Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane, of the Zion Christian Church
(ZCC), called on the government to “seriously and mercilessly”
clamp down on conmen and women who claim that they can heal
HIV/AIDS. He is pictured here officiating at the launch of the
Faith Based Organisations HIV/AIDS Response Strategy on Sunday
in Gaborone. He said people within and outside various church
groups abused the name of God to rob people of their money,
claiming that they could cure HIV/AIDS. (See story on Page 3)
BUFFALO FENCE KILLINGS ANGER FARMERS
By Joseph Kgamanyane
The Ngamiland farming community has expressed deep
disappointment at what they regard as over-zealousness on the
part of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) when
department officials kill cattle that cross the Buffalo Fence
into the delta area.
Though the farmers accept that the killing is in keeping with
the requirements of the World Organisation of Animal Health
(OIE), to which Botswana is a signatory, they question the
department’s culpability in the whole affair.
The farmers’ bone of contention is that “there is no buffalo
fence to talk about” as the fence has not been maintained for
As the chairperson of the Ngamiland West Integrated Farmers
Association (NWIFA), Simon Bojosi, noted: “We have been calling
for the proper maintenance of the buffalo fence at various fora
that included kgotla, stakeholders’ meeting, council meetings
and even in Parliament our MPs have been raising this issue but
to no avail.” Meanwhile, Bojosi has disclosed that the NWIFA is
planning a kgotla meeting in Maun next Thursday, which will also
be addressed by the District Agricultural Coordinator, Obed
Mabuthoe. Bojosi said the meeting is expected to look closely at
the issue of slaughter of cattle along the buffalo fence.
The farmers’ assocation is also planning a two-day seminar at
Sehitwa in early December, specifically to address the FMD and
its ramifications in the district. Bojosi said the seminar is
expected to be attended by the region’s dikgosi, MPs,
councillors and relevant government officials.
The buffalo fence is porous and is in a state of disrepair
specifically due to poor maintenance by the relevant authorities
and to the destruction by elephants. Strangely, by its own
admission the DVS has often attributed their failure to contain
the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to constant breaching of the
fence by both livestock and wild animals.
However, the latest spate of killing of livestock that strays
beyond the buffalo fence has riled farmers..
Kgosi Otlhokometse Lelatlhego, of Moeti Ward in Maun, last week
raised the issue with the District Agricultural Office. He
complained that the government did not thoroughly consult the
communities when starting to implement the exercise.
He told The Ngami Times that his office is
inundated with reports by farmers whose livestock has been
killed by the authorities and these farmers are mostly from
Xaraxau, Guruku, Tsutsubega, Gogomoga and other areas.
The affected farmers said their cattle were being killed in
increasing numbers and that they are only compensated at P400
per cow, an amount they view as insulting.
The kgosi further complained that even the fence that the
government refers to is not strong enough to restrict cattle
from crossing over - “The fence is porous and most places it is
already down to the ground, so a cow needs no effort to cross
over to the wildlife zone,” he said.
To address this crisis, Kgosi Lalatlhego has suggested that the
government should seriously consider using people engaged in the
Ipelegeng Programme to maintain and monitor the livestock
movements along the fence.
In response to the complaints, the public relations officer at
the District Agricultural Office, Bautule Kealatotse, maintained
that in January, the Minister 0f Agriculture, the agriculture
Permanent Secretary and other senior officials of agriculture
ministry had toured Ngamiland informing and educating the public
through the Kgotla meetings about issues surrounding the need to
kill animals (livestock or buffaloes) that breach the fence.
He said that the main purpose of the buffalo fence is to prevent
the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), as it is intended to
separate cattle from buffaloes. He explained that when cattle
cross into the wildlife zone they are killed and similarly that
happens to buffaloes that cross into cattle posts.
“People should either kraal or herd their cattle and also make
them used to the fat that the buffalo fence is a no-go zone just
as it is used to happen back in the days,” said Kealatotse.
Kealototse told The Ngami Times that cows are not
just killed without firstly consulting the owner to come and
witness the killing, and they contact them using the brand in a
cow because the veterinary office is the one that issues them.
Maun kick-starts 16 Days of Activism campaign
By Gorata Ramogwera
The government has been blamed for its failure to sign the
Southern African Development Community’s Gender Protocol which
aims to provide for the empowerment of women to eliminate
discrimination and achieve gender equality.
This was said at a panel discussion hosted by Maun’s Women
Against Rape in collaboration with the Department of Gender
Affairs when marking the start of 16 Days of Activism Against
Violence of women held at the Love Botswana Outreach Mission
The objectives are to raise awareness about gender-based
Police, Men Sector, the media and faith-based organisations’
representative made presentations on the issue.
The media representative, Livingstone Kentshitswe, said the
government is not doing enough to address gender-based violence.
He blamed it on the government‘s failure to sign the SADC Gender
The Gender Protocol aims to provide for the empowerment of
women, to eliminate discrimination and achieve gender equality
by encouraging and harmonising the development and
implementation of gender responsive legislation, policies and
programmes and projects.
Kentshitswe further said that only 5% of gender-based violence
(GBV) cases are reported in the media. He stated that Batswana
do not report such cases, adding that the media is a platform
the public should be using to curb gender based violence.
When commenting on the issue, the chairperson of the Minister’s
Fraternal in Maun, Pastor Bolokang Motsamai, emphasised that
charity begins at home. He encouraged parents to raise their
children in good morals to ensure that they become better
Motsamai stated that if parents fight all the time, the chances
are their children will grow up to be abusive too leading to a
cycle of violence. He indicated that young girls are exploited
and sexually-abused, adding that that there have been cases
where young girls have been impregnated by pastors.
Among the panelists there was also the Botswana Police
representative, Patricia Kapetira, who said GBV is a reality in
Maun. Kapetira said they receive at least three rape cases
everyday in Maun alone.
She, however, indicated that almost all the women who report
these cases later drop the charges. She also highlighted that
defilement cases reported to their office are high, with the
numbers increase annually.
