CONTRACTOR: Tuwana MD Lawrence Nasha

Reality check as ceilings cave in at Oodi College

From the outside appearance, the new Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT) is an epitome of sheer structural elegance, but inside, the institution harbours shoddy infrastructural defects.

As the countdown to the official opening slated for May this year fast approaches, the school’s infrastructural safety and readiness remain in doubt.

Last week Friday the institution’s woes continued after a cooling system at the administration block broke and spilled chlorine on the ceiling and floor, causing damage worth over P200 000. Security guards had to be called at night to assist some of the Chinese contractors to move furniture and remove the red liquid that had flooded the ground floor.

The situation has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the accounting department at the Ministry of Education and skills Development who seem to have cost the government coffers by dishing out cheques to consultants without effectively keeping a close eye on the progress of the multi-million Pula project.

DAMAGED: The ceiling

The state of the art college that is located at Oodi village was initially intended to open for the first intake of students in September last year before it was moved to January this year and then to May due to continued poor graphic readiness. With the opening day fast approaching, indications are that the date is likely to be postponed to a later date and talk is that it may be moved to October.

Accusing fingers have been pointed to the main contractor, Tuwana  Construction who have been blamed for the seemingly poor quality infrastructure. This week the company’s Managing Director, Lawrence Nasha distanced the company from the blame insisting that sub-contractors were to blame for the shoddy job. “This is a huge project and it must be understood that as the main contractor we sub-contract certain aspects of the project to other companies and it’s not fair that all the blame has to be heaped on us. For example, the initial delay was due to the setting up of the Black Water treatment plant. It took consultants close to 15 months to decide if it was necessary to order the equipment from the Middle East.”

The other major delay at the college was the cabling for the IT and Multimedia equipment that were to enable the networking of support programmes as well as communication with the outside world.

“We had sub-contracted one of the local companies and when inspectors came to assess the project they realized that the cabling was sub-standard. We sub-contracted another company which has so far done a great job,” Nasha said.

DAMAGE CONTROL: Tuwana employees cleaning the rubble

On January 28, Uttum Corea the Director General of the National Strategy office at the Office of the President visited the college on a routine ground monitoring exercise and he expressed displeasure at the state of the swimming pool that, he said, needed the services of a resident maintenance officer. He also expressed displeasure at the state of the tennis, volleyball and netball courts that he said were substandard as they held water during rainy seasons.

“The consultants recommended a South African company to undertake play grounds and if anything they should be the ones to blame. Tuwana has been in the country for more than 13 years and has dealt with major projects and it’s only in certain fields that subcontractors seem to take a ride on us and we get the blame,” Nasha said.

Meanwhile shortage of qualified staff remains the biggest challenge for the institution that will be providing certificate and diploma courses in applied arts and information technology.

But OCAAT Principal, Mildred Boduwe remains optimistic that the college will eventually achieve its objectives. She, however, would not be drawn into commenting on the infrastructural problems of the college, but admitted that the delay was a concern.

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cheerful

Hello someone should take RESPONSIBILITY and organise a walk about for all who have been involved in the construction to ascertain that everything is in good working order.

another issue that springs to my mind is that there should be a clause in the contract that mentions that if there are issues to the way the building was constructed it is the responsibility of of someone to oversee that these DEFECTS are carried out NO USE FINGER POINTING NOT PROFESSIONAL!!!!!

cheerful

P.S.remember you have to create the right IMAGE for this institution because definitely you will take your guests around the institution as you ARE THE HOST!!! DO NOT SWEEP THINGS UNDER THE CARPET THEY Will sooncome back!!!

