Does anybody have the name of the fencing contracting company. I would suggest that further investigation is necessary before a hand is played? Sent from my iPad On 13 Aug 2011, at 1:23 PM, "Richard White" <rhwhite@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > The original EIA study (which I wrote) strongly advocated that the road > should not be fenced and Doug ??? who was Chief Biologist in DWNP in the > 1980's said that fencing the road would destroy any chance of rebuilding > wildlife populations in the western sandveld. > The problem here is two-fold: > A DWNP that hasn't got its eye on the ball and frankly lacks the professional > capability to appraise the impact of this type of development objectively. > A Minister of Transport with an agenda that excludes such considerations. > Johnny Swartz (previous Minister of Transport) told me many years ago that > the road would be fenced and the project was initiated when he was Minister > of Transport. You should look into the possibility that he has a vested > interest (shares in a fencing contractor is one possibility). > If you want to stop it at this stage, an approach to the President is your > only hope. > Richard White > ----- Original Message ----- > From: mark > To: botswanapredatorforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:32 PM > Subject: [botswanapredatorforum] Ghantzi Road Fence > > Does anybody have any information on the Ghantzi road fence?? > > I am aware that a few years ago, some organisation (WCS??) sponsored a EURO 5 > million study looking at the wildlife corridor between CKGR and KTP, and > worked with the communities in those areas. I think ex DWNP director Mr Sedia > Modisa was involved. Anyway, there is now a double bonnox fence with barbed > wire running on both sides of the Jwaneng to Ghantzi road, which is a fairly > effective barrier to wildlife movement in these areas I am sure. The fence, > by its markings is not simply near villages but is marked or being > constructed in the WMas too. > > A few questions. > > I thought that some vestiges of a migratory route for the few wildebeeste > left in CKGR moves across between Sekgoma and Kang. I have seen wild dogs, > lion and cheetah crossing this section of road in the last 10 years, as well > as Hartebeeste and Springbok? > > Why is the reserve not being fenced with normal barbed wire. A five strand > barbed wire fence inhibits cattle but not wildlife?? > > Dos DWNP know of the existence of this fence, and was the WCS?? study made > available to the roads department?? > > This to me seems another study done, and placed on a shelf to retain dust and > not be shared between ministries??