BITRI launches sand building block

Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) has launched Kgalagadi sand building block (KSBB).

KSBB is a brick predominantly made of Kgalagadi sand with a blend mixture of flying ash, a by-product of coal and ordinary portland cement.

BITRI board chairperson, Professor Otlogetswe Totolo said, during an open day function, that BITRI had remained mindful of its mandate and obligations to the nation by rolling out technology solutions for Batswana to improve their lives.

Professor Totolo defined the event as providing an opportunity for small and medium enterprises to get involved and ensure that projects such as KSBB were put to use in the market.

He stated that the importance played by construction sector in Botswana, “takes only a short trip down memory lane for us to recognise how far we have come as a nation in terms of the built environment.”

He said those in the business of innovating the sector by using new materials and technologies were increasingly needed to improve the sector. That, he added, would help with creating new ways of doing things further to develop the industry.