cheerful

There is a paragraph indicating where a local company was sub-contracted and it was realised that the cabling was SUB STANDARD i am asking myself IF THE MONEY WAS PAID TO THE LOCAL CONTRACTOR AND IF IT CAN BE REFUNDED DUE TO POOR QUALITY OF WORK- WHAT A WASTE OF FINANCE PAYING A CONTRACTOR FOR SHODDY WORKAND THEN AGAIN PAYING ANOTHER CONTRACTOR TO RECTIFY THE ERROR DOESNOT MAKE SENSE

cheerful

ITS ALL ABOUT delivering GOOD SERVICE AND WHETHER THE SERVICE IS VALUE FOR MONEY U ALL KNOW WHAT YOU COULD DO WITH THE WASTED MONEY EDUCATE POOR CHILDREN THAT ARE NOT GOING TO SCHOOL

cheerful

I AM PICKING UP ALOT OF HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES IN THIS ARTICLE!! AS USUAL WELL DONE TO THE REPORTER

cheerful

I am also asking myself if people shop around for the right price, the good service,good material, etc. if they look at more than one company etc.

lololo

Many projects tsa TUWANA are leaves a lot to be desired, bathong tsenyang dilo tsa machaena leitlho go a latlhellwa. Mr Nasha and your Chinese, what are you doing to us? waisting our resources, but why?

cheerful

I am also asking myself if there is TEAM WORK TEAM SPIRIT!!!going on!!!!

RIGHT NOW THE PROBLEM AS TO BE RESOLVED TO RECTIFY THE MISTAKES:-

but I think the right Dept would be the Ministry of Education to ORGANISE THE WALKABOUT , Invite ALL WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION from the Consultants, Heads of Construction, and include a representative from OP, Principal etc. so that everyone can go back to their respective offices knowing what will be done. They should also be sent a list of all the Defects that will be corrected!!!!!

cheerful

I have a good giggle at the Corsages that are dished out at these events !!! Some Florist must be making a fortune. Corsages are for events like weddings!!

cheerful

P.s. and also WHEN THE DEFECTS HAVE BEEN RECTIFIED perhaps HAVE ANOTHER INSPECTION INVOLVING THE SAME GROUP OF PEOPLE SO THAT EVERYONE CAN GO BACK SATISFIED THAT THE GRAND OPENING WILL BE A SUCCESS!!!!!

cheerful

Omy Goodness i have alot of ideas running in my head for the grand day but i shall watch this space and see what happens!!!

cheerful

SOME ONE SOME WHERE IS NOT PUTTING ON THEIR THINKING CAP!!! IT IS EASY PEASY LIKE FALLING OUT OF YOUR BED!!!

tutu

Also to note is that it is very easy to know who is to blame in most of these projects.
Rre Nasha ene buwa dilo disele, unless he wants to deliberately confuse people. As the main contractor all the works are his responsibility irregardless of whether they were done by subcontractors or not. He gets paid to oversee them. If its a design issue, then he can start blaming others.

tutu

Rre Nasha a recommendations is just a recommendation. Fa o ne o sa kgotsofalele kompone eo, ke eng o ne o sa e gane? mxxm

cheerful

Paragraph 9 mentions that “Uttum Corea the Director General of the National Strategy office at the Office of the President visited the college on a routine ground monitoring exercise and he expressed displeasure at the state of the swimming pool that, he said, needed the services of a resident maintenance officer. He also expressed displeasure at the state of the tennis, volleyball and netball courts that he said were substandard as they held water during rainy seasons.” THIS WAS ON 28 JANUARY- i am wondering if a letter was done to this effect and copied to all concerned. Sometimes this… Read more »

cheerful

The issue of blowing the VUVUZELA that the company has been around for some years is IRRELEVANT!!!!. Anything can go wrong in a company from the time of its inception up to date

cheerful

If the sub contractors are doing a shoddy job someone should HAVE RAISED THE ALARM. IF THIS WAS ME I WOULD BE FINDING ALL AVENUES TO GET SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO ME UNTIL I EVEN END UP TO THE VERY VERY TOP!!!

baxeta

CHEERFUL, RE HE SEBAKA LE RONA, RE KGONE GOLATLHELA TLHWARE LEGONYANA, AO!!!

