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The rot in the Delta

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 11 September 2018   |   By Thomas Dust Nyoni
The rot in the Delta

Batswana are ill-treated, and paid peanuts Working under poor working conditions Been turned into sexual objects Labor department in their fact finding mission did not dispute this rather Batswana were fired Despite qualified Park Managers, very few Batswana hold high positions in these concessions areas. No regulatory frameworks for those entering the delta on private jets Samples from wildlife animals taken for cloning by these unchecked researchers Poor monitoring by Wildlife on Statistics in these concessions areas The amount of wildlife value not benefitting Batswana! Their families cannot visit them. Wildlife should intensify their surveillance. Figures sent to Wildlife for payments are very wrong Bookings should be regulated and controlled from DWNP Wildlife officers are powerless, and been forcibly removed in doing their mandate after instruction from highest order during the period of 2008 t0 2018 Despite its international significance all is not Well in the delta and surrounding concession areas. Batswana working in these White owned Concession areas are ill-treated and meant to dance to the whites. Working conditions are at the core of paid work and employment relationships. The value of wildlife related function should be there. Unconfirmed reports suggest in certain areas there has been sparks of sexual abuse and turned into sex objects for exchange of American dollars in the context of cultural tourism. Because the pay is so poor, almost all of the employees volunteer to work additional hours or do this inhumane jobs. The number of working conditions is not regulated. I have visited 97% of all the concessions areas in the delta. The international community do not whisper when Batswana have been turned into beggar and sex objects their own country as it was encouraged by the past regime. Where were you Thea and Chase? This RAMSAR site that we love dearly as Batswana! Have you ever spoken about their working conditions? Sad because most of these people stay in the bush for three months without visiting their families, and risks Divorce and contracting HIV. Almost all of the workers live and eat in the lodges where they work. Some of the workers complained about poor-quality food. I have witnessed their sleeping areas are old and dirty and often have uncovered electrical wires! Even the rations that you give them is inhumane. Why are we being treated like this in our country! Up until 1999, they couldn’t vote because the IEC had not done enough, and these people are corced who to vorte in fear of losing their Jobs. Wither Botswana! Rre Masisi re kopa o baakanye Tchaba ya gago e a nyelela. Re a bogisiwa. These are Batswana who ought to be respected. Rre Masisi all the rot doing in the delta should be coded a national disaster and enquiry made by the parliament. Re teng re ka thusa. Re ntse re swela mo teng, re tshaba ka nne re tshelela mo hatsheng la kgathelelo, kgethololo le pogiso. Ba re rumotse re ntsha mosi ka sekhurumelo. The attendant result is that these Low-wage workers increasingly struggle to support themselves and their families with their wages. Abusive employer practices by these Whites and stagnant minimum wages prevent many workers, even those able to find full-time employment, from earning a living wage. Wage theft is rampant: all too often, employers in the delta violate labor and employment laws by failing to pay the minimum wage for all hours worked, refusing to pay overtime, or classifying employees as independent contractors or temporary staff to avoid laws that protect workers. Many low-wage workers often to turn to public benefits to make ends meet to secure such critical work supports as health benefits, food stamps, and child care for working families Mr. President, there are reports or witnesses that most of the Jets do not pass through the CAAB check point and some fly willy-nilly into the delta at night. This is a serious security threat. And they may bring many diseases. Even these boats that these tourists use should be checked or stopped as this would traffic diseases into the delta and oil spills that will threaten the survival of the Delta. Many undesirable elements have been reported by staff working in concessions areas, where lions and cheetah have been chemical immobilized and trafficked to Europe, especially by the rogue researchers. The independent Research Policy of wildlife is not being monitored, and most of these researchers do things that are not in their permits, and release this information to the international community without verification. Some examples of illegal wildlife trade are well known, such as poaching of elephants for ivory and tigers for their skins and bones. However, countless other species are similarly overexploited. Not all wildlife trade is illegal. Wild plants and animals from tens of thousands of species are caught or harvested from the wild and then sold legitimately as food, pets, ornamental plants, leather, tourist ornaments and medicine. Wildlife trade escalates into a crisis when an increasing proportion is illegal and unsustainable—directly threatening the survival of many species in the wild. Illegal wildlife trade is driven by high profit margins and, in many cases, the high prices paid for rare species. Vulnerable wild animals are pushed further to the edge of extinction when nature can’t replenish their stocks to keep up with the rate of human consumption. And this PhD holder like Grace Mugabe knows all these and a beneficiary of such syndicate. Period, lets revoke the licence. Anyone who want to conduct census in Botswana should have wildlife officials as recorder. I mean qualified Wildlife Biologists. Data should remain within Wildlife, and subjected to further scrutiny and review by experts in the field. Now I call Batswana to do this. I am prepared. Wildlife should intensify the research division to make it more responsive and working. In the past wildlife Officials were denied access to these concessions areas and they would be labelled as private entities. Intelligence information from wildlife suggested illegal activities in the areas including poaching. Sadly every time we went there, these “fat bellied” concession mangers will call the “Kgoshikgolo” on his cellphone. I still remember the adrenalin that poured in me, when I talked to him in the cellphone for the first time and he ordered outside the premises. One of the challenging issues that we had to deal with was during escort guides, where Poor wildlife officials were denied to carry hunting rifles despite the ACT permitting so. Only white hunters would carry, but Poor black Batswana would be lead scouts danger of facing charging animals. Many causalities were realized. Check savingram from headquarters in the management division in 2008. Immediately after he ascended. What have we done? Personal interest was always his passion. Lastly as a body of knowledgeable scientists, we request the said researcher to present his findings, method calibration. It was his reckless statements that led to the hunting ban, which was not justified. We love our country.



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