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MIST WILL NOT ACCEPT LOBATSE STADIUM UNLESS IT IS SATISFIED ...
26/08/11

MIST WILL NOT ACCEPT LOBATSE STADIUM UNLESS IT IS SATISFIED WITH THE QUALITY OF THE WORK DONE….

The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Mr. Dikagiso Mokotedi says the Ministry will not accept the Lobatse Stadium Soccer pitch until it is satisfied that the job has been done accordingly. Speaking recently during Minister Johnie Swartz’s tour of the stadium, Mr. Mokotedi said the time had come for contractors doing government projects to perform according to established international standards and meet customer expectations.

The Lobatse Stadium which has cost 211 Million pula was officially opened a few months ago by visiting Malawian President Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika but was later found to have a poor drainage system in its soccer pitch. The contractor was thus required to re-do the job at its own cost. Part of the reason for the poor drainage was the poor mix of soil used in the pitch. The contractor is therefore remixing the soil to the required texture that would ease drainage of the pitch.

The Ministry has of late been tough with contractors who take time to finish government projects and those who do not deliver the desired quality. During his now frequent tours, the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Mr. Johnie Swartz always emphasize that government is now pushing for all those who do not do a good job to pay for their misdeeds. This also includes being recommended for delisting by the PPADB.

Other projects that the Minister alongside the Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Mokotedi and the Permanent Secretary Mr. Carter Morupisi visited in the same period include the Department of Geological Survey in Lobatse, the Institute of Health Sciences Staff Housing at Block 6 in Gaborone, the Mass Media Complex, the MTTC Hotel School and the Parliament Offices that are being refurbished. The Department of Geological Survey headquarters is progressing well and almost complete but the Minister was not happy with the few months that have elapsed past the original completion date. The same thing applies to the MTTC Hotel School and the Institute of Health Sciences Staff Housing at Block 6 in Gaborone which have passed their initial completion dates by over a year now. The Minister warned that at the end of all these projects, an assessment will be done to determine who contributed to the delay and recommendations would be made to the PPADB for future award of contracts in relation to non-performing companies.

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