Tau, the first livestock guarding dog (LSGD) in Ghanzi at our demonstration farm has been with CCB from the beginning of the project in 2010 and he has been a loyal member of the CCB team. Mid July, we had to say goodbye to him due to an injury and introduced Junior Tau as our new LSGD. Tau Jnr will be working alongside Phiri, the elder, in protecting the CCB herd as usual. Ditiro Mmolotsi, as the herd manager is working around the clock to make sure that Tau Jnr will be trained and adapt well in his new role. We wish them all the best!
CCB yet again made an appearance at the 2013 Botswana Consumer Trade Fair with a mission of raising awareness for predator conservation and showcases the services it provides to farmers and schools. As one of the biggest fairs in Botswana, 2013 was not an exception, as it also pulled in visitors and exhibitors from throughout Southern Africa. The week long fair was filled with fun, while exhibitors shared information and sold their products and services to the public. CCB took position three on the category of NGO’s and the fair was attended by Administration officer, Ms. Boitumelo Mokgosi, Marketing officer, Ms. Connie Sebati and Research officer, Mr. Phale Phale.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana attended the Southern Region Environmental Fair in Gaborone on the 13th of July 2013. The event was organized by Association of Environmental Clubs of Botswana in Gaborone under the theme “Indigenous knowledge: Key to Poverty Eradication and Sustainability”. The main objective of this fair was to promote sustainable indigenous conservation practices in the recent times and also to contribute to the awareness of the general public towards the environmental problems and solutions. Other stakeholders which attended this event were Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control, schools of all levels, District Commissioner’s Office, and Ministry of Education, Skills and Development. On display were environmental education projects exhibitions by students, stall visits by participants, quizzes and debates for students and storytelling by the elderly people from Tlokweng village who attended on indigenous practices of the past that encouraged conservation of resources. CCB’s Education Officer Ms Keneilwe Mathaba was interviewed by media team from E-Botswana Television station during the day.
In 2012, Mr. Douglas Thamage attended a 2 week long training with Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) in Uganda where they learned to use economics to be more strategic and successful in their planning and development efforts related to infrastructure and the environment. One of the outputs of the Uganda training was for the represented countries to develop a small economics project in their home countries. CCB has since submitted a cost benefit analysis of conflict mitigation methods draft proposal to CSF, and Ms. Rhona Barr from CSF is assisting in helping to finalise the methods. Rhona paid a visit to CCB Ghanzi camp and had the opportunity to visit the Kacgae pilot conflict mitigation project. The main purpose of the visit was to help CCB refine the proposal and assist in the development of the cost benefit analysis. The project will be based on the information being collected from the Kacgae project. She will be working on reviewing the existing/historical data, methodology design and the work plan.We look forward to working with CSF!