06 Sep 2019
As part of its on-going efforts to empower Batswana with homeownership opportunities, Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) launched its Palapye 99 Housing Development Project last Friday.
Located along the A1 Highway in Palapye’s Extension 7 location, the project has 99 units, comprising of both low and medium income houses. The houses, which ranges in size from 58 sqm to 82 sqm and come complete with modern fittings, are available for sale to qualifying Batswana and citizen owned companies. 
Giving an overview of the project, BHC CEO Reginald Motswaiso revealed it took 72 weeks to complete at a cost of P79.1 million.
“We are addressing the accommodation shortage for both individuals, corporate and Government departments, “he stated, adding BHC intend to construct a further 107 units in the same location. “The Corporation has had to put up infrastructure such as water, electricity, storm water drainage including internal roads for easy access to this newly developed estate,” Motswaiso continued.
The BHC CEO further announced the project created 239 jobs for the local community, with the contractor, Image Civil Engineering, mainly engaging Palapye residents. Officially launching the houses, the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Vincent T. Seretse, described the initiative as ‘timely’, noting it would help ease Palapye’s increasing demand for accommodation. Labeling Palapye ‘one of the fastest growing villages in Botswana’, Seretse said, 
“We must recognise and welcome that housing development at a scale is a highly productive economic activity, naturally generating direct employment. “We are reminded every day that housing is a basic need and a prerequisite for national socio-economic development. It promotes dignity and improves quality of life!” Praising the corporation for its efforts, the Minister revealed BHC is currently undertaking a number of exciting projects across the country, including building 100 houses 18 in Tonota and 26 in Jwaneng.