cheerful

If the Very Very Top does not Listen i would SEND ALL THESE SUBCONTRACTORS DOING SHODDY WORK ON THEIR BYCYCLES AND TRY AND FIND A WAY OF GETTING THEM TO REFUND THE MONIES PAID TO THEM TO SEND A MSGE TO THEM THAT SHODDY WORK IS NOT TOLERATED

Maddie

……new laws of sub-contracting and the main contractor becomes helpless and blamed….. SAD.
Should put up the names of these sub-contractors in papers and should not be used again. Black list them. Give opportunity to new sub contractors…..
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Done once paid again to another to finish the JOB…..15 months for the consultants to make a decision. Then blame the main guys and raise your hands…… I have a typical experience at hand at the moment, so I understand…..

cheerful

WELL DONE MADDIE!!!
I WAS JUST ABOUT TO MENTION THIS OPTION!! GREAT MINDS THINK A LIKE AS THE SAYING GOES!!! I was going to mention the other option as getting the role of Consumer Organisations on board and YES BLACK LIST BUSINESSES OFFERING POOR SERVICE AND POOR QUALITY PRODUCTS!!! THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLES FACES DROP!!!!!!!! THEY WILL NOT BE SMILING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANKS!!!!

cheerful

I bet some people are HAVING SOME SLEEPLESS NIGHTS!!!!!!

cheerful

IT WILL TEACH THEM NOT TO TAKE SHORT CUTS ONE WILL BE SUPRISED HOW MANY BUSINESSES OUT THERE DO IT!!!!

cheerful

I bet you during the 15 MONTHS THE SO CALLED CONSULTANTS HAVE BEEN CHARGING FOR EVERY PIECE OF PAPER AND SIGNATURE,MILEAGE, TELEPHONE CALL ETC.(PROBABLY ADDING ON ITEMS TO THE LIST THAT THEY HAVE NEVER DONE!!!) AND JUST HAPPILY HAND IT OVER TO THE DEPT THAT IS WRITING OUT THE CHEQUES,. I AM WONDERING IF SOME ONE IS TALLYING ALL THIS UP!!!!

cheerful

“The consultants recommended a South African company to undertake play ground” I am asking myself WAS IT NECESSARY TO GET A COMPANY OUT OF THE COUNTRY (IF THE SERVICE WAS UNAVAILABE IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THE PROJECT IS TAKING PLACE ) Sometimes the danger is ALL ABOUT “CONNECTIONS”!!!

cheerful

WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY 15 MARCH EVERY YEAR LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE MISSED IT- DIARISE THIS FOR NEXT YEAR !!!!!

cheerful

Maddie my advice to you is take photographs of all the SHODDY WORK being carried out at your place and take them along to your Local Consumer Office and get some advice THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE EVIDENCE OF THE SHODDY WORK I AM ASKING MYSELF WHY THE RESPRESENTATIVE DID NOT DO THAT ON THE 28 JANUARY WHERE HE EXPRESSED DISPLEASURE AT THE STATE OF THE SWIMMING POOL, TENNIS COURT AND VOLLEYBALL COURT. IF THERE IS STILL TIME ALL THOSE CONCERNED WHO HAVE ISSUES WITH THE CONTRACTORS TAKE THE PHOTOGRAPHS AS THESE CAN BE EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT WORK WAS NOT UP… Read more »

cheerful

i am asking a question again that if IT WAS SEEN THAT THE CONSULTANTS WERE TAKING TOO TOO LONG – DID ANYONE ALERT ANYONE? THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE NAME OF THE CONSULTANTS OR THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY!!! DID ANYONE COMPLAIN THAT THERE WERE TAKING 15 MONTHS? QUESTIONS SHOULD BE RAISED BY THOSE WHO ARE FORKING OUT. ONE DOES NOT GO TO A TREE AND PICK MONEY FROM IT . IF SOMEONE TAKES MORE THAN A MONTH TO COMMUNICATE BACK TO ME ON A MATTER I GET SUSPICIOUS AND I START ASKING QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT IS CAUSING THE… Read more »

