Even though the management is still cagey with information, The Voice can confirm that a relocation which will cost over P5 million began this month.
A confidential memo which was circulated amongst staff members which this publication is in possession of states, “The Projects manager for the relocation project is working with heads of department to agree the relocation schedule.”
On the other hand, the University shall pay a housing allowance to all employees, excluding the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor at 20% of basic salary with effect from 1 August.
The Voice further established that rentals for the existing University owned houses on campus shall be at market price and are set for the time being at P4 000 for a three bed roomed houses and P 3 000 for the two bed roomed houses.
“Rentals for 2 BHC houses in Palapye Extension 4 shall be at prevailing rentals charged by BHC.
The Director of Physical Planning and campus facilities will establish the rentals for these two houses and share information with staff.”
The Voice can confirm that employees will be allocated accommodation at hotels for a week before getting accommodation within Palapye.
The University is expected to spend over one million pula in temporary accommodation in hotels and lodges.
An employee who has to find accommodation in and around Palapye will be given up to two weeks hotel or lodge accommodation.
“An employee eligible for self relocation will be paid a once off relocation allowance at the rate of P15, 500 per employee.
There will be no other relocation assistance from the University.
I urge you to prepare yourselves for the relocation process,” said the Vice Chancellor in a memo.
Contacted for a comment on the matter, BIUST spokesperson Pelontle Kebaswele could only say the issue of cost is not just about relocating to Palapye, but it is about BIUST commissioning its new campus and preparing it for functional effectiveness.
“As you are aware, the relocation to Palapye means that the new campus is being commissioned for the first time since completion of its construction.
Therefore a lot of new installations of both equipment and furnisher must be done.
This is the first time that the University will be occupying its own property.
This campus is our home and Head Quarters.
So we are going to see a lot of installations and procurement of equipments and items that a University of an international status must have in order to effectively execute its mandate,” he said.