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Minister Swartz tours ongoing construction project
20/06/11
Minister Swartz tours ongoing construction project

The Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Hon. Johnie Swartz has toured some construction projects that his ministry is currently engaged in. These projects include the construction of the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, the construction of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Gaborone and the construction of the new Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences. The Minister also toured Molepolole College of Education and the Mass Media Complex, which are some of the institutions that have been identified to require some extensive maintenance. During the two day tour that were conducted on Friday 10 June 2011 and Monday 13 June 2011, the Minister emphasized government’s desire to have all projects finished in schedule and on budget. He said Batswana were no longer interested in getting stories about projects that take too long to complete and in the process, overshooting their initial budgets.

At the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, the Minister was informed that the project was progressing well though the contractor was almost three months behind schedule. The contractor however promised to make up for the time lost so that the project is delivered by end of the year as expected.
At the High Court and Court of Appeal, Minister Swartz was pleased to notice that the project was progressing quite well. It was only a few days behind schedule, with the contractor as well promising to make up for the lost time. This 374 million pula project started in 2009 and is scheduled to end on November 2011.

The new Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences is almost complete. Its 99.8% complete with only a few things needing attention there and there as identified by the Department of Building and Engineering Services inspection team. This was a 254 million pula project. The client, being the Ministry of Health will be handed the building in a matter of weeks.

As for the Molepolole College of Education and the Mass Media Complex in Gaborone, it was evident that both require extensive maintenance, more especially the Mass Media Complex. Both require maintenance especially in the roofs as the roofs have become dilapidated and are leaking. MCE’s maintenance cost is estimated to be around 17 million pula. The Minister has requested the DBES team to do an inspection of the Mass Media Complex maintenance requirements and report to him on what needs to be done and how much that may cost. This is because there seems to be more that needs to be done.

In addition to the regular briefs that he gets from his Ministry officials, Minister Swartz has made it a duty to always pay visits to on-going projects and other areas that may need maintenance.

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