Settlements Could Serve CKGR
Dissenters - Witness
to the web May 26, 2005
director of national parks, Jan Broekhuis said that people who remained in the
Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) were at liberty to get services in the
relocation settlements of Kaudwane and New Xade.
re-examination by lead state counsel, Sidney Pilane on Tuesday, he said it was
emotional to claim that the sick, the old and other disadvantaged people
remaining in the CKGR were denied services.
because there were services outside the reserve. Broekhuis said that residents
could go to areas where there are services.
He was reacting
to claims in a letter by a certain Amogelang Segootsane who sought and got
permission to transport water into the CKGR after the relocation. Broekhuis
said he replied to Segootsane's letter though it was not directed to him after
he got instructions from his boss, the director of national parks. The letter
was directed to the director and Broekhuis responded after discussions in the
Segootsane was apparently representing a group of people and had requested
that he be allowed to enter with a large amount of water in the CKGR for daily
In his request,
Segootsna said the water would be taken to Gope, Gugamma and Metsiamanong in
different vehicles and that it was disheartening to see expectant mothers,
sick persons and orphans without water. Broekhuis termed this an emotive
statement because services were available outside the reserve.
He said that
there are no regulations against taking water into the reserve, though
vehicles were required to have permits to get in. He said delivery of bulk
water was not a normal and daily activity.
He said he had
never heard that tourists wanted to take large amounts of water into the
reserve. He said they have never issued permits for water besides that of
Segootsane. Broekhuis said that people of New Xade and Kaudwane continued to
receive special game licences and were permitted to gather veldt products in
the wildlife management areas. Pilane stated that their case is that there is
still hunting and gathering outside the reserve.
that even though there has been a transition, the relocated residents still
had access to all resources outside the reserve and were not completely cut
that the second management plan proposed Community Use Zones (CUZs)
constituting five percent of reserve. However, the third management plan
increased the CUZs to 45 percent after consultations with people.
The draft final
plan omitted the CUZs inside the reserve and cut the percentage to 21.
Broekhuis said this was because there were only 17 people left in the reserve
when writing the draft and there was no use in maintaining CUZs in the CKGR.
He said the
draft final management plan did not say anything about the CKGR residents, as
they were only a few remaining behind.
Mpaphi Pumaphi asked whether the draft final plan ignored the residents,
Broekhuis responded; "I will leave that to your interpretation, my
Lord." The case in which the Basarwa have challenged their relocation
from the CKGR continues today.