FRANCISTOWN: The much-anticipated Junior Secondary School at Gerald Estates will not meet the January deadline.
Addressing an ordinary full-council meeting yesterday, Francistown City Mayor, Sylvia Muzila, said a few factors have delayed the completion of the construction of the school. The construction of the school was halted a few months ago as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was not done but construction has since resumed.
“Progress is at 20% against the planned 58%. It was originally planned that the school would be completed on January 26, 2016 but now the time has been extended to June (2016),” the mayor said.
Construction of the school commenced late last year after it was realised that children from the location walk long distances to other schools in the city.
The school will cost approximately P118 million and the project also involves construction of staff houses for teachers.
However, Muzila did not provide further details relating to what delayed the construction of the staff houses.The school tender was awarded to a local company, L&M Super Builders, while another local construction firm, Seemise Seabelo Construction, is building the staff houses.
The mayor also said that the Francistown-Tonota road, which has cost the government more than P1 billion, would not be completed on schedule as it would be delivered in January 13, 2015 against the initial date of November this year.
“The road is at 90.6% against the planned 94.5 percent,” said Muzila, adding that the much-publicised Thapama Interchange popularly known as the ‘spaghetti’ road would be completed in nine-months time.