Judges have announced winners of the fourth PPC Number 1 Builder Competition and crowned Botswana’s Number 1 Builder in a glitzy event graced and endorsed by Minister of Science and Infrastructural Development Jonnie Swartz.
“PPC’s Number 1 Builder competition has become a signature event that provides a blueprint for other industry players to emulate. By adhering to the best standards in the construction industry we will build world class cities that are an envy of the world.
This is what this competition represents, this is what we must commend,” says Swartz.
Just like the previous year PPC ran informative workshops countrywide in major construction sites in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun. Builders were encouraged to participate and taught about the criteria judges used to crown Botswana’s Number 1 Builder.
PPC Botswana’s Number 1 Builder Competition targets all builders big and small in two categories – Civil and Commercial, and the Building Construction.
It aims to showcase excellence in Botswana’s building industry.
By rewarding outstanding projects in the two categories and various projects, PPC is encouraging industry’s best practice and standards.
The competition’s panel of judges is mostly drawn from diverse backgrounds related to construction industry such as: architecture, civil engineering, quantity surveying and concrete technology.
They do not only boast a lot of expertise in industry but they bring unique thinking when reviewing various projects of the competition, and this is a critical aspect of the competition.
“The judging criterion includes safety practices on site, being on time and within budget, application, finishing and the overall aesthetic appeal of the finished project.
While excellent workmanship was an important component in this competition we wanted to highlight our commitment to safety in the industry. For PPC our employees are the most important part of our business and their safety is paramount.
By instilling this belief throughout Botswana we hope to make all construction sites as safe as our PPC sites,” said De Beer.
PPC Executive Group Service Pepe Meijer encouraged industry players.
“It is my honest and strong belief that a lot of companies represented here tonight can also benefit from striving for continuous improvement.
With the ‘quality imperative’ as a guiding principle, there no doubt in my mind that any company can reshape the way it approaches strategic and operational control by showing more commitment to quality,” he said.
PPC Cementwas established in 1882 as De Eerste Cement FabriekenBeperkt, and began operating in Botswana in 1996.
Their cement has formed part of the construction of major landmarks such as the new Ministry of Health, Diamond Technology Centre, Game City and Riverwalk malls.
The Number 1 Builder competition began in 2010 in an effort to promote excellence in the construction industry, demonstrate good corporate citizenry and to demonstrate the versatility of their cement.