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NLB turns to CDC to assist in collecting rentals

The fourth session of the Central District Full Council meeting, which commenced Monday, started business with the swearing-in of Tshimoyapula/Majwanaadipitse ward councillor, Mr Katholo

Tapologo of the BDP, who was elected during the October bye-election.

The bye-election followed the demise of the then BDP councillor, Mr Mosarwe Leposo in July.

Presenting the land board report to the council on Tuesday, Ngwato Land Board principal land board officer, Mr Goatwemang Shatera requested Central District to assist the organisation with collecting lease rentals.

He said revenue collection remained a big challenge mainly because of reluctance by plot owners to pay their lease rentals while some failed to pay due to inability to develop allocated plots.

He said the land board was owed P72 million in lease rentals, adding that so far they had collected approximately P8 million, which translates to 17.27 per cent.

“This is affecting the land board cash flow, thus affecting execution of planned activities for this financial year,” he noted.

He informed councillors of the re-enactment of the Tribal Land Act of 1968, which was passed by Parliament during its July/ August session.

The re-enactment, he said did not change many of the current provisions of the Tribal Land Act.

“The Deed Act amendment was necessitated by the fact that the land management issues relating to tribal areas had until up to date not been clearly addressed in the deeds registry despite the big area being covered by tribal act.

This land bill has been passed and is awaiting signing and implementation,” he said.

Mr Shatera also indicated that currently 166 423 were on the waiting list for plot allocation by various sub land boards within their area of jurisdiction.

“The applicants in the waiting list will continue to be vetted for eligibility to ensure compliance with Botswana Land Policy provision on equity in distribution of land,” he said. He however noted that their concern was that the waiting list was increasing, since most were selling or had sold their plots and re-applied.

Concerning Makoba Communal Area Fencing Feasibility Study, Mr Shatera noted that the National Policy on Agricultural Development (NPAD) was adopted by government in 1991 and fencing of communal grazing areas was one of the key components.

“The policy aims at improving traditional communal management system for improved beef production at the same time ensuring land use and environmental sustainability,” he stated. He said the District Inter-Ministerial Committee was charged with ensuring implementation of the fencing component through feasibility studies to be done in order to gauge the viability if demarcating and fencing ranches.

Mr Shatera noted that Ngwato Land Board continued implementing the policy as per the Central District Intergrated Land Use Plan zones.

The Makoba Communal Area Fencing Feasibility Study of 2017 he said resulted from Ngwato Land Board’s resolution taken in 2013.

“The specific objective of the land use pattern of the area with regard to arable, grazing, gathering and settlement, was to provide a detailed description of the communities residing in and around the study area with regard to socio-economic characteristics to determine the grazing capacity of the proposed area in order to ascertain the ecological sustainability of developing ranches and to capture the existing water points in the area,” he said. He noted that the study area was defined by imaginary 20km radius from Lethakane arch on the west, intersecting Orapa-Francistown Road and Letlhakane-Serowe Road.

“On the north the study boundary starts 20km radius from arch intersection along the Orapa-Francistown Road up to Thalambele gate, then connects to the Makoba Gate along the cordon fence from Thalambele, then westwards along Serowe-Letlhakane Road and back to the point of origin,” he said.

Mr Shatera said the findings of the study were that there were self-allocated arable farming plots in the zoned field, which tended to be larger than expected. He also indicated that the study reflected that there were two identified ungazetted settlements being Ditawana and Tsutsuga, which were found in the study area, adding that Tsutsuga settlement had graveyards belonging to

Basarwa community who claimed to originate from the area.

“In Tsutsuga, it is recommended that those with ploughing fields be requested to relocate to their ploughing field, while the protection area be provided for the existing graveyards at Ditawana, since exhumation would be more expensive,” he said.

He said the marginalised groups had been encouraged to relocate to Makgaba, with the proposed ranch layout to enclose 70 ranches. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Thuso kgakatsi

Location : SEROWE

Event : full council session

Date : Dec 07 Thu,2017

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