Difficulty After Relocation From CKGR
to the web May 20, 2005
Gordon Bennett said that entry into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)
proved very difficult after the relocation of residents to settlements outside
cross-examination of state witness and assistant director of national parks,
Jan Broekhuis on Wednesday, he wondered why the government did not enforce
regulations limiting entry into the reserve prior to the relocation.
that because of prohibition of hunting and withdrawal of special licences
within the CKGR, the department had no control of the level of hunting in the
reserve. He said that in the third draft management plan for parks, the views
of the communities suggested that it would be more effective to use a control
system that has support of the residents and that they would observe a quota
replied that in theory, it sounded nice but it maybe difficult in practice. He
said they had other measures to control hunting such as anti-poaching unit
because the department was clear that they would be no hunting within the
that a taskforce of December 2002 assigned to find out why people were going
back into the reserve reported that people complained of high mortality rates.
Others said they had been relocated while their spouses were not around and
hence they wanted to join them in the CKGR. Some said they were malnourished
and that they were not getting the wild-berries in the new settlement areas or
meat from animals.
that the residents did not want to manage their resources sustainably. He said
that they had made efforts to assist the residents manage resources better
through the Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) but they did
not want to cooperate. The move was subsequently suspended.
The case has
been adjourned to Monday, when lead state counsel Sidney Pilane will