Maun — A delegation from the European Union (EU) has hailed the Batawana royal family for upholding Tswana traditions and culture.
The delegation, which was on a five-day visit to Maun, paid a courtesy call on Kgosi Kealetile Moremi and her uncles.
They learned about the kgotla system and appreciated issues of national interests, particularly the human-wildlife conflict as well as other developments and challenges encountered by the community.
The delegation was impressed with the kgotla set-up and how bogosi related with other local authorities, Members of Parliament and the community.
They also expressed delight at the way bogosi instilled discipline among young people who misbehaved.
Ambassador Jan Sadek, who is also head of the EU to Botswana and SADC, explained that they decided to visit regions to appreciate how developments were implemented.
He said they selected Maun because they saw the village as a key area for developments, especially that it was a tourism destination and a gateway to the Okavango Delta.
He said another area of interest was the beef industry, noting that Botswana beef was exported to the EU markets hence the need to appreciate how production was taking place at the farms.
Mr Sadek also revealed that they would have an opportunity to meet with other stakeholders in areas related to natural resources management, including wildlife, human wildlife conflict, tourism and trans-boundary water management among others.
Mr Sadek said the tourism and beef sectors had the potential to grow and contribute to the diversification of the economy, saying Botswana relied on diamonds as 97 per cent of diamonds were exported to the EU while beef was only two per cent.
Welcoming the delegation, Kgosi Moremi briefed them about Maun, saying it was the capital of Ngamiland and has 44 wards led by headmen of arbitration. She said bogosi relate well with other local authorities, existing structures and the community.
Source : BOPA