1.   Short title


   2.   Interpretation




Establishment, Constitution and Membership of Corporation and Board


   3.   Establishment of Corporation


   4.   Establishment of Board


   5.   Tenure of office of members


   6.   Disqualification of members


   7.   Payment of members




Meetings and Proceedings of the Board


   8.   Presiding officer


   9.   Meetings of the Board


   10.   Standing orders


   11.   Signing of documents


   12.   Committees




Officers, Employees and Agents of the Corporation


   13.   Appointment of officers and employees




Functions, Powers and Duties of the Corporation


   14.   Functions and powers


   15.   Powers to contract


   16.   Co-operation with authorities


   17.   Research and records


   18.   Power of Minister to give directions






   19.   Funds of the Corporation


   20.   Financial policy of the Corporation


   21.   Borrowing powers of Corporation


   22.   Investment


   23.   Vesting of property, etc.


   24.   Accounts and audit


   25.   Bad debts


   26.   Liability to pay tax, etc.




Entry upon, and Compulsory Acquisition of, Land


   27.   Entry upon land


   28.   Compulsory acquisition of land






   29.   Annual report


   30.   Power to call for information


   31.   Regulations


   32.   Service of notice


   33.   Protection from personal liability


   34.   Oath of secrecy



Act 75, 1970,
S.I. 9, 1971,
Act 24, 1972,
Act 5, 1973,
Act 7, 1977,
Act 5, 1994.

An Act to provide for the establishment of a Corporation to be known as the Botswana Housing Corporation for the provision of housing and to provide for matters incidental thereto and connected therewith.

[Date of Commencement: 5th February, 1971]

(ss 1-2)


1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Botswana Housing Corporation Act.


2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "Board" means the Botswana Housing Corporation Board established by section 4;

   "Chairman" means the person appointed by the Minister under section 4 to be the Chairman of the Board, or the person for the time being acting as the Chairman in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

   "Corporation" means the Botswana Housing Corporation established under section 3;

   "financial year" means the period of 12 months ending on the 31st March in each year;

   "Government housing undertakings" means works established and arrangements concluded by the Government for the purpose of providing housing in Botswana;

   "house" means a building designed or adapted for human habitation and includes the site thereof and the usual appurtenances, outbuildings, fences and permanent provision for lighting, water supply, drainage and sewerage;

   "housing estate" means a tract of land on which houses have been, or are being, or are about to be constructed in the carrying out of a single project;

   "housing scheme" means a proposal for the construction of several houses, whether or not the proposal includes the acquisition of land for such houses or the laying out, replanning, sub-division and development of the land for building sites, which proposal may include such proposals for the provision of roads, drains, sewers, other public services, open spaces and other improvements as may conveniently subserve such proposal;

   "member" means a member of the Board appointed by the Minister in accordance with section 4.

Establishment, Constitution and Membership of Corporation and Board (ss 3-7)


3.   Establishment of Corporation

   There is hereby established a body to be known as the Botswana Housing Corporation, which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name, and, subject to the provisions of this Act, of holding and disposing of movable and immovable property, and of doing all such things as are necessary for, or are conducive to, the proper carrying out of its objects and the performance of its duties under this Act.


4.   Establishment of Board

   (1) The Minister shall appoint a Board to be known as the Botswana Housing Corporation Board, consisting of not less than seven or more than ten members who, in the opinion of the Minister, have knowledge and experience likely to contribute to the successful direction of the affairs and operations of the Corporation.

   (2) From among the members appointed under subsection (1) the Minister shall designate one to be the Chairman of the Board.

   (3) The Board shall, subject to any special or general directions of the Minister, be responsible for the overall direction of the affairs of the Corporation, and for such other matters as may be specified in this Act.

   (4) Appointments to the Board, and of the Chairman, shall be signified by notice in the Gazette.


5.   Tenure of office of members

   (1) A member shall be appointed for such period, not exceeding four years, as shall be specified in the notice appointing him, and at the termination of such period he shall be eligible for reappointment:

   Provided that, in appointing members to the Board, the Minister shall specify such periods of appointment as ensure that the appointments of not more than one third of the members expire in any one year.

   (2) The appointment of the Chairman by the Minister shall be for a period of three years, but he shall be eligible for reappointment.

   (3) Once in every year the members shall elect from among their number a Deputy Chairman, who shall hold such office for one year, and shall be eligible for re-election.

   (4) If at any time the Minister is satisfied that a member is temporarily incapacitated by illness, absence or other sufficient cause from satisfactorily performing the duties of such member, he may appoint some fit and duly qualified person to be a temporary member in place of the incapacitated member during the period of his incapacity, and the person so appointed shall, whilst so appointed, be deemed to be a full member of the Board.

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