Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOTSWANA GOVERNMENT GAZZETTE

TENDER INVITATIONS FOR THE NORTH WEST DISTRICT COUNCIL (NWDC)
1. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC.3.2014- Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers invited for the electrical wiring and installation works at Legotlhwane Primary School. Pg. 5882, Second Publication.

2. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC/10/2014-Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrification of Gumare, Kelekele and Tubu Primary Schools. Pg. 5883, Second Publication.

3. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC/11/2014-Civil and Mechanical Installation Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrical wiring and installation works at Etsha 6 and Etsha 13 Primary Schools. Pg. 5884, Second Publication.

4. Tender No. NDWC/ELEC/12/2014-Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrical wiring and installation works at Shakawe and Mohembo Primary Schools. Pg. 5885, Second Publication.

5. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC/13/2014-Civil and Electrical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrical wiring and installation works at Nokaneng Primary School. Pg. 5886, Second Publication.

6. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC/14/2014-Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrical wiring and installation works at Matlapana and Tawana Primary Schools. Pg. 5887, Second Publication.

7. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC/15/2014-Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrical reticulation from Government Revenue Feeder Pillar to Blue Block in Rural Administration Center. Pg. 5888, Second Publication.

8. Tender No. NWDC/ELEC/9/2014-Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (Electrical Division)

Tender offers are invited for the electrical wiring and installation works at Botswelelo and Sekgoma Primary Schools. Pg. 5889, Second Publication.

9. Tender No. NWDC/OK/LS/01/2014 Okavango Sub-District Legal Services, Bye Law Division

Tender offers are invited for supply and installation of CCTV surveillance system to Okavango Sub-District Council. Pg. 5891, Second Publication.

10. Tender No. NWDC/MAA/SEC/01/2014 Legal Services, Bye Law Division

A service contract for the procurement of provision of security services over a period of 12 months at various facilities owned by Maun Administration Authority. Pg. 5927, First Publication.
Volume LII, No. 50 of 5th September, 2014 ISSN 2311-956X

KNOW YOUR LAWS: SUPPLEMENT A-AMENDMENTS OF BW ACTS
Botswana Defence Force (Amendment) Act, 2014-Act No. 19 of 2014……………………………………………..A.105
Presidential Elections (Supplementary Provisions) (Amendment) Act, 2014-Act No. 20 of 2014…….A.107
Judicial Services Act, 2014-Act No. 21 of 2014………………………………………………………………………….A.109-113
Companies (Amendment) Act, 2014-Act No. 22 of 2014…………………………………………………………….A115-117
Botswana Telecommunications Corporations (Transition) (Amendment) Act, 2014-Act No.23 of 2014………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………A119
Counter-Terrorism Act, 2014-Act No. 21 of 2014………………………………………………………………………A.121-142
Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act, 2014-Act No. 25 of 2014………………………………………………..A.143-160
Securities Act, 2014-Act No. 26 of 2014…………………………………………………………………………………….A.161-195
Retirement Funds Act, 2014-Act No.27 of 2014…………………………………………………………………………A.197-227
Proceeds and Instruments of Crime Act, 2014-Act No.28 of 2014……………………………………………..A.229-271
Botswana Geoscience Institute Act, 2014-Act No. 29 of 2014……………………………………………………A.273-290
Botswana National Sport Commission Act, 2014-Act No. 30 of 2014…………………………………………A.291-308
Forensic Procedures Act, 2014-Act No. 31 of 2014…………………………………………………………………….A.309-328
Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2014-Act No. 32 of 2014……………………………………………………………….A.329-343

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ORI educate farmers on optimal ranch management



The Okavango Research Institute (ORI) hosted a farmers’ workshop on the 4th of September 2014 which was facilitated by Dr Richard Fynn Range Ecologist. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the concept of optimal ranch management and how to implement these strategies.
A key area for research in the Ngamiland region is livestock and rangeland management to serve the important livestock industry of Botswana. Research lead by Dr Fynn both locally and in collaboration with international range ecologists has led to important advancements on optimal strategies for rangeland management that improve livestock production and profitability that includes range improvement.
Dr Fynn presented to farmers improved and profitable ways they could use to run their ranches. He explained how they can increase grass productivity on their ranches, and added that good grazing management practices can increase productivity. He emphasized that grass needs a year to rest after grazing in order to recover optimal nutrients and length. Farmers were encouraged to divide their ranches into two sections, where animals could graze during the dry and wet seasons. They were told that the one section of the ranch should be   left to rest and used as a reserve for the dry season. Dr Fynn explained that this ranch management strategy ensures that animals have food all year round even during the drought season.
He also pointed out that this concept is ideal for rural farmers or farmers with new ranches who cannot afford financial outlays of fencing.  He stated out that this ranching system has been put in place in South Africa and that great results are being experienced with large increases in profitability and improvement of rangeland condition and productivity.
Dr Fynn emphasized that he believes that this rangeland management strategy is the way forward for cattle ranching in Africa, especially where there is a need for the development of low cost and practical ways to implement ranching. It also provides good flexibility for adaptation to more variable and less reliable rainfall under climate change.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Appointment of Prof Masamba as ORI Director!!!

