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Botswana to establish elephant meat canning

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Among the suite of recommendations emerging from the Cabinet Sub Committee on Hunting Ban Social Dialogue, is that there be introduced regular but limited elephant culling.

Additionally the country will also establish elephant meat canning, including production of pet food and processing into other by-products. Speaking to the media last Friday after he had handed the sub-committee’s report to President Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi – Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Frans Van Der Westhuizen, explained that elephant culling is in fact not an alien concept.

He said that Botswana is allowed a quota of elephant culling- although he did not say how much – under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) but that this was stopped as a result of the ban on wildlife hunting that was imposed in 2014 by the administration of former president, Lt. Gen Ian Khama. CITES is a global agreement between governments that regulates and monitors international trade in species under threat and acts as a cornerstone of international conservation. Botswana is home to many of the world’s largest living animals such as elephants; hippopotami, rhinos, including the cat family – lions, cheetahs and leopards.

Minister Westhuizen’s sub-committee has also recommended that the ban on hunting, which was across all wildlife species, be lifted. However, no timeframe was given as to when the ban will be lifted because the report still has to be scrutinised by the president, his cabinet, Parliament and shared with members of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.

Other recommendations include developing a legal framework that will create an enabling environment for growth of safari hunting industry. Minister Westhuizen explained that once lifted, the ban will be implemented through wildlife laws. He indicated that a new framework would have to be involved that caters for the needs of communities in areas demarcated as communal hunting areas and wildlife management areas.

It is also proposed that the management of Botswana elephant population be carried out within its historic ranges as well as engage the department of wildlife and national parks to undertake an effective community outreach programme within the elephant range for human-elephant conflict mitigation.

Such mitigation could include construction of strategically placed human wildlife conflict fences in key hotspot areas; compensation for damage and destruction caused by wildlife; as well as the review of ex gratia amounts and the list of species that attract compensation. It is further proposed that all wildlife migratory routes that are not beneficial to the country’s conservation efforts be closed in order to avoid losing our wildlife to other countries through migration.

The sub-committee recommends that the Kgalagadi southwesterly antelope migratory route into South Africa should be closed by demarcating game ranches between the communal areas and Kgalagadi Wildlife Management Areas. President Dr. Masisi expressed gratitude to the sub-committee and promised to read the report.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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