Government sets aside P45 million to refurbish Orapa House

The Projects | ICT Infrastructure

  • The building will be transformed into a digital hub

Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development will commence the refurbishment of Orapa House following its acquisition from De Beers, and make it available for government’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) acceleration agenda.

Last year, the Government announced that the iconic Orapa House will be transformed into a world-class ICT hub. Orapa House, Gaborone’s first skyscraper, was previously used by the De Beers Group as Botswana Diamond Sorting and Valuing Company home, before the company transformed into Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB), and relocated to Gaborone Diamond Park in Block 8.

Government through the Office of the President acquired the building from De Beers for just over P79 million in 2012. The overall vision is for the building to be transformed into a hub for digital technology, research, and development which will be open to operation on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development has received bids from contractors for different works in a multi-faceted project that will refurbish the iconic building and ready it for digital glory.

The works include amongst others; building and electrical works, refurbishment, and maintenance of the main building, workshop, and ablution block, gate house, parking area, grounds, and access control and security service.

The digitisation work will include provision of laboratories, work stations, production areas and seminar rooms; audiovisual centre, high-speed internet connectivity, exhibition areas and offices. The pre tender estimate for the project by the Ministry is around P44 million.

Fact Sheet

Pre-tender estimated value:  BWP 44 million

Client: Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development

Project Status: Tender Adjudication

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