November 3, 2016
BITRI Associate Researcher – Building Materials Science Mr Mothusi Mokgwa made a presentation on the KSBB Technology
BITRI, through the Building Materials Science Division, participated in the 2016 PPC Botswana@50 Builders & Construction Expo from Friday 28 – 30 October 2016 at Airport Junction. The Expo presents a platform for the local construction supplies and services industry, together with its associated businesses to showcase their offerings to the domestic market.
The focus of BITRIs’ participation in the Expo showcasing the KSBB Technology to entrepreneurs in the building & construction field as well as to network and interact with the local market in order to appreciate, recognise and identify its needs.
When delivering the Official Remarks, the Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, Tshenolo Mabeo applauded the organisers and recognised the role of the construction industry in the development of Botswana of the past fifty years.
“I cannot over emphasize the importance of the contribution the Botswana Construction Industry together with peers in the Building supplies and retail sector. This industry is very crucial to our economy because it contributes to job creation, housing, energy, infrastructure development, and even in social responsibility initiatives,” said Minster Mabeo.
Minister Mabeo further added that the Expo is crucial for the industry to expose their brands, current and future innovations to the market.
BITRI Associate Researcher – Building Materials Science Mr Mothusi Mokgwa made a presentation on the KSBB Technology to an audience of high ranking dignitaries and businesspersons. In the presentation, Mr Mokgwa highlighted that KSBB units combine affordability and fitness for purpose with respect to strength and durability as they are produced at point of use due to the Kgalagadi sand making up about 75% of Botswana’s topographical terrain. He made a point that the KSBB masonry units (blocks/bricks) meet Botswana Standards BOS 529-1: 2013 and BOS 529-2: 2013 and the use the abundant Kgalagadi sand and fly ash contributes towards value-addition to locally available resources.
A considerable number of visitors who were part of the targeted consumers and trade market attended the Expo to meet suppliers of building materials, construction equipment, tools, and housing fixtures visited the BITRI stall enquired about involvement in the KSBB value chain and some as end consumers of the products.