Botswana: Land Board Vets Over 400 000 Applications

Serowe — Ngwato Land Board waiting list has been captured in a computer database and will be vetted with view to remove applicants who already have plots elsewhere in the country.

Central District Council chairperson, Mr Peter Williams, told a full council meeting in Serowe that the computerised database was ready for migration to the Land Information System (LIS).

The waiting, which stands at 417 053, has been displayed at various customary court premises and sub-land board offices for public viewing, the chairperson said.

From this figure, 411 614 applications were for residential plots whilst 5 439 were for agricultural use.

On other issues, Mr Williams said Ngwato Land Board had submitted 47 base maps to physical planners for design of plot layouts.

Of these 47 base maps, 28 were at council physical planning whilst 19 had been submitted to department of town and country planning.

Mr Williams further informed councillors that progress in the implementation of systematic land registration project at Ngwato Land Board stood at 48 per cent.

"The land board has opened 480, 046 individual plot files and surveyed 309 465 plots in built-up areas," said Mr Williams who also said plots signage was placed in all villages despite some shortfalls encountered during placing of signage.

To remedy the situation, Mr Williams said the discrepancies will be covered once the department of surveys and mapping had printed all missing signage. These plot numbers could be used during registration for the 2019 general elections, Mr Williams said.

Challenges facing the land board, Mr Williams said, included costs and challenges associated with undertaking of strategic environmental assessment, disputes arising from compensation figures determined for acquisition of land by plot owners whose land is repossessed in the public interest were amongst the core impediments. BOPA

Source: BOPA

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