Prof WRL Masamba has been appointed as ORI Director with immediate effect. Lets take this opportunity to congratulate Prof Masamba on his appointment.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cultural tourism could diversify economy - tribal leader

Kgosi Kebatshwaretse Phetsogang of Mmatshumu in Boteti Sub-District has advocated for the inclusion of cultural tourism in Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) as a way of diversifying the economy of the country and creating employement.
''I saw it when we had gone on a benchmarking trip to Namibia; young ladies with exposed breasts nipples protuding eye catchingly, wearing their traditional clothes. They just stood there without a word. They had the company of an elderly woman who explained the meaning of their outfit to visitors. Whoever got information or photographed them paid,'' explained Phetsogang in an interview after the launch of Gumakutshaa Trust, a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Letlhakane last week.
He explained that even though the looks of the female body features may be tempting to men, it does not go anywhere near to sex work. These, he said are some of the possible types of tourism CBOs might explore to ensure diversification of projects. His comments followed a presentation by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Officer, Mmoloki Pule, who had adviced members of the new CBO that was launched that though they are near the Makgadikgadi where Avi Tourism is the most viable, exploring other opportunities was crucial.
Read more in the latest SundayStandard http://www.sundaystandard.info/

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Birdlife Botswana empowers

Birdlife Botswana last week Thursday launched tourism oriented projects in Letlhakane, Boteti Sub- District by bringing various stakeholders to ensure beneficiaries do not go off track. Although several projects might be undertaken in the area given the villages’ proximity to pans (Makgadikgadi Pans) where birds breed, bird-led projects are the first to be counted on. Birdlife Botswana Director, Dr. Kabelo Senyatso, highlighted during the launch of Gumakutshaa Community Trust, a new Community Based Organization covering three villages of Mmea, Mosu and Mokubilo that after lengthy consultations with communities in the area they, helped them discover the fruitful resources within their locality.
Among those facilitating the event was the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), an institution
established by Act of Parliament in 2004 with the main focus on citizen empowerment through implementation of policies for promotion and development of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). “Every entrepreneur needs to identify a sound opportunity. To identify opportunities, one needs to among others; collect information on resource base, collect information on opportunity identification exercises like brain storming. Read news papers and make observations as you travel and attend events,” explained Onalenna Mmatli, LEA Business Advisor based in Serowe.
He advised participants to create vision, determine what they are good at and what they would like to do.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maun Educational Park not fraudulently obtained

Lands and Housing Minister Lebonaamang Mokalake has dismissed allegations of fraud by Tawana Land Board in transferring Maun Educational Park (MEP) into government ownership.
Answering questions in parliament on Tuesday, Mokalake said there is no fraud committed by the land board when leasing the land to government. “There is no sanction on Tawana Land Board,” said Mokalake.
Mokalake was answering Kgosi Tawana Moremi who is also the Maun West legislator.
In an ongoing tussle with government over MEP, Moremi asked Mokalake to explain whether the Land Board has documentation showing that MEP was the property of Fauna Conservation Society.
He asked the minister if he was aware that the same board had no record of transfer with regard to the MEP. He had also asked if any sanction was available for the fraud of the land board on the community of Ngamiland. The minister said the land board does not have any documentation that shows that the park was a property of Fauna Conservation Society.
“The land board does not have a record of the transfer with regard to Maun Educational Park,” he said.
Parliament learnt that the park was leased to government through a memorandum of agreement of lease.
“This was not in any way a transfer, but an allocation to the government. The certificate signed by Tawana Land Board chairman is that no customary rights existed with respect to the piece of land described in the lease,” he said.
Maun Educational Park has been a bone of contention between Batawana and government.
Last month, Voice Money reported that in October last year, Moremi approached the Office of the President seeking a reversal of the ownership of both the Maun Educational Park and the Moremi Game Reserve.
Batawana wanted the ownership to be handed back to Ngamiland Fauna Conservation Society which had been administering both areas on behalf of the tribe since 1963.
Batawana’s efforts to claim their property suffered a setback when government made some directives for some natural resources to be under government control.
In November 1971, the director of wildlife and national parks applied for additional land to increase the area of the Maun Zoological Park on behalf of the Fauna Conservation Society of Ngamiland.
The approval of the lease of the land was apparently communicated by the Tawana Land Board later in November 1972.
It is said the signing of the lease agreement did not entail any withdrawal of rights, hence Kgosi Letsholathebe or his successor were not consulted on such a matter.
To claim back their land, Batawana had a Kgotla meeting with the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama towards the end of last year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Community trusts face collapse as hunting ban bites

Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has not yet delivered on its earlier promise that it would financially assist community trusts that were dependent on revenue from hunting during the duration of the hunting ban. In an interview with Sunday Standard, Onkeme Mmolainyana of Mababe Community Trust in Ngamiland revealed that when the hunting ban was imposed, officials from the Ministry came and assured them that it will not affect them in any way because the trusts will be given assistance so that they stay afloat.
‘’Officials from the ministry came and assured us that we will be assisted financially for a short period to help us during this transition from hunting safaris to photographic safari. That was the last time we saw them. They never came back to us and we have not been assisted in any way’’ he said.
He also revealed that the officers informed them that the money would be available immediately as it was to sourced from the National Environmental Fund. He said they were very hopeful that they would continue operating with no hurdles, only to be disappointed after the government officials failed to deliver on the promise.
Read more in the latest Sunday Standard http://www.sundaystandard.info/article.php?NewsID=20577&GroupID=1