The 16-day programme is an international campaign commemorated
annually from November 25 which is International Day on Violence
against Women to December 10, Human Rights Day.
Vitamins, minerals help AIDS patients
A daily dose of multivitamins and minerals in the early
stages of HIV infection can delay the disease’s progression by
as much as 54 per cent in people who are not receiving
antiretroviral drugs, a US study reveals. Researchers from
Florida International University (FIU) and Harvard University
followed 878 HIV-infected patients in Botswana and tracked the
progression of their disease for two years, finding that
patients who received daily supplements of vitamins B, C and E
plus selenium had a lower risk of depleting the number of immune
response cells in their bodies. The supplements also reduced the
risk of other measures of disease progression, including AIDS
symptoms and AIDS-related deaths, of which there were four in
the study group. Vitamins B, C and E are essential for
maintaining a responsive immune system, and selenium may play an
important role in preventing HIV replication, said FIU professor
of dietetics Marianna Baum, the study’s lead investigator. ‘The
disease impacts metabolism and increases the requirement for
vitamins and minerals and if people don’t take additional
vitamins and minerals they become deficient, which in turn
impacts immunity,’ Professor Baum said. She said the findings
were significant in countries such as Botswana, where
HIV-infection rates were among the world’s highest and
healthcare systems struggled to provide antiretroviral
medications to low-income populations. Over-the-counter
multivitamins and minerals, Professor Baum said, were ‘a
low-cost alternative’ and easily accessible therapy that proved
safe and effective in delaying HIV progression. Patients
participating in the study received three to five times the
recommended daily amounts of the vitamins, and about 200
micrograms of selenium every day. The study was published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association. (SkyNews).
HIV crooks must be stopped – ZCC Bishop
GABORONE - Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane, of the Zion
Christian Church (ZCC), has called on the government to
“seriously and mercilessly” clamp down on conmen and women who
claim that they can heal HIV/AIDS. Officiating at the launch of
Faith Based Organisations HIV/AIDS Response Strategy here on
Sunday, Bishop Lekganyane said certain people within and outside
various church groups abused the name of God to rob people of
their money, claiming that they could cure HIV/AIDS. “We all
know that there is no cure for HIV as yet and we also know that
with good and continued adherence to antiretroviral treatment,
people living with HIV can remain well and productive for a long
time,” he said. Bishop Lekganyane also urged Batswana to be
vigilant to such crooks and address the myth about other alleged
cures for HIV and AIDS such as raping children under the
misconception that by doing so, they could cure themselves of
HIV. According to the World Health Organisation, male
circumcision only reduced the risk of female-to-male sexual
transmission of HIV by 60%, which he also noted that it showed
that circumcision did not prevent HIV transmission. He advised
men and boys to go to authorised medical facilities for
circumcision to avoid deaths and septic wounds. He called upon
Faith Based Organisations to strongly preach abstinence among
young people and faithfulness among partners as well as building
on their strength of teaching moral issues to facilitate
behaviour change. He also called government to ensure that
HIV/AIDS information was available in a format accessible to the
people with disabilities, as well as couple HIV testing and
counselling guidelines and strategies. Prior to the launch,
Bishop Lekganyane had paid courtesy call on Vice Presidentr
Ponatshego Kedikilwe, and Kedikilwe said the world was under
siege because of human self-inflicted diseases that were taking
their toll on humanity. The VP said the launch was a
demonstration of government’s zeal to fight against HIV/AIDS in
the face of insurmountable challenges, through the power of
prayer. He noted that the country was faced with a formidable
challenge of human behaviour towards tackling the HIV/AIDS
scourge. The Vice President said there was a reduction in the
occurrence of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS and also
the effectiveness of government’s universally free ARV’s which
Botswana was the first country in Africa to introduce to the
general public. Health minister Dr John Seakgosing said the
occasion symbolised true community and government partnerships
critical towards accomplishing coveted prize of an HIV Free
generation by the year 2016, which he said required
Minister, officials show their
The 50% subsidy to farmers on livestock feed announced by
government this week is a welcome development. The initiative
was effective from November 28. Livestock feeds had previously
been subsidised at 25% for the rest of the country except for
hard-hit regions of Ngamiland and Bobirwa that enjoyed a 35%
subsidy. However, this week the Ministry of Agriculture further
reduced the subsidy to 50% for the whole country. According to
the ministry, the subsidised feed would be sold through the
Livestock Advisory Centres (LAC) and Botswana Agricultural
Marketing Board (BAMB) depots.The assistant minister of
agriculture, Oreeditse Molebatsi, assured Parliament this week
that he will ensure “the feed becomes available in the rest of
country. I have included the BAMB on the sale of the subsidised
feed to enable all farmers to access the feed at the subsidised
rates to save as many livestock as we can from perishing.” MPs
have expressed concern that previously the farmers had been
unable to derive maximum benefit from the exercise due to
problems of inadequate stocking at the LACs and transportation
of supplies to such centres. Molebatsi in response assured them
the ministry would do everything in its power to ensure that
there was enough supply of feed in all the LAC and BAMB depots,
but the ministry is known for its notoriety not to live up to
its promises. The case in point is the eight-point resolutions
undertaken last year at the Maun main kgotla in which the
Ngamiland farming community was assured the maintance and
monitoring of the Buffalo Fence would be prioritised. As it
turned out, that is still a pipe-dream that has culminated in
the on-going unjustifiable slaughter of cattle that cross the
sometimes non-existence fence into the delta. At that August
2012 kgotla meeting, it was resolved that the buffalo fence
would be upgraded to at least three cables at problem areas and
the re-alignment of the fence away from water bodies. Most
importantly, the Ngamiland farmers even indicated their
willingness to contribute funds towards the maintanance of the
fence. The Ghanzi Farmers Association also pledged to assist
with the maintanance of the Kuke veterinary cordon fence.
Disappointendly though, the Ministry of Agriculture has
squandered the goodwill of the two regions’ farming communities.
