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Maele steps up land repossession crusade

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Prince Maele – the Minister of Lands and Housing – waxed lyrical before the special full Council meeting of the  Francistown City Council on Friday that President Ian Khama had commended him for reclaiming undeveloped land for reallocation.

The Ministry had even repossessed some undeveloped plots belonging to the state something which he said the first citizen applauded. “When I wrote a Cabinet memo to Parliament wanting to repossess government undeveloped plots at Gaborone CBD, my colleagues and even immediate juniors at work were left shocked as they did not believe that my actions would be approved. Anyhow, I had a strong feeling that what I was about to do was procedural and lawful since the government had five such plots which had been idle for a very long time,” he said.

But when his cabinet memo was read, the President asked him if he was really serious with his bold move to repossess undeveloped state plots and he explained his decision and, lo and behold, the President had no qualms. “The president then informed those present that my memo was the best cabinet memorandum to have been issued under his rule. He even informed them that there was no point for the state to have another government enclave,” the Minister bragged. He said that at the time he wrote the memo, there were five undeveloped government plots and three for embassies at the Gaborone CBD.

“Following the green light from President Khama, I then called all permanent secretaries whose land was affected and directed them to develop the plots by the 31 December 2015 failing which the government will reclaim the land for reallocation. The German Embassy then informed my Ministry that they won’t be able to develop their plot due to financial constraints and they have since given up their land rights back to the state. This is a clear sign that everybody including the government will have to develop or face repossession, “the Minister warned.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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