Universal Builders (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd and its subsidiary body Duma FM have
em-barked on a project, with the aim to improve the standards of the living
of the less fortunate Batswana and extend their helping hand in the
Government’s programme to eradicate poverty.
This housing project is also in line with the appeal of the Head of the State,
His Excellency President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama who has called
the private sectors to extend their helping-hand and in collaboration with the state agencies help the needy.
Being in the construction and property development enterprise, Universal Builders (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd ,
who from time to time has played its role in the nation building by providing roads
networking, building of schools, hospitals, police stations, and affordable habitats
for renting, has donated 10 houses to the needy. The beneficiaries of these houses were
identified with the assistance of social workers and other stakeholders such as the
Ministers, Councilors, and VDC (Village Development Committees)
Duma FM, a privately-owned radio station, is also involved in the process of
nation-building by providing its wide listeners with unique and open-minded,
holistic, global, intelligent and unbiased views and news of local and international
situations and sur-roundings. For Batswana to benefit from its programmes, to gain
knowledge and be up-to-date with the current affairs news. Duma FM made donations of
radio sets to members of the Tshikinyega community at Serowe.
The project for house number 1 to 10 started 1st December 2012, with the
help of Councilor Sol-omon Dikgang and the assistant from the MP of
Serowe North East Mr. Dintweng Gopolang who handed over the site.
The recipients of the donation of the houses and radios were chosen
by the councilor with the help of the VDC chairman of the aria of
Tshikinyega Gobopamodimo Garebaitse and social workers who both
gave him the list of names of people that need assis-tance. These
are destitute, people who cannot fend for themselves and rely on
the Government for help to get basic needs like food, clothing and
shelter and sending their children to school.
The houses built are 5.5m by 5.5m with strip foundation, double jointed
face brick wall 3m high, flat roofed with IBR iron sheets. The project
encountered few delays which included water shortage caused by the main-pipe
supply bursting due to the high pressure of the water. This took time to be fixed.
The whole area of Tshikinyega was without water while the pipe was being fixed.
Also heavy rain cause delay as continuity of the construction due to the muddy
situation movements was difficult. The project was complete 13th March.
With the assistance from Mr. Dintweng we were able to locate House number
11, 12 and 13. 11 is located at Moruleng ward, 12 is located at Ditimamodimo
ward and 13 is located at Rakgomo ward. The 3 houses were built in 2007. T
hese are 3 bed-roomed houses. All the residents of the 13 houses received radios each upon completion of the project.