As it is right now, apparently due administrative inertia and
outright laziness from the relevant authorities, the buffalo
fence is still in a state of disrepair. Once again Ngamiland
farmers have to undully pay a heavy price when their
over-populated and drought-ravaged livestock wanders across the
imaginery fence into the delta. We do not believe the
maintenance and monitoring of a mere fence should be such a
difficult and costly task for the ministry. In the face of this
crisis, the only logical explanation is that the Minister and
his charges are contemptuous of the people of Ngamiland.
Monday could be a very interesting day in the 98-year history
of Maun, long known as the tourism and safari capital of
Botswana and indeed world famous as we have noticed with the TV
programme “Bush Pilots” which highlights the activities of young
men and women from all over the world keen to learn their craft
over the dense foliage and desert of the Okavango delta and
On that day, at Matlapeneng kgotla, details of a planned
six-storey hotel will be divulged – and if acceptable to the
public (or rather big business with political connections) an
eyesore for the future on the Maun landscape will be signed and
To erect such a building on a relatively small plot and in a
town with acute water, sewerage and power problems is a joke, as
many have pointed out on social media. They have also said it
would ruin the image of Maun and our unique wildlife in the eyes
of foreign tourists who do not need such luxury accommodation
for an African safari.
They don’t mind two-storey buildings but are dead against
anything higher than that.
Aviation buffs also point out that the proposed hotel could turn
out to be a danger to aircraft approaching and taking off on the
new runway 08 at Maun airport.
The same argument can also be said for the old Maun Educational
Park from where the animals have been relocated in order to
construct another five star hotel, a golf course, a casino and a
It will be a sad day for Maun if these plans go through – but
needless to say big business and greedy politicians will have
the final say, over-riding the objections of a community..
** Target practice in aid of Movember reached a high point last
weekend at a fun day.
Pre-practice went a bit askew when one of the pellets hit a
police and bounced off towards the Thamalakane River, only to
land on the shirt of a tourist who was enjoying a quiet cruise
along with others.
A perplexed gentleman, Shuffle hears, stopped the cruise and
came up the bank to the pre-practice site and held out the palm
of his hand complete with pellet. The pellet had not done any
damage, fortunately, but it was a grumpy tourist who sternly
told the Movember chaps to be more careful – as if they had
placed the pole in the way of the target!
The hoary old question of “when is it really going to rain?” is
rising its head once again.
The weather people can’t seem to make up their minds. Will it be
blazing hot or will it rain?
Long range forecasts indicate a period of hot weather with some
clouds appearing from time to time and maybe a short burst of
rain “in spots” – the new terminology for weather forecasters
now that many countries are declaring that if a forecaster gives
an incorrect forecast, it is a criminal offence!
So they have to be extra careful to avoid sitting in a cell
while it is pouring cats and dogs outside after they had
pronounced it would be a warm day . . .
We are running an advertisement in this edition which invites
people to “meet the swamp people.”
Nothing strange about that as geographically speaking the
Okavango is actually the Okavango Swamp and not the popular
usage of “Okavango delta” – one of the wonders of the world
because the water in the area flows into the Kalahari Desert and
not into a sea as is typical of other deltas.
History books and maps will tell you that while there is a delta
the area is actually known as the Okavango Swamp.
only 5% of gender violence
By Joseph Kgamanyane
The results of the Gender and Media Progress Study (GMPS) to
examine the proportion of gender based violence (GBV) coverage,
GBV topics, who speaks and who reports on GBV in Botswana has
shown that only 5% of all news articles cover such issues here.
This was said by a media practitioner, Livingstone Kentshitswe,
who is also the co-ordinator of the Tlharesegolo Foundation, at
the launch of 16 days of activism organised by the Maun-based
Women Against Rape (WAR). The launch of the campaign was held at
the Love Botswana Outreach Mission Life Centre in Maun on
Surveys showed that domestic violence, legislature and political
issues received the most coverage whilst topics that received
little coverage include child abuse, non-physical violence and
also a little of women’s voices.
Kentshitswe blamed both the public and the government for not
playing their major role on issues concerning the GBV. “We as
the nation don’t take violence issues seriously. The media is
not responsible to fight all alone these issues but rather
people should use it and report to us how they are violated so
that we can play our role to inform the public at large,” he
He singled out the state media for the poor coverage of
gender-based violence issues. He said the study has revealed
Radio Botswana came last is coverage of such issues as compared
to Yarona FM’s 15% and Mmegi’s 13%.
This shows that Radio Botswana did not report any story on GBV
during the monitoring period, he said. He criticised the
government as the major stakeholder that this was due because
its radio station is centralised in Gaborone so they only report
issues of violence that are in that area and surroundings. He
pointed out that if Botswana had community radio stations
“different issues of GBV the 5% would increase because a lot
would be covered and solutions would easily arise.”
Ever wanted to
with a pride of
lions?Well,one photographer did
and he used a remote
control "buggy" to do
it.Chris McLennan,a New Zealand-based commercial
photographer,wanted to getclose to one of
Africa's largest predatorswhile
travelling in Botswana,so he
had his engineer friend
ring up a remote control buggy
to house his camera.Then project
got off to a great
start as McLennan was able to
capture an incredible close-up of
a curious male lion before
moving on unscathed.Then things
got a little out of
control as about seven to eight
curious female lions wanted
their turn with the rover and
ultimately killed the unusual
prey.But the images ,and subsequently
the video documenting the project
,are incredible.The video has
garnered over 2million views
since it was uploaded on November
killed by lions while showering
A Zimbabwean has been killed by a pride of
lions while he was showering in a camp in the north of the
country. The man was attacked while using an outside shower at a
fishing camp near Mana Pools, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the
Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force, told German news agency DPA.
The area, located on the Zambesi River, is popular with hunters,
most of whom stay in basic camps that offer little protection
against attack by wild animals.The attack is the latest in a
string of lion attacks in the area, Rodrigues said. Eight
villagers were killed in a spate of lion attacks over a period
of about two months this year, he said. Those attacks only
stopped when a pride of lions was killed. The dead man, a
tourist, was named as Pete Evershed by the iAfrica website. The
site said that he had been attacked by four or five lions and
his wife, who witnessed the attack, could do nothing to save
him. Locals have claimed that lions in the area were being lured
into camps with meat by tour operators.
