Friday 24 September 2021
"The world's third largest rough diamond was presented this week in New York. The still unnamed stone weighs 1175 carats. Two years ago, the Sewelo diamond was found in the same Karove mine in Botswana: 1758 carats. But the Cullinan remains unsurpassed. At about 3106 carats, it was mined in South Africa in 1906. The Cullinan was finally cleaved and cut into nine separate stones. Some ended up in the British crown jewels. The diamond now found will be auctioned soon. Then it is determined in how much it can be split. Together with this find, from the same mine, two slightly smaller rough diamonds of more than 1000 carats have been presented. More of these large stones are expected to be found in the coming years. Since 2015, the Karowe mine has been using X-ray equipment to locate huge diamonds in the soil."
Source: Daily Newspaper Trouw, The Netherlands, September 24, 2021.
With the large yield of this diamond, the Botswana government could make a substantial inventory in Botswana education and social work.
The delivery time for parcels is 7 - 25 working days. One parcel which we sent on 8 January should have been delivered on 12 February the latest, but had not arrived on 4 April. Another parcel was sent on 11 January and delivered on 11 March. A parcel which we sent in 2013 took 5 months to arrive. I have heard of a parcel which needed 8 months to be delivered.
Extra "customs and handlingcharges" in Botswana. These were for the delivered parcel (value € 300) Pula 1.824,15. As import duty is 21 %. this should have been about Pula 824. If import duty has to be paid on a present anyway. One can put a lower value on the parcel, but the insurance will pay less if the parcel is lost or damaged. Pay attention. The customs in Botswana do not understand the Dutch language. If it is a present, write in large letter: PRESENT/ GIFT on the form.
UK based rights group Survival International renews fight against Botswana government. The charge was subsistence agriculture (corn, beans, watermelon and pumpkins) and hunting by the San in het CKGR. The government is of the opinion that there are enough natural products in the CKGR, plus the foodbasket the San are allