The State has taken over the case in which the High Court recently won a marathon land case against Malete Land board by appealing the decision of the High Court.
A panel of three High Court justices Chris Gabanagae, Gabriel Komboni and Michael Mothobi had ruled that a 200 portion-hectare of portion of Farm Forest Hill 9-KO is under the ownership of Gamalete Development Trust and Balete tribe. But the Attorney General has taken over the case from Gamalete Land Board as it is now appealing the decision of the High Court.
In its appeal application, the Attorney General says the High Court erred with respect, in finding that the land held in terms of Transfer Number 387 in respect of Remainder of the Farm Forest Hill 9-KO vested, not in the Bamalete Land Board but in the Balete tribe.
According to the Attorney General, in circumstances in which the Court had in in Quarries of Botswana Pty) LTD Vs Gamalete Development Trust and Others 2011() BLR 497, expressly found that ownership of that land did not vest in the Bamalete tribe.
“In circumstances in which the Court of Appeal had, in Quarries of Botswana (Pty) Limited vs Gamalete Development Trust and others found that the statutory termination of Balete freehold title to the and in question and the vesting of the land in Third Respondent (Malete Landboard) was not unconstitutional,” the Attorney General argues.
The State says the High Court erred with respect, in finding that the land held in terms of Deeds of Transfer Number 367 in respect of the Remainder of the Farm Hill 9-KO was not included in the Bamalete Tribal Territory in circumstances in which the Court of Appeal, had in Quarries of Botswana (PTY) Limited v Gamalete Development Trust and others expressly found that the land had been so included.
The Attorney General said the High Court was bound by the Court of Appeal in Quarries of Botswana vs Gamalete Development Trust and others and lacked authority to depart from therefrom. The Attorney General said the High Court erred with respect, in finding the decision of the Court of Appeal in Quarries of Botswana (PTY) Limited v Gamalete Development Trust and others was wrong for the decision of the Court of Appeal was with respect, perfectly right.
The State says that the High Court also erred, with respect in finding that the decision of the Court of Appeal in Quarries of Botswana (Pty) Limited Vs Gamalete Development Trust and others and in so far as it has sought and has done so , that decision not being distinguishable ‘
“The Court a quo (High Court) erred with respect, in finding that the land in question did not immediately upon its acquisition in 1925, become a part of and all within Bamalete Tribal Territory.” Argues the Attorney General.
The State also states that, “alternatively, the Court of below erred with respect, in finding that the main purpose of the Tribal Land Act was “…to remove the powers of the Chiefs in respect of Land Administration in Tribal Territories and give the same powers to Land Boards” if the reference to Tribal Territories is intended to exclude any land owned by a Tribe which has a tribal Territories, the purposes of the Act being to vest ALL LNAD owned by any Tribe or Tribal Community and by whatever description it is held in the appropriate Tribal Land Board.”
The Attorney General prays that Gamalete Development Trust be directed to forthwith deliver the floating copy of Deed of Transfer Number 387 in respect of farm Forest Hill 9-KO passed in favour of the Registrar of Deeds for cancellation.
With the advent of COVID-19, mental health and psychosocial has become a major concern around the world. There is significant increase in the rates of stress, anxiety and depression globally.
In creating awareness and support on mental health and psychosocial support, the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development, through the Department of Social Protection (DSP) hosted a virtual regional mental health and Psychosocial Support Forum (MHPSS).
The MHPSS Forum brings together stakeholders from different sectors providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services particularly to children, youth, families and the workforce, as well as Academia, International Cooperating Partners, Community Implementing Partners and the media.
It aims to facilitate learning, information exchange and advocacy to promote mainstreaming of Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (PSS) into policies, programmes, services and funding priorities for children and youth in Botswana.
The event is a partnership between The Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development, through the Department of Social Protection (DSP), and the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), with Project Concern International Botswana (PCI) and Marang Child Care Network Trust (MCCNT).
The event is held every two years, and Botswana started hosting the Forum in 2014. The theme for this year is ‘Innovate, Integrate, Thrive,’ which prompts us to find new ways to survive the COVID-19 pandemic which we can mainstream into our daily activities.
The Northern Regional Forum in Mahalapye was held on 17-19 August 2021 while the Southern Regional Forum in Ghanzi, was from 21-23 September 2021. Findings from both regions will be presented at the National Forum to be held in Kasane on 12-14 October 2021. The event is held in collaboration with local authorities in each region.