PPADB appoints supplies division chief
The Minister of Finance and Development
Planning, Kenneth Matambo, has appointed Kgakgamalo Ken
Ketshajwang as executive director for the Supplies Division to
serve in the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB)
on a four year contract with effect from November 1, 2013.
Ketshajwang first joined PPADB in May 2007 and was appointed as
divisional manager for Supplies Division. Before joining PPADB,
he worked for the Botswana Police Service from 1995 to 2007 as a
forensic scientist. Ketshajwang was head of the Chemistry Unit
of the Forensic Science Laboratory, holding the position of
chief forensic scientist.
In 1995, Ketshajwang worked for Water Utilities Corporation as
an Assistant Water Quality Chemist.
Ketshajwang holds a MSC in Strategic Management from the
University of Derby (UK); a Certificate Programme in Forensic
and Investigative Auditing with UNISA; an MSc in Forensic
Science (Chemistry) from the University of London (UK); and a BA
from the University of Botswana.
There is more
to Herero, Mbanderu repatriation
The repatriation of OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu is shrouded in a
cloud of controversy as some of the affected tribesmen accuse
the Botswana government of a hidden agenda to kick them out of
Botswana. They say the move is orchestrated by government as
part of its plans to depopulate the district of cattle in line
with grand plans for tourism
A group of Baherero and Bambanderu have reportedly indicated
that they want to return to Namibia. The 259 individuals are
said to be from Nokaneng, Habu, Tsau, Semboyo, Makakung, Kareng,
Bothatogo Toteng, Sehitwa and other villages and have reportedly
submitted their repatriation request to the Ngamiland District
Commissioner, Bernadette Malala.
This week Justice Moinjo who chairs the repatriation committee
confirmed the figure and said more are still registering for
repatriation. Although there has been a speculation that the
repatriation is fueled by the dwindling fortunes of Ngamiland
farmers as a result of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Moinjo said
“the people just want to go.’
Baherero and Bambanderu are primarily pastoralists, who
reportedly make up the majority of farmers in the districts
communal areas. Moinjo said they have requested that the
government repatriates them with their livestock and other
asserts accumulated in Botswana. He said it is up to the
government to decide what it will do with the land all the
applicants occupied in Botswana.
In the meantime, Malala is addressing Kgotla meetings throughout
the district to get the views of all that want to move. Botswana
Press Agency reported that Malala will after all the
consultative meetings advise the government accordingly on the
Some tribesmen, however, say the move is instigated by the
Botswana government as part of grand plan to convert Ngamiland
in to a tourism district. In an interview with The Ngami Times
one of tribesman, Moses Hikuama said the repatriation is part of
the government plan to force OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu who are
the majority of communal farmers in the district to create more
land for tourism developments.
According to Hikuama there are more than 20,000 OvaHerero and
OvaMbanderu whose cattle posts are within the Okavango Delta
Ramsar Site where conservation and tourism prevails. According
to Hikuama the originators and drivers of the idea that the
people want to move are people who are connected to the ruling
Botswana Democratic Party.
Hikuama said Moinjo who heads the repatriation committee is a
well-known BDP activist in the region. He wondered why all the
people who head the relocation committee are BDP.
“This yet another example of how the government will use
propaganda to clear every impediment in their tourism plan. The
tribe is the main impediment to this plan because they have more
cattle and occupy cattle posts all the way from Habu and other
prime areas. So they have to go” Moinjo meanwhile refuted that
he is a BDP follower or they have been influenced by government
to repatriate. He said the decision is shared by all the people
who want to move back to the land where their forefathers
According to the unconfirmed figures the OvaHerero and
Ovambanderu collectively own more than half of the estimated
400,000 cattle in Ngamiland. Suspicions are that the Namibian
government will welcome the repartees from Botswana not only for
their live cattle they could be bringing along but also their
livestock rearing skills.
Recently the Namibian newspaper reported that livestock and
slaughter industries in Namibia may face hard times for the next
three years due to limited breeding stock in the country. The
report said 222 206 cattle were exported this year which has
drastically reduced the country’s cattle population. The country
is apparently looking into importing live cattle from Botswana
and South Africa to beef up its stock.
Baherero and Bambanderu came to Botswana in 1904 fleeing from
German genocide. Some members of the two communities repatriated
back in 1995-1996, after Namibia’s independence.
Letters to the Editor
Now this is Breaking News!
Sir , - Breaking news - Botswana has
changed its tourism policy! In fact, the policy was changed
quite a while back, but no one from the government was bothered
to let anyone in the industry know about it. It has all been
decided behind closed doors.
Even today, most tourism enterprises are still advertising their
products under the “old” policy.
The new policy must have been developed by a genius. Why did we
not think of doing this before? We could have made millions.
The old “low volume, high income” approach is now outdated and
obsolete. Why would we only have a “low volume” policy for
tourism numbers when we could double or even triple that figure?
The great thinkers at the Ministry of Tourism have come up with
another more productive policy that will make us all rich beyond
our dreams. It is called the “high volume, high income”
approach. It is so good that all our competitors in neighbouring
countries will copy this concept once they see how much success
we are having with it.
The next step is that we will keep telling people that we are
sticking with the old policy.
So, when BTO advertises at travel shows or in magazines, the
world will be told that because you pay a lot of money to visit
Botswana, you won’t find yourself on a “Disneyland”-style safari
sharing a sighting with 15 other vehicles.
The finer details of this cunning plan work like this: We will
keep building expensive 24-bed lodges in our parks and
concessions and charging people incredible amounts of money to
see our animals but here is the clever part: We will build
several 24-bed lodges in the same area (slightly apart) to fool
everyone that we are still sticking to the old tourism policy.
Meanwhile, we will manage to achieve the high volume tourism
numbers we desire because we will just keep building more and
more “small” lodges in these areas.
