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Bathoen II Nature Management Trust mismanagement mystery unravels

A management committee assigned with overseeing the Bathoen II Dam Nature Sanctuary are trampling on its deed of trust and/or constitution, a classified audit report leaked to Weekend Post has revealed.  

The audit report came as a result of special investigations of the Trust Management books of accounts and operations.

The audit has painted a dire picture of operations by the trust management.  

Bathoen II trust is an initiation by Bangwaketse to manage the morafhe resources which were accumulated during the reign and inspiration of the ex- paramount Chief and visionary leader, the late Kgosikgolo Bathoen Gaseitsiwe II.

Bathoen is the grandfather to the current Kgosikgolo Malope. However the audit report has revealed that there are misappropriations in the trust albeit at the grandson’s watch.
No board elections held since 2001

According to the audit, there are no records to show that any elections were held since the establishment of the trust on the 18th December 2001.

Nevertheless, clause 5.3 of the deed of trust provides for a two year term of office for board members from the date of election.

Some board members have served the trust way beyond the 2 year term – and fall short of almost being life members.

“It is also observable that some board members may have been co-opted as there are no records to show participation of the general members in nominating candidates for election to the board at kgotla meetings,” the audit pointed out.

It has since been acclaimed that the board be dissolved and a new board be elected, adhering to the deed of trust.
Board treasurer still has not been appointed

Furthermore, the audit states that clause 5.12 of the trust’s deed provides that a board member should hold the position of treasurer. However, the records “show that the board has not appointed anyone to hold the position of treasurer.”

Consequently it was highlighted that the board should have a treasurer who has a financial background and, the importance of such position was also emphasised as it can enhance the management and utilization of the trust’s funds.

It was also suggested that the responsibilities of the board as shown in the deeds of trust should be to ensure that financial reports are maintained and audited each year.

No general meetings have been convened so far    

The audit also highlighted that the trust had never held any general meetings, according to minutes availed.

According to the deed of trust clause 11, the board committee members should hold a general meeting once every two months with the Bangwaketse public for consultation and reporting trust business to the general membership.

Clause 11.5 gives other stakeholders such as Kgosi Kgolo Malope Gasitsiwe II or his representative, Ngwaketse Land Board, Councillor, District Administration, Department of

Wildlife and National Parks, Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Range Resources the right to attend all general meetings.

General Meetings are to be held at Kanye main Kgotla and the board should extend the invitation to other stakeholders.  

The involvement of all stakeholders in all stages of management processes was stressed by the audit report.

Take-over of Kanye Brigade marred with contradictions

As it stands, the audit posits that there are neither minutes nor records which show when the trust took over Kanye Brigade Development Trust (KBDT). In addition, information gathered through interviews is not consistent.

“According to telephone conversations with Mr. E Thabeng on the 27/07/2015 at 15:20 hours he mentioned that the takeover was on August 2010,” and while another “conversation with Mr J. Nyarabi on the 27/07/2015 at 15:40 hours he mentioned that the takeover was on August 2011.”

It is understood that, after the takeover the deed of trust was never amended to change the mandate of the trust.

Kgosi Kgolo Malope’s role in the Trust

Kgosi Malope II is a patron to the Trust. Sources close to the Trust have told Weekend Post that he is too soft and too close to the life-long Trust board members and this raises more eyebrows.

“Some of the board members are old folks and also act like advisors to the Kgosi, consequently making it unlikely for him to call them to order – especially for accountability purposes and adherence to the constitution of the trust,” a source close to the developments highlighted.   

Meanwhile, during a lebatla (meeting) called by Kgosi Malope at Kanye main kgotla recently, in the course of questions and comments session, a tribesman cautioned about morafe’s various committees’ noncompliance of their established constitutions.

“There is the Agricultural show committee, museum committee, Mmakgodumo sanctuary committee and others. My only advice is that their constitutions should be strictly observed at all times, as it’s not the case now,” he stressed in a carefully worded warning to the fully packed tribe gathering.

Who are the Trust board members?

Some members who it is understood have associated, served and/or still serve in the Bathoen II Dam Nature Sanctuary Management Trust include the likes of its Chairperson Mr Basiamang Ramokone, Mr Leach Tlhomelang, Ms Lehela Sebonego, Ms Elizabeth Mabe, Mr Frank Ramantele, Mr Pontius Mokgosana, Mr Geoffrey Serebolo, and Stephen Sorinyana.

What valuable assets does Bathoen II Dam Nature Sanctuary oversee?

The infamous Trust owns ample land in the region of 275 139 hectares that encompasses good-looking forest landscape comprising Pharing caves and the famous Bathoen II Dam (also known as Mmakgodumo Dam).

The Sanctuary was to be used as a tourist attraction. Some of the activities that take place in the area include recreational activities, partying, fishing, camping, bird viewing, visitors can also explore the Pharing forestry, Gorge and Cave.

Of recent, the Trust has also acquired the Kanye Brigade Development Trust.

The trust, through some of its notable achievements originated by Bathoen II which make part of the Trust include Marapalalo Hall, the King George Hall, Kanye Library and Tomela Chambers. He also initiated annual agricultural shows, developed thriving co-operative societies, and spearheaded the development of Moshaneng and Kgakgwe mines.

In addition, more assets managed by Bathoen trust also include Mmakgodumo farm and ranch, shops at Kanye Central Business District (CBD) which has been leased out. 

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