Chris M

The government has never been serious about this! If we had serious leadership that never tolerated bullsh*t we wouldn’t have any of this! There should be serious consequences for failing to honor contracts on time and to the original specifications! Had that been the case, we wouldn’t be singing this sad song all the time. When these contractors place bids, they claim to have the ability to do the job! They should blo*dy do it then! No excuses! Subcontracting does not absolve the main contractor of the responsibility either! It’s costly, unacceptable rubbish this! Batswana owned companies are equally bad!… Read more »

cheerful

There does not seem to be a comment from the Department handing out the cheques (very strange) there is seems to be no worry from them in the world. They seem just happy putting their signatures on cheques that are going FOR SHODDY WORK Unfortunately someone has to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. It is considered WASTE and be WARY of Accountants (this is from personal experience (they are gifted in moving figures around!!) This accountant i knew moved money around for sometime as we were questioning the the poor quality of products until eventually the items were just given away)

cheerful

An introduction of a Small Claims Court would benefit consumers being given SHODDY SERVICE

cheerful

I bet these contractors are on the OFFICIAL GUEST LIST and be brushing shoulders with the top (!!!!) and will be putting on a brave face!!!! I hope they get left out of the speech where everyone is thanked for their hard work i would not want to thank anyone like this giving SHODDY SERVICE

BIG G

tota ke eng fa o le a contractor,o bo o latlhelela tiro.IS A CONTRACTOR A MOTSWANA?if yes, um not suprised,o tla o utlwa ba lela ba re gov is givin contracts to foreigners whereas them as batswan there are doing a poor job,le thlabisa dithong

cheerful

It is not ABOUT WHO YOU ARE IT IS ABOUT CARRYING OUT WORK IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER AND DELIVERING GOOD SERVICE. IF ONE DELIVERS SHODDY SERVICE, THIS CAN BE CARRIED OUT BY WORD OF MOUTH BY CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE “YOUR SERVICE” YES EVERYONE WANTS VALUE FOR THEIR MONEY IN THIS DAY AND AGE WE HEAR OF THINGS LIKE “RECESSION, CUTTING BACK ETC. THE DOWNFALL IS SOME COMPANIES DO NOT DELIVER WHAT THEY PROMISE THEY GOAL IS TO MAKE ALOT OF MONEY OH MY GOODNESS THEY WILL ADVERTISE AND SELL THEMSELVES TELLING CUSTOMERS THEY CAN DO THIS AND THAT, WHEN… Read more »

cheerful

LIKE I HAVE MENTIONED ABOVE IF I WAS HAVING TO DEAL WITH THESE CONTRACTORS GIVING SHODDY SERVICE OH MY GOODNESS THEY WOULD BE ON THEIR BICYCLES SIMPLE AS THAT AND I WOULD MAKE IT KNOWN TO THEM

cheerful

This is an example of shoddy service and how a customer reacted_

This incident happened in China

” A LAMBORGHINI is wrecked by a mallet wielding mob-paid to destroy it by the cars DISGRUNTLED OWNER.

A millionaire Entrepreneur was PROTESTING AT HIS LOCAL DEALERS AFTER THE GARLLARDO’S ENGINE PACKED UP WITHIN A MONTH. THE GARAGE FAILED TO FIX THE FAULT AND DAMAGED THE BUMPER AND CHASSIS AFTER ARGUING WITH THE BOSSES. THE OWNER PAID PEOPLE TO WRECK THE CAR TO DRAW ATTENTION TO HIS GRIEVANCES!

cheerful

This is a multi-million project how wonder how much the lowest paid worker is taking home?? Because another factor in a company is if there is lack of motivation in the work force it can portray itself in the form of Shoddy service