This has already taken place in Savuti and Khwai (where
government has unofficially put this new policy on trial) and it
seems to be working. All the beds in all the lodges are full and
the tourists are still paying the high prices! Genius!
Further to this, the government can save even more money by not
bothering to have anyone monitoring the parks, scientifically
working out carrying capacities and sticking to management
plans. No one will bother to work out if these areas can handle
more vehicle traffic or ask tourists if they are experiencing
congestion when they visit our parks.
There is always a catch though - the bubble has to burst at some
point (just in case you did not pick up the intense sarcasm I am
trying to convey).
The congestion problems we are currently experiencing in these
areas are getting worse by the day.
Tourists and travel agents alike will catch on sooner or later
and realise they have been fooled by BTO’s false advertising
campaigns. If they (the tourists) want this type of mass
tourism, they will just go to South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania
where they will pay considerably less for what is becoming an
We don’t want this “mass tourism” that is currently developing.
I believe that we are headed in the wrong direction and someone
needs to get a grip on things, show strong leadership and
prevent our tourism product rotting beyond repair. It may
already be too late?
Let’s stick to quality, rather than quantity.
If anyone has plans to build new lodges in places where mobile
safaris and lodges are already operating, forget about them.
Open up new areas and roads and develop in these regions so that
no other businesses are affected by more traffic. There is a lot
more space out there - get wise and use it!
Reader shocked by cartoon
Sir, - I was absolutely shocked and appalled by the cartoon
which appeared in the issue of The Ngami Times (November 8-15,
2013) with the caption “The lighter side of suicide”.
There is absolutely no light side to suicide. It is an extremely
traumatic and emotional issue, both for the victims who are
driven to the depths of despair before committing suicide, and
for the family and loved ones left behind after such a tragic
and terrible event.
As someone who has had a family member commit suicide, I
seriously take affront to this offensive cartoon and I am sure
many grieving families will too. I hope that The Ngami Times
will issue an apology for allowing this cartoon to be published
in your paper.
(Name and address supplied)
Sir, - I would like to comment on the cartoon in the Ngami Times
of 8th to 15th November which I believe to be distasteful and in
fact rather sad that anyone would “ridicule” a matter such as
this. There is no “Lighter Side of Suicide” – a life taken is an
absolutely tragedy. Sadly in Botswana this happens too often.
power on agenda at talks
The Bi–National Commission between Botswana and South Africa
will accelerate issues that have been taking long to be
addressed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Relations, Phandu Skelemani, has said. In an interview on his
return from the inaugural session of the Bi–National Commission,
which was held in South Africa, Skelemani said as Botswana had
advanced its diamond sale relocation from London to Gaborone, it
was important that issues of security between Botswana and South
Africa be ironed out. He said a lot of diamond dealers were
expected to be entering into Botswana, through South Africa as a
transit point and therefore the meeting worked around the
multiple transit visa issue and solved it. He said the meeting
also discussed the importance of tightening security, especially
at the point of entry for the two countries. The supply of
electricity, Skelemani said, was also an issue of discussion
since South Africa supplied Botswana with power even beyond
agreed limits. He appreciated the role that South Africa had
played in its continuous support and supply of electricity until
the situation at the Morupule B Power station had been resolved.
Skelemani had accompanied President Ian Khama who led a
delegation of six ministers to South Africa. The agreement of
the Bi-National Commission was signed by President Khama and
President Jacob Zuma in 2012. (BOPA).
Ghanzi, Swedes host business workshop
GHANZI - The Ghanzi District Council in partnership
with the Swedish Ale municipality will be hosting a business
workshop called the “Young Entrepreneurs in New Africa” from
Saturday (November 30) to December 5 at the Dqae Qare lodge
The workshop is targeting aspiring young business people
selected from the Ghanzi District, Sweden and Namibia, by
mentoring them on business management skills. It falls under the
auspices of a cooperation agreement entered into by the two
municipalities in 2012 after both showed aspirations of jointly
undertaking a project that will be in the best interest of their
Botswana has been allocated 12 slots for the workshop and the
participants were selected across the Ghanzi District’s
settlements with the assistance of Social and Community
Development Officers who are responsible for community
upliftment in the district. The other slots were given to
invited participants from the Gobabis municipality in Namibia,
which already enjoys cooperation with both the Ghanzi and Ale
municipalities. The Swedish delegation is expected to arrive in
Botswana today and the workshop will be facilitated by Professor
Roger Mumby-Croft, a business mentor and lecturer from Oxford
University in the United Kingdom.
Village wants more
KUKE - Kgosi Montshonyane Nxhogae of Kuke has asked
for police officers to be posted to the village, saying there
was a lot of crime in the area. Police divisional commander for
the southern region, Senior Assistant Commissioner Oreeditse
Mautle, says Kuke was assisted by law enforcement officers from
Kuke Gate veterinary cordon fence which was 10km away. Mautle
said that there were plans to increase manpower at the gate as
well as providing a car to ease the workload. He said Kuke was
also assisted by six police volunteers.
BDF eyes Korean fighter jets
Botswana wants to buy Korea’s T-50 supersonic advanced
trainer jets and FA-50 light combat aircraft, the Korean Defence
Ministry said in Seoul on Monday. Botswana uses 14 F-5A fighter
jets and F-5D trainers it bought from Canada in 1996 but now
wants to replace the craft.
A Korean ministry official said the first purchase would be for
eight of the Korean jets. At the 2008 price the T-50 cost P178.5
million while FA-50 stood at P255 million per unit in 2012.
According to the Korean media, Botswana Defence minister
Dikgakgamatso Seretse met with his Korean counterpart Kim
Kwan-jin in Seoul on October 30 during his visit to the Seoul
International Aerospace and Defence exhibition.
Thailand is also interested in T-50s and FA-50s, and the
Philippines is in the final stage of negotiations with the
Defence Acquisition Programme Administration over the purchase
of FA-50s worth around P3.8 billion.
Angola says it has banned Islam
LUANDA - Angola has banned Islam and Muslims - the
first country in the world to do so - and is also destroying
mosques. It calls Islam as “a dangerous cult.”
