Botswana Housing Corporation

Botswana Housing Corporation is a parastatal under the Ministry of Lands & Housing.  The Corporation was established by an Act of Parliament (CAP 74.03) of 1971.  In brief, the Corporation’s mandate as outlined under section 14 of the BHC Act is as follows:-

a)    To provide for  the housing, office and other building needs of the government and local authorities;

b)    To provide for and to assist and to make arrangements for other persons to meet the requirements of paragraph (a).

c)    To undertake and carry-out and to make arrangements for other persons to undertake and carry-out building schemes in Botswana.

MANDATE OF BHC

Explicit mandate

The Corporation’s Explicit mandate is outlined under section 14 of the BHC Act :-

a)    To provide for the housing, office and other building needs of the government and local authorities;

b)    To provide for and to assist and to make arrangements for other persons to meet       the requirements of paragraph (a).

c)    To undertake and carry-out and to make arrangements for other persons to       Undertake and carry-out building schemes in Botswana.

Execution of the Explicit Mandate

This covers provision of housing to the general population through a variety of initiatives and structures such as:

  • Government housing pool;
  • Sales of houses  to government and its agencies;
  • Provision of project management services
  • Undertaking housing projects for government departments such as the BDF, BURS etc.

Implicit mandate

The Corporation’s Implicit mandate is expressed through Government Policy pronouncements; Directives; Economic/business imperatives; Public  & other social considerations.

Effective from 1st April 2012, the Corporation’s mandate has been expanded in accordance with Presidential Directive Cab 20 (B)/2010. The directive pronounced that all Government housing implementation programmes be transferred to BHC to operate as Government’s Single Housing Authority (SiHA). In compliance with the directive, BHC is as from 1st April 2012 responsible for the construction of turnkey SHHA projects as well as District Housing and other housing programmes pronounced by government from time to time such as the Public Housing Initiative and Youth Housing Initiative.

Execution of Implicit Mandate

In executing the Implicit mandate, the Corporation has to raise money through the market to sustain itself. For instance, 1990’s, government announced cessation of PDSF loans to parastatals. This meant that BHC had to do the following:

  • Raise money from financial markets;
  • Diversification of income stream
  • Reduced dependence on government

Mission

“To provide affordable housing to the nation through appropriate solutions”

Vision

“To be the choice provider of housing solutions in Botswana”

Corporate Values

Botho

  • Restoring dignity through the provision of affordable housing and other corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Excellence

  • Serving with distinction.

Innovation

  • Constantly delivering innovative solutions.

Transparency

  • Operating in an honest and accountable manner.

Teamwork

  • Pulling together for a common purpose.
Products and Services: 

Products (houses for sale and houses for rent)

Houses for sale

  • The Corporation offers outright sale of housing units and financing facilities through the Tenant Purchase Scheme and Step Ownership Scheme. Both schemes were suspended for some time. The Tenant Purchase Scheme  has been re-introduced  and is expected  to be in motion by August this year following finalization of the Corporation’s Loans  Management System and approval of interest rate by the Ministry. So far 14 422 houses have been sold to Batswana.

Houses for rent

  • So far 10 662 have been rented out (leased) to Batswana.

BHC Services

  • The Corporation provides maintenance services and professional services. BHC has expertise in the following areas:  Architecture, Civil and Structural Services,Quantity Surveying, Building Inspectorate through its External Projects Department. BHC also provides Project Management services before construction (pre-contract) and during construction (post-contract) for third parties such as Botswana Police, BURS  and Botswana Defence Force. In this arrangement BHC charges fees for the services. 

Financing

  • The Corporation is committed to driving its financial sustainability. The Corporation proactively manages its finances in a bid to maximise its revenue and cost optimisation. Since cessation of PDSF loans to parastatals in 1990, the Corporation raises   money from financial markets through Bonds and other means. It does not draw subversion funds from government. Hence, reduced dependence on government for funding.
Email: 
Telephone: 
+267 3605100
Fax: 
+267 3952070
Postal Address: 
P.O. Box 412 Gaborone, Botswana
Physical Address: 
Plot Number 4773 Corner Mmaraka & Station Roads
Town or City: 
Gaborone