarks on behalf of the Ministry, a Senior Manager Ms Dikeledi Phefo said BHC has assisted them in continued efforts of finding ways to improve conditions of service for its employees. “Today’s milestone is bound to change morale of Ghanzi staff, not forgetting the landscape,” said Phefo who further expressed hope that the effect of receiving 48 housing units should trickle down to members of the community as well.
When giving the keynote address, the BHC CEO, Mr. Reginald Motswaiso said the government of Botswana has resorted to employing a number of strategies to tackle shortage of accommodation, some of which include POHI, YOUTH HOUSING, INSTALMENT PURCHASE SCHEME, SHHA and DISTRICT HOUSING.
“We work with communities around us, and strive to avail shelter to both government employees and Batswana in general as we all know housing is a basic need pre-requisite for national socio-economic development.”
On other issues, Motswaiso highlighted challenges that bedeviled the completion of the project, amongst them, the rocky terrain on which the plot sits, the fact that the plot was subserviced and hence the absence of amenities that complement the development of a neighborhood. He concluded by saying it is encouraging when government departments purchase the BHC product saying, “I am greatly encouraged to build more houses because I know that the quality of men and women being posted in far places like Ghanzi will be well accommodated.”