Angola is overwhelmingly Catholic.
The president, José Eduardo dos Santos, was quoted in several
newspapers as saying “this is the final end of Islamic influence
in our country.”
Rosa Cruz e Silva, the Angolan Minister of Culture, said “the
process of legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Their mosques would be
closed until further notice.” She asserted that the decision was
the latest is a series of efforts to ban ‘illegal’ religious
sects. According to the minister, the action was necessary to
fight relentlessly against the emergence of congregations whose
worshipping is contradicting with the customs of the Angolan
culture. Other faiths which were not legalised will face closure
of their houses of worship - “All sects on the list published by
the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights are prohibited to
conduct worship, so they should keep their doors closed,” she
was quoted by “Cameroon Voice” as sayingþ.
A mosque in Humambo province was closed down recently, and one
Muslim leader of the Islamic Community of Angola said: “Our
brothers have just informed me that his place of prayer in
Huambo was also closed this morning, as has occurred in other
provinces in recent months … unfortunately this has been the
common practice of the competent authorities. They do not notify
the leaders of mosques, send (in) the police ordering the
closure, and says nothing more.” According to the Muslim leader,
Angolan authorities have already closed mosques in Lunda Norte
and Lunda Sul, Moxico, Bie, Cuando Cubango, Huila, Cunene,
Namibe and Zaire provinces. There is also a small ommunity,
estimated at 80-90 000 adherents, composed largely of migrants
from West Africa and families of Lebanese extraction.
In 2011, according to the Islamic Community of Angola
(Comunidade Islâmica de Angola, COIA) there were more than 80
mosques.Late this week, an Angolan official denied there was a
ban on Islam but Islamic leaders in the country disputed this,
saying mosques had been destgroyed.
realign the world?
Pundits foresee an altered world order
brought on by fracked gas and oil. Dinyar Godrej thinks the
changes could play out quite differently to the most common
predictions. The vision of a cornucopia of gas and oil
pouring out into an energy-hungry world is too sweet to resist.
Even if behind it lies the environmentally destructive practice
of horizontal hydraulic fracturing or fracking. But the dream of
energy security is alluring and has the capacity to change
political realities – at least if one goes by the rosy
pontification of many Western commentators. The narrative
usually goes like this. Fracking is delivering – look at the
fossil-fuel plenty unleashed in the United States (US). So if
the areas of the rest of the world where frackable resources are
thought to be lurking follow suit, the balance of power of
nations changes for the better. What such contented crystal ball
gazing reveals is that commentators who would have denied that
wars have been fought over securing supplies of oil (rather than
the professed purpose of spreading democracy) quite happily
admit that energy requirements are the driving force of global
power. At least that is out in the open. But whether this vision
of fracking’s influence on geopolitics will come true is far
from certain. Let’s inspect the reality on the ground of the
world’s number one fracking nation, the US. It comes in several
versions. One version is the politically winning mantra of
‘energy independence’. In his State of the Union address
President Barrack Obama declared: “After years of talking about
it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future.” A
huge claim but admittedly, more restrained than those made by
industry leaders. In 2010, Aubrey McClendon, then CEO of
Chesapeake Energy, said: “In the last few years we have
discovered the equivalent of two Saudi Arabias of oil in the
form of natural gas in the United States. Not one, but two.”
Then it’s worth looking at another version. While it is true
that natural gas production in the US is at an historic high,
with fracking responsible for 40%, the future may not be as
abundant. For one, all estimates of shale gas resources are
unproven. Industry figures talk them up to build public
confidence and lure investment and then point to current levels
of production as proof.
However, the areas being fracked right now in the US are the
ones which held the most promise; there is no guarantee these
levels of extraction can be maintained. So while some industry
figures confidently say a century’s worth of natural gas is
there for the taking, the US Energy Information Administration
(EIA), which has had a tendency to inflate its estimates, thinks
it’s more like 24 years, whereas independent analysts think the
peak has already been reached and there is 10 years’ worth left.
Where oil production is concerned, here is climate change
commentator Ben Adler’s analysis: “According to the (US)-EIA, in
2012 we produced 11.1 million barrels of oil per day, while
consuming 18.5 million barrels. In other words, we were a net
importer of 7.4 million barrels per day, accounting for 40% of
our total consumption. While that’s the lowest percentage since
1991, it actually paints an unduly rosy picture. Fifty-seven per
cent of that oil we ‘produced’ last year was not actually
extracted in the US; it was just refined here after being
imported. That means the gap between what we drill and what we
burn is even greater than the production numbers suggest. We can
never drill our way to energy independence.”
And what of the future? Fracking looks unlikely to change things
for long. The “technically recoverable unproved resources” for
the US are estimated at between 23 and 34.6 billion barrels
which, based on the consumption figure cited above, represents
just a couple of years – if all of it could be recovered. So it
looks like Saudi Arabia is going to be a special friend for a
According to Tim Morgan of the London-based money-brokering firm
Tullet Prebon: ‘The economy, as we have known it for more than
two centuries, will cease to be viable at some point within the
next 10 or so years unless, of course, some way is found to
reverse the trend of rising energy costs. To pin all hopes on
fracked fuels and not lay the foundations for an alternative
energy future is madness.”
The even greater madness is to put the urgency of doing
something about climate change on the back burner just because
fracking may offer a few more years’ worth of fossil fuel.
Already the club of ‘developed’ nations is being blasted for
reneging on its promises to cut carbon emissions, promises which
were much too weak to be effective in the first place. When
climate change ratchets up, it will really rip up the
Dinyar Godrej is a New Internationalist co-editor.
vehicles under the spotlight
It is envisaged that there will be a
significant decline in reported cases of misuse and abuse of
government vehicles after the Central Transport Organisation
(CTO) rolls out a Fleet Tracking Maintenance and Management
System (FTMMS), next year.
The system is currently being piloted in Gaborone where over 200
vehicles have been installed with gadgets that enable the
surveillance of the vehicles and drivers to their exact point of
location. The pilot is expected to end in January, 2014.