The event is structured in this manner: The first day is a Special Session for Children, where children in the region will talk about the challenges they face that affect their mental health, how they cope and what they think can be done to support them.
The second day is the official opening where the lead ministry gives a keynote address, and presentations from service providers in the region. The third and last day is abstract presentations from different speakers on thematic areas under the theme.
The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will hold a Hybrid GMES and Africa Regional workshop from 27 – 29 September 2021, at Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES & Africa) Initiative is a programme formed out of mutual cooperation between Africa and Europe with a focus on Earth Observation (EO) systems.
It was formed to respond to the global need to manage the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security by providing information to policymakers, scientists, private sector and the public. GMES and Africa aims to promote development of local capacities, institutional, human and technical resources for access to and exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) based services on an operational basis for sustainable development in Africa.
In its first phase, GMES has funded 13 consortiums in Africa. In Southern African, SASSCAL-led consortia is implementing the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Service for Transboundary Basins in Southern Africa (WeMAST) Project while CSIR is leading the Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MARCOSouth). SASSCAL Members of the consortium include the University of Botswana, University of Zambia, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape and Midlands State University, South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of Zambia.
CSIR led consortium includes ABALOBI, Benguela Current Convention, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, National Sea Rescue Institute, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Eduardo Mondlane and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association).
The workshop will also provide an opportunity to promote and encourage mutual exchanges in terms of sharing best practices, knowledge and experiences as well as allow for the exchange of information and knowledge on new and innovative Earth Observation technologies developed under the programmes and their alignment with the region’s sustainable development strategies.
The workshop will also reveal trends in the use of earth observation data to monitor and assess wetland conditions, threats to sustainable utilisation of wetland resources as well as updating stakeholders on how climate change variability and drought is continually affecting Sub-Saharan Africa’s surface water resources.
The workshop’s envisaged outcomes will be to ensure shared knowledge and understanding of the new and innovative Earth Observation technologies, and their application to society. Expected to visit is a broader pool of international delegates from the two continents (Europe and Africa) both physically and virtual.
This includes the member countries policy makers, line ministers from the SADC countries, public and private sector stakeholders, implementers, Basin Commissions, researchers, and any other stakeholders whose activities are related to coastal areas, rivers, and their ecosystems.
Some vendors have been misled Vendors thrive on households goods and fresh produce
Despite the previous false allegations that the Tobacco Control Bill will lead to several 20 000 vendors across the country losing their jobs, several local vendors have expressed that they are ready for the bill and because vendors sell mostly household goods
“This is something that we openly accept and receive as street vendors, the problem is some of our counterparts were misled and made to believe that we will not be allowed to sell cigarettes on our stalls.
Some of us got to understand that the bill states that we have to be licensed to sell cigarettes, we are not supposed to sell them to children under the age of 18 years of age and eliminating the selling of single sticks. We understand that this agenda is meant to develop a healthy nation but not take us down,” said Mbimbi Tau a vendor who operates from Mogoditshane.
The Tobacco Control Bill has been passed in several countries and street vendors are operating properly without any challenges faced. Tau further mentioned that there is no way that the Tobacco Control Bill will affect their business operations, all they have to do as vendors are to get the required documentation and do what the bill requires.
Another vendor Busani Selalame who operates from Gaborone Bonnington North was not shy to express his support towards the Tobacco Control Bill, “the problem is that some people within our sector have been misled and now they think that the bill is meant to take our operations down and completely stop selling cigarettes.
I support the fact that we are not supposed to sell cigarettes to children who are under the age of 18 years of age this has always been wrong, as parents we should be cautious of such and ensure that our children are disassociated with cigarettes,” said Selalame.
The Tobacco Control Bill prohibits advertising, promotion and sponsorship by the tobacco industry to prevent messages, cues, and other inducements to begin using tobacco, especially among the youth, to reassure users to continue their use, or that otherwise undermine quitting.
Renowned economist Bakang Ntshingane is of the view that since vendors sell household goods and fresh produce they are likely to keep on making profits despite what the Tobacco Control Bill comes with. He further stated that the Tobacco Control Bill will not be of harm on the local economy since the country does not manufacture or produce any tobacco related products.