The Ghanzi North constituency recently received 17 houses under the Self Helping Housing Agency/Botswana Housing Cooperation (SHHA/BHC) programme.
The Ghanzi North constituency is one of the first districts to benefit from the combined turn-key project.
The programme was conceived through a Presidential Directive, Cab 20 (B)/2010, which pronounced that all Government housing implementation programmes be transferred to BHC to operate as the Government’s Single Housing Authority (SiHA).
As the Single Housing Authority, BHC has been charged with the implementation and delivery of all housing projects for the Government.
At the handover, the BHC Chief Executive Officer, Reginald Motswaiso said he was pleased that the BHC had managed to complete the 17 houses within the 6 months they had intended to, and as they had promised during the ground breaking last year August.
Motswaiso expressed that the handover was a demonstration of BHC’s commitment and promise made last year to deliver complete houses to beneficiaries within a short period of time.
Officiating at the handing over, Minister of Lands and Housing Prince Maele commended BHC for their productivity in implementing the turn key project.
“Government gave BHC the mandate as a single housing authority and awarded them the SHAA projects in short notice, but despite that, they demonstrated productivity in this loaded project,” the minister applauded.
Maele said the handing over was a milestone precisely because the Ghanzi North project is the first ever where BHC had completed the 17 houses per constituency on budget and on time.
The minister further explained that the turn key project was in line with the Botswana National Housing Strategy which recognizes housing as a basic need and a prerequisite for national socio-economic development
BHC has to date completed and handed over 276 SHHA turnkey houses to beneficiaries throughout the country while several others are at various stages of completion.
President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has identified at least 12 cabinet ministers who form part of his long-term plans owing to their loyalty and tenacity in delivering his vision. Masisi, who will see-off his term in 2028 — provided he wins re-election in 2024 — already knows key people who will help him govern until the end of his term, WeekendPost has learnt.
Despite negative criticism towards ministers from some quarters over a number of decisions and their somewhat cold deliberations and failure to articulate government programs, Masisi is said to be a number one cheer leader of his cabinet. He is said to have more confidence in his cabinet and believes going forward they will reach the aspired levels and silence the critics.
The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.
WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?
Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.
Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed. This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.
In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’ The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.