The Department of Central Transport Organisation, which manages
over 9 000 government vehicles used by various government
departments, has, over the years, recorded a substantial number
of cases of misuse and abuse by both the drivers and officers of
government vehicles commonly known as “BX”.
Recorded cases of misuse involve the use of government vehicles
to run personal errands and abuse, including over-speeding,
harsh braking and other forms of reckless driving.
The current measures used to combat misuse and abuse include the
occasional mounting of road blocks with the Police to apprehend
culprits. In some cases, surprise audits of log books and spot
checks are carried out. “Unfortunately the efficacy of these
strategies has been very minimal. For example, a total of 1 000
cases of misuse were reported in the financial year 2011/2012
and 501 cases were reported in the financial year 2012/2013,”
the CTO said in a statement..
Developed at a cost of P61 617 526.88, the Fleet Tracking
Maintenance and Management System is an effort by CTO to provide
real time movement of a government vehicle and its driver. The
tracking component of the FTMMS will provide ample evidence
where misuse or abuse is committed to enable authorities to take
appropriate action. Previously, it has been very difficult to
pin drivers to an offence as it was not easy to prove.
reduction for special constables
The government has once again refuted
allegations that it has reduced salaries of special constables
in the Botswana Police Services. The Minister of Defence,
Justice and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse, told Parliament
that there were no plans to reduce salaries of special
constables - “If anything, any consideration made would be to
improve it. What appeared to be a reduction was rather a
correction,” he said in response to a question this week.
Seretse explained that for some strange reason, special
constables were paid wrong amounts, instead of the correct
22-day month salaries. He said some were wrongfully paid on a
30-day month, others 35 days, while in some extreme cases others
were paid for a 45-day month. “The police authorities are
currently involved in an audit to see the extent of this
unfortunate situation and will subsequently decide on how to
recover and what action to be taken for those responsible for
the situation,” said the minister. (BOPA)
The Maun Puppies
Rugby Club-A school initiative-is
on their first tourthis
weekend when they play
in Bulawayo,Zimbabwe,in a school
festival.The young stars of the
future rxpected to do
well in the tournament
which has attracted teams
from many areas in
Bush Bucks, Tigers tussle for ‘derby’
By Thuso Rammidi
When the two Nhabe Regional Football Association
representatives, Maun Tigers and Sankoyo Bush Bucks lock horns
in the Maun derby of the Debswana sponsored National First
Division (North) league, the question On most football
enthusiasts lips in the region will be who will draw the first
blood in the new campaign.
Despite being Bush Bucks’ home fixture, Tigers will be highly
motivated, reeling from maximum points pocketed against
newcomers Palapye All Stars last weekend, hoping to claim
another scalp and climb higher in the log standing at the
expense of their neighbors.
With several players rejoining the side, Tigers, alias Ngambera,
will be hoping to enjoy another successful weekend in front of
home supporters. Sankoyo Bush Bucks, on the other side, comes
into the game after a 0-0 draw against Two Two Five which left
them patched in third spot, 5 points behind pacesetters BR
With three-point advantage favoring Bush Bucks (11points)
against Tigers’ 8, the game will be a six pointer putting a lot
at stake between the two outfits. The first round encounter
between the blood rivals did not go without controversy, as the
game hard to be postponed twice, something that tells how tense
the meeting between the two can be.
The fixture brings head to head a meeting of the young coaching
minds with contrasting view of the game, as the Bucks coach
dismiss the enigma that his side plays a powerful play approach
with physically build players, as opposed to a short passing
display, with patient build-up executed by theirs reminisces,
In derbies, form book is thrown out of the window as the clash
becomes a totally different ball game altogether where past
result are better left as such. The opening fixture of the
2012/13 campaign was marred by controversy leading to the game
been abandoned, only for Bush Bucks to be awarded soft points on
the table. Bush Bucks suffered a 3-1 defeat in the second round
of the campaign.
“We are ready for the game,” Pontsho Molwane, the Tigers
caretaker coach tells Times Sport. “Everyone is motivated for
this type of game. Players do not need any motivation. Since the
game is a motivation on its own,” he adds. “Sankoyo is a team
that relies mostly on power play. It’s up to us to come up with
a plan to stop them from playing their normal game.”
“We will resort to our short passing game. If we are going to
play according to their style; they are going to be difficult to
stop. We have to prevail over them with what we have, by means
of a short passing game with reliance on skill,” he tells Times
Sport, as if he means making Bucks players run around in circles
like headless dizzy chickens.
According to Molwane, Bucks has tall players and they are fit as
a team which could be their trump card, but we don’t consider
their position on the log as their advantage.
Gadimang Tiiso, the soft speaking Bush Bucks gaffer, refused to
be drawn into discussing the past season’s results, though seen
as a yardstick to determine possible victors tomorrow where his
charges are assumed to be the underdogs.
He believes Tigers needs no special treatment, proclaiming that
their approach and preparations goes to all teams they play in
the league and Tigers are no are no exemption.
Dynamites to test Terrors
By Thuso Rammidi
Newly established and new entrants to the Division one of Nhabe
Regional Football Association, Western Dynamites clash with the
region’s defending champions Maun Terrors, looking to test their
mettle against seasoned league campaigners. The game starts at
3pm on Saturday afternoon at the Maun Sports Complex ahead of
the top clash against the First division campaigners, Sankoyo
Bush Bucks and Maun Tigers.
Both teams come into the fixture from shared misfortunes in
results from the weekend. Dynamites drop to pacesetters, Gunners
of Khwai while Terrors also played to a stalemate against Maun
Heroes. The fixture will see the duo looking to improve on the
past results which will make match more interesting.
It is these types of games where chicken come home to roast, as
experience and big match temperament are pushed to the boiling
point to separate men from the boys.
In an interview with Times Sport, Terrors double championship
winning mentor, Moses Kefitlhile, was unfazed saying that his
charges are ok and prepared for the game. We are just waiting
the kickoff as our preparations have been going well. He said
after their draw with Heroes, his players has put that
disappointment behind them and aim for a win.
