PPC Botswana has announced its third annual Botswana’s No.1 Builder Competition.

PPC BOTSWANA GM: Werner De Beer

Unlike in the previous competitions, PPC has this year, invested in  countrywide workshops to take place in major construction sites in Gaborone on the 10th and 17th August 2012, in Maun on the 11th August 2012 and in Francistown on the 18th August 2012.

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, PPC is encouraging industry’s best practice and standards.

“Our partners, Tshipidi Badiri, AAB, ABCON and CRSG as representatives of major players in the construction industry, will bring their respective members to the workshops. Together we can capacitate the industry about safety, standards and trends. PPC will bring concrete technology experts, architects and many more to share their expertise as part of the education drive of Number 1 Builder Competition. This is a way of giving back to the community where we operate and draw our employees,” says Werner De Beer PPC Botswana General Manager.

The judging criterion includes quality of workmanship, safety practices on site, being on time and within budget, application, finishing and the overall aesthetic appeal of the finished project.  Prizes up for grabs include a Toyota bakkie, one ton of cement and a certificate of excellence in Building for the overall winner in the Civil and Commercial category with many consolation prizes, whilst for the Building Construction category in addition to the certificate of excellence in building the overall winner will take home a 7 ton Toyota truck and one ton of cement.

“The competition’s panel of judges is drawn from 4 of the key Botswana industry associations, namely AAB, ABCON, CRSG and Tshipidi Badiri. All of these associations are represented by individuals with diverse backgrounds ranging from Project management, architecture, civil engineering and quantity surveying. PPC also brings its wealth of experience to the table with Risk professionals and Concrete Technologists. They do not only boast a lot of expertise in the industry but they bring unique thinking when reviewing various projects of the competition, and this is a critical aspect of the competition,” explains de Beer.

While excellent workmanship is an important component in this competition PPC Botswana wants to highlight its commitment to safety in the industry. For PPC , its employees are the most important part of the business and their safety is paramount. By instilling this belief throughout Botswana the cement manufacturing company hopes to make all construction sites as safe as the PPC sites, locally and internationally,” said De Beer.
The construction industry in Botswana is helping this nation grow and we are pleased to be associated with PPC in this regard,” said Basiami, one of last year’s No.1 Builder judges from Tshipidi Badiri . “I look forward to seeing the next entrants and watching how these awards improves the quality of work in the industry.”
“We look forward to the Number 1 Builder Competition, it will run from August to October after which shortlisting will take place. The Award Ceremony is set for December  2012 where prizes such as a double cab Toyota Bakkie, Hino, and a ton of cement are up for grabs. We encourage everyone in the construction industry to participate. They can download  competition rules from our website www.ppc.co.bw,” concludes De Beer.

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