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Nation’s best builder finalists announced in PPC Botswana’s inaugural competition

The public has a last chance to cast their votes in the first ever Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Botswana competition to find and crown Botswana’s number 1 builder.

The leading supplier of cement in Southern Africa is now asking the public to vote for its favourite finalists by sending an sms to 73456789. Voters stand a chance to win daily airtime prizes, with one voter winning a P50,000 (fifty thousand Pula) cash prize.

We have received a large number of nominations. From these, the judges have selected 10 finalists, four in the building construction category and six in the civil and commercial category,” said PPC Botswana General Manager and one of the competition judges, Werner de Beer.

The finalists in the building construction category are: 

•    Bashi Moruti Lesitaokana, residential housing in Jwaneng 
•    Abram Suwe, staff housing in Ramotswa 
•    ITJ Investments, residential property in Phakalane
•    KMP Construction, residential plot in Ramfurwa.

The finalists in the civil and commercial category are:

•    Rimu Enterprises, Bokamoso Private Hospital staff housing, Gaborone
•    Codi Construction, Eurostar Diamond Polishing Facility, Gaborone
•    Wharic Construction, Diamond Technology Park, Gaborone
•    P&A Associates, Shops and Office building, Francistown
•    China Civil Construction, Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital, Lobatse
•    Mosupi Bricks, Mmathethe Primary School.

“The large geographical spread of the competition finalists reflect the extent of building operations in Botswana and the 10 chosen are a good representation of the best in the nation,” Tshipidi Badiri representative and judge, Mr Basiami said.  

The other two judges are Steve Crosswell, PPC Technical Support Manager and Nic Janse van Rensburg from the Botswana construction industry body, ABCON. “The competition, launched by PPC Botswana in February 2010, has given the Botswana nation a chance to voice their opinion and recognise builders who have shown excellence in construction,” continued Mr de Beer.

“Safety consciousness, quality of workmanship, timelines and budget as well as the overall appearance of the final product were the key criteria used by the judges to compile the list of finalists.” said de Beer.

A Toyota double cab bakkie and one ton of PPC cement will be awarded to the winner in the Civil and Commercial Construction category. The winner of the Building Construction category will receive a seven ton Toyota truck and one ton of PPC cement.
The runners up in both categories will each be awarded 15,000 BWP and a PPC hamper. The third prize winners will each be awarded 10,000 BWP and a PPC hamper. All competition winners will receive certificates of excellence in building endorsed by ABCON and Tshipidi Badiri. 

The Botswana Government’s current national development plan contains significant and exciting infrastructural projects, which includes power stations, university, schools, airports, dams, roads and the like.  These projects, although more suited for big construction companies, do have spin-off projects that align themselves nicely to the capacity of the medium and smaller contractors,” Mr de Beer said. “In view of the current construction climate we thought it was a good time to launch the competition and play our role in promoting excellence in building."

PPC Botswana (Pty) Ltd remains committed to the development of Botswana and has aligned itself to the 2016 vision of the country and through its continuous supply of quality cement, in a sustainable manner, as has been the case over the last four decades,” added de Beer

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