It will be interesting to see if Kehitlhile’s claims will be a
case of too much flipping and no flying an ostrich, as the game
is a three-pointer. Terrors leads Dynamites by a point in the
log standing and a flop on the side of Terrors will suicidal.
On the other hand, Dynamites’ Solomon Ramocotlhwane said that
despite their rookie status, they have been doing well as they
are able to compete pound to pound against seasoned teams. They
have so far played 7 games winning 4 losing 2 and drawing 1.
He tells Time Sport that they are ready for the games against
Kefitlhilwe’s oiled machine, who they trail with a point.
He further stated that they come into the game with full
complement of players, as the squad is injury free with no
“We are prepared for the game, we want to prove a point and
achieve our targets. We are still a very young team but our
players are learning from each and every game they play and are
constantly improving. I hope they will give good account of
themselves come the weekend,” Ramocotlhwane maintains.
Lodge Builders Botswana seeks: Cement Specialist/Site
Manager. Job Description: training in the application of cement
and cement products, Management of sites, team leader,
procurement of materials. Qualifications: qualified artisan with
National Certificate. Requirements: At least 15 years industrial
experience as a tradesman, 10 years experience in cement and
cement products, previous lodge construction experience, be
willing to live in remote areas on various sites. Remuneration
at market rates. Closing date for submissions: 12th December
2013. Written Applications only: P/Bag 086, Maun, Botswana.
Business Administration and Marketing Manager for Kasane
wholesale business. Must have past experience in dealing with
several staff and oversee sales team, preparing weekly and
monthly accounts to trial balance. Need degree in Master of
Business Administration and preferably Marketing. Must have at
least 10 years expereience with computer studies and upper
management. Lot of travelling to outlying rural areas to market
new products. Driver’s licence essential. At 4-5 years traceable
references. Contact Intertrans Commodities P O Box 616, Kasane.
Please suppply CV in writing and accompanying qualifications.
Closing date 10 December 2013. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction General Manager: Masonry/Framework. Relevant
qualifications and a minimum 11 years experience which must
include extensive management roles in civil construction
environments, project management, material testing and health &
safety. Applicant must be able to prove very strong computer
skills with ability to calculate bill of quantities, design
health and safety work programmes or similar, and develop and
implement monitoring systems for heavy civil construction
projects. Driver’s licence and ability to spend extended periods
in remote locations essential. Apply Hoxton Printing (Pty) Ltd,
Private Bag BO33, Boseja, Maun. Ph 6860975. (677).
And Beyond are currently looking for Trackers to work at
their lodges in the Delta. The Tracker must possess an Assistant
Guides License, Valid PRDP License Goods/Special and Specialist
License. A valid First aid certificate will be an advantage. We
are looking for professional and well-presented individuals,
with experience in boating and mekoro. Lodge guiding experience
is essential. Applications to include CV, motivation with
reference to the position that you are applying for, copies of
all relevant documentation and 2 written letters of reference
with contact details – these need to be of last two companies of
employment. Please specify preferred contact details and what
time contact can be made. Please submit applications to And
Beyond, Private Bag BO34, Boseja, Maun, or alternatively email
application to email@example.com Candidates that do
not meet the above mentioned requirements will not be
Mack Air Charters, Maun, Botswana urgently seeking to
fill the below commercial pilot positions, applicants must be
rated on the following aircraft with relevant flight experience:
Two junior pilots with hours ranging between 300Hrs – 500Hrs
C172 & C206; Two Intermediate pilots with hrs ranging between
500Hrs – 1000Hrs C172, C206, C210 & GA8; One Senior Pilot with
hours ranging between 1000hrs – 4000Hrs C172, C206, C210, GA8 &
C208B. All applicants must have a minimum of a C172, C206 or GA8
rating. C208B rating an advantage. Dangerous goods course and
Crew resource management an advantage. Applicant must be willing
to relocate to Maun for a minimum of five years and be willing
to live away from base regularly. Remuneration negotiable.
Closing date for applications 24th December 2013. Applicants
must be willing to come to Maun for flight tests and interviews.
Contact Chief Pilot 6860675 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mack Air Charter, Maun, Botswana Urgently seeking a
Flight scheduler with flight following and emergency response
training. The applicant must have a minimum of 3yrs experience
in the tourism and aviation sector. Previous scheduling and
reservations experience an advantage. Applicant must be willing
to relocate to Maun for a minimum of five years. Remuneration
negotiable. Closing date for applications 24th December 2013.
Delta Air(Pty) Ltd. Commercial Pilot required. Applicant
to hold ICAO commercial pilots licence. A minimum of 250 hours.
A type rating in a C206, C210 or GA8 is required. Previous bush
flying experience will be an added advantage. Applicant must be
able to start immediately. Reply to: The Operations Manager, PO
Box 39, Maun.(677).
AU-PAIR SUPER KIDS ACADEMY is looking for an early
childhood teacher with a Diploma or Degree. A Montessori
directress certificate will be an added advantage. 5 years
minimum experience in an international English-medium day care.
Apply to PO Box 1557, Orapa. Note open day will be 30th November
at Au-Pair Kubung route 8 opposite Premier School next to Big
Tau Bar. Nw parents welcome 8am to 1pm. sms 71541652.(676/677).
Position available for a camp logistics (buyer).
Applicant must have a drivers licence. Please apply to Okavango
Horse Safaris, Ngami Data Centre, Maun Airport Road, Maun with
copy of driver’s licence, omang and CV. Please apply to this
address: Private Bag 23, Maun, or drop application at our office
The Okavango Investment Company requires the services of
a Drama and Dance teacher to set up a Drama/Dance company at
their new facility in Matlapaneng. The successful applicant will
need to be BOTA accredited and have had prior experience
teaching Drama and Dance. Knowledge of computers will also be
required. Send CV and traceable references to: The Okavango
Investment Company, Box 21439, Maun. Phone: 6840405. Closing
date: 13 December 2013. (677)