Architect Defends Palace Cost Increase

Pascalinah Kabi

THE South Africa-based Makeka Design Lab Company has defended the escalation of construction costs for the Royal Palace, saying these were justified by inflation, climate control, safety and practical considerations.

Makeka Design Lab were initially engaged as interior designers in 2010 but they have since been roped in by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to take over an architectural role of the Royal Palace project whose costs have skyrocketed to M450 million up from the initial budget of M170 million.

Another South African company, Palace Architects began designing King Letsie III’s palace in 2010 but left the project after a contractual dispute with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.