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VELDT FIRES WORRY GOVERNMENT

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WORRIED: Mokaila

The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila says every individual should take the responsibility in fighting veld fires.
Speaking during a kgotla meeting in Ghanzi recently, Mokaila said it is disturbing that the land is being ravaged by bush fires, adding that in some instances the fire might occur as a result of people who temporarily reside at the bush to harvest some natural resources such as grass.
He said they have received reports that some areas in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR), Kweneng, Kgatleng and Central districts are being ravaged by bush fires.
For his part, Kgosi Botshelo Lekgothu of Ghanzi said it is worrying that every year, the CKGR is raged by veld fires and pleaded for the construction of fire breaks within the park.
Kgosi Lekgothu said the situation is difficult to control.
On other issues, Mokaila urged Ghanzi residents to utilise natural resources as well as their culture to boost tourism in the area.
He said they could form a group and utilise financial assistance programmes under his ministry.
He however cautioned them that tourism needs passion.
“If you do not have a love for it, you would not see the benefits,” he said.
Mokaila said at the moment the government is working on expanding airports to improve accessibility so that tourists could come in large numbers.
Responding to some questions, Mokaila said his ministry has halted the issuance of some licences such as those for motor boats.
Residents complained of some wild animals which they said are killing their animals.
Farmers were advised to look after their cattle and ensure that they keep them in kraals.
The Ghanzi District Council chairperson, Director Tlharese said it is not always easy to look after a large number of cattle, adding that unlike other areas, Ghanzi farmers are faced with the challenge of looking after a huge number of cattle. BOPA