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Batlokwa win land allocation case

The appeal case in which some Batlokwa tribesmen challenged the decision of the Tlokweng Land Board to physically allocate 285 plots through a raffle, ended cheerfully for the 17 appellants this week at the Land Tribunal offices in Gaborone.

Although the matter was settled out of court, a binding agreement – court order – was drafted by both parties during what was supposed to be a court case at Land Tribunal offices.

The appellants and the Tlokweng Land Board met and agreed to settle the matter between themselves.

In their settlement agreement, in the form of a court order, it ruled in the tribesmen’s favour – thus compelling the Tlokweng Land Board to process their applications straight away.

“The appellants shall apply to the land board for allocation of residential tribal land at the next set of allocations for tribal land undertaken by the land board,” reads the agreement in part.

It was further agreed that, “the Appellants’ individual applications shall be considered in terms of the Tribal Land Act Cap 32:02 and the prevailing policy of the First Respondent at the time of acceptance of applications. Appellants that qualify shall be allocated a residential plot by the First Respondent.”

In the matter Thatayaone Matlapeng and 16 others, who were the appellants, had sued the Tlokweng Land Board (cited as first respondents), challenging their decision to allocate the 285 plots in the area. The matter was registered at the Land tribunal court under case no. 094/2014. The second and third respondents were the South East District Council and Attorney General respectively.

Attorney Kabelo Nkwe acted for the appellants while Tshiamo Motsumi represented the Tlokweng Land Board. The South East District Council was represented by Busang Leburu. Yarona Sharp stood in for the Attorney General.

This publication understands that the Batlokwa land brawl case can be traced to 2009 when the appellants were interviewed for land allocation. However, the first raffle was conducted in 2011 amid controversy.

The next raffle in 2012 caused even more controversy and friction between the Land Board and residents, forcing the aggrieved tribesmen to seek the Land Tribunal’s intervention despite initial uncertainties about its jurisdiction. The Tribunal finally were to meet this week and an out of court settlement ruled in favour of the appellants.

Despite having settled the matter out of court, it was initially referred to the Land Tribunal as it was established to hear and determine appeals’ emanating from decisions of the land boards in Botswana on issues of tribal land such as was the case with controversial Tlokweng land.

Although the matter was won by the 17 appellants in the disputed 285 plots, this means 268 who were part of the raffle were left out in the lurch.

The Land Tribunal was established by an order under Section 40 of the Tribal Land Act in September 1995 and it officially commenced operation in October 1997. It started operating in Gaborone in April 2005 and later spread to Palapye.

As its vision, the land tribunal prides itself in promoting fair adjudication of tribal land disputes and appeals as it did with regard to those that pursued the Tlokweng 285 plots dispute.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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