[botswanapredatorforum] Re: Ghantzi Road Fence

The easiest way to get the name of the company is to stop and ask the workers 
doing the job along the road. Alternatively, the PPADB is required to disclose 
to any member of the public the identity of the winner of any tender.
When you have the company name, you go to the office of the registrar of 
companies and ask the name of the company secretary.
The company secretary is required by law to disclose the names of all current 
shareholders in the company. This was the mechanism used to identify Ndelu 
Seretse and lay him open to a corruption charge.
Richard White 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Pete Le Roux 
  To: botswanapredatorforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Cc: <botswanapredatorforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
  Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 7:23 PM
  Subject: [botswanapredatorforum] Re: Ghantzi Road Fence


  Does anybody have the name of the fencing contracting company.  I would 
suggest that further investigation is necessary before a hand is played?




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  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:
      1.. 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. 
      2.. 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??

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