NEWS 2005


The Difficulty After Relocation From CKGR

Thato Chwaane

Basarwa counsel, Gordon Bennett said that entry into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) proved very difficult after the relocation of residents to settlements outside the reserve.

In his 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.

Bennett stated 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 system. But

Broekhuis 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 reserve.

Bennett said 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.

Broekhuis said 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 re-examine Broekhuis.