The Botswana Housing Cooperation (BHC) housing development project in Kasane-Kazungula is expected to address the long standing shortage of accommodation in the area.
This was revealed by transport and public works minister Eric Molale at the ground breaking event for the project in Kazungula this week, who further said the project follows a housing demand survey which revealed a shortage of accommodation for public servants and those from the corporate world in Kasane and Kazungula respectively.
The project, ‘Unzovu Estates’ comprises of 176 mixed standalone houses and 36 apartments and is expected to cost over P117 million.
The project will commence this month and expected to be completed in August 2024 while construction of the 36 apartments is also expected to commence this month and end in January 2025.
According to Molale, as part of the infrastructure development, the corporation will also undertake construction of internal roads, storm water drainage and water reticulation.
Molale stressed that the project will create employment opportunities, help impact knowledge and further aid in skills transfer to the locals in the construction sector, with an estimated 143 employment opportunities are expected to be created through the project.
He urged the BHC technical team and all the contractors to ensure that the project is delivered on time and within budget.
“As a ministry we are concerned about the poor project implementation which has resulted in poor quality projects, cost overruns and protracted litigation. My ministry has considered other options as a way to address this challenge to all projects including infrastructure ones,’ he said.
For his part, Chobe MP Machana Shamukuni said the project marked a historic moment for the district as the last housing development was done 10 years ago at Plateau ward in Kasane. He noted that the project stands for the development of Kazungula village and the architectural designs that will make their village unique with modern housing designs that symbolises the area as centre of tourism.
Shamukuni said the project will also address shortage of accommodation in general and also create the much needed jobs for the community and indirectly for food vendors and suppliers, transporters, quarry operators and others in the construction value chain.
Meanwhile BHC Board Chairman Moemedi Gabana explained that the adopted name for the project, ‘Unzovu’ is a Sesubiya name for an elephant. He said that it is well know that Chobe is home to one of largest herds of elephants, hence the name suggested resonates well with the majestic creature, which is very common in the locality.