Construction of the Tshesebe-Masunga road in Botswana is expected to resume after the road dispute is finalized.
Transport and Communications Minister Thulagano Segokgo told Bash Carriers that the original contractor has been terminated due to failure to meet contractual obligations and the new contractor is expected to start work in early August.
As part of the Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) projects, a government-funded road is expected to link the village of Tshesebe and Masunga via Mosojane. Construction began in early 2016 and was due to be completed within 18 months, but was stalled in 2018.
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Acquisition of aggregates
The project on takeover will see the upgrading of the existing gravel road from the gravel road to bituminous standards with associated geometric improvements. The 25 km road will start at the Tshesebe junction on the Francistown – Ramokgwebana A1 section, cross Mosojane and end at the junction with the Sebina – Zwenshambe tarmac road in the village of Masunga.
“Upon termination of the original contractor, the ministry also separated from the consultant to allow the legal process to take its case. The ministry is in consultation with the Ministry of Mines to facilitate the acquisition of aggregates for the gravel supply by the new contractor in order to eliminate delays once construction has started, ”said Mr. Segokgo.
Meanwhile, Mr Segokgo attributed the delays on other roads such as the Ramokgwebana-Mulambakwena road, which was supposed to have been completed, to budget constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is currently halfway.
“Due to COVID-19, there was a cement shortage across the country, which delayed many projects. Some minor projects such as the construction of culverts and re-engraving have been postponed. In addition, the heavy rains recorded in the North-East district during the last season have forced the contractors to suspend works in the area, ”said Mr. Segokgo.
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