Rakops Ministry of Environment, Natural
Resources Conservation and Tourism will take over supervision of
Makgadikgadi/Nxai Pan boundary fence alignment construction.
Minister Tshekedi Khama told residents
of Rakops at a kgotla meeting he addressed jointly with Minister of
Agriculture and Food security Mr Patrick Ralotsia in Rakops on
He expressed concern with the current
human/wildlife conflict situation that prevails in Boteti, noting
that the move would enable the ministry to closely monitor the
project and ensure timely completion.
Mr Khama explained that in 2015, his
ministry took a decision to erect 105-kilometre boundary fence
alignment from Phuduhudu to Sookwane on the side of tribal land,
fencing the river inside the park to prevent animals from entering
tribal land as they destroyed the fence, which was initially on the
side of the park to access water.
The Department of Buildings and
Engineering Services, he said, was tasked with the responsibility
to supervise installation of the fence and the project encountered
some challenges deterring its completion.
The contractor, who was engaged to erect
the fence, he said, had some grievances with regard to the project
and lodged his complaint at court, hence the delay.
He noted that the contractor had removed
the whole old fence before erecting a new one and wild animals,
especially elephants, had free movement into tribal land.
Minister Khama further indicated that
since the number of elephants in Botswana exceeded the population,
it was time to consider lifting the hunting ban, but noted that
only citizens should be allowed to hunt.
He stated that it was essential to
establish a list of animals that could be hunted, citing that the
most challenging factor was that other countries prohibited entry
of animal products.
Khumaga residents, he said, would be
allocated campsites, but noted they should agree on a location of
where campsites could be erected.
Mr Khama also raised a concern that
Batswana were not major stakeholders in the tourism sector, saying
they only participated as employe...