Fears in Post CKGR Relocation Period
to the web May 27, 2005
of Wildlife and National Parks, Joseph Matlhare has described the aftermath of
relocation from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) as 'sensitive times'.
He told the High Court in Lobatse that people had just moved out of the CKGR
and there was a fear that they would undermine government's relocation
efforts. Hence, he sought the input of his Permanent Secretary (PS). He said
the response of the PS tallied with his views.
He added that
in the aftermath of the relocation, there were people bent on trying to get
others back into the reserve.
He said a
letter from a certain Amogelang Segootsane requesting for permission to
transport large amounts of water into CKGR raised concern in his department
because of the manner in which it was written. The letter had sought for
permission for 'us' to use different vehicles for bringing water into the
reserve. He said at the time, he knew there were organisations campaigning
against relocation from British NGO Survival International and Ditshwanelo of
permission to his deputy Jan Broekhuis to reply the letter and grant
permission to Segootsane.
He said that it
was not a normal activity to have water in large quantities moved into the
reserve on a daily basis unless there was a construction project and there was
no water on site.
He said that
his department was not responsible for relocating people from the CKGR as this
was under the Ministry of Local Government. He said their role was to escort
those relocating as some were scared of wild animals.
He said special
game licences were given to those outside the reserve. But since the
government had taken a position not to provide the remaining people in the
reserve with services, they were not given the special game licences.
distinctions between wildlife management areas, controlled hunting areas and
protected areas. He explained that the whole country is a controlled hunting
area where one is required to have a permit to hunt.
permits are seasonal. He said the wildlife management areas calls for
sustainable utilisation of wildlife.
areas such as game reserves and national parks require total preservations of
wildlife and does not permit consumption or utilisation of resources.
He said that
people live in controlled hunting areas and wildlife management areas but not
in protected areas - game reserve and national parks - unless they have a
17 percent of Botswana is protected land. He said the percentage is high in
Botswana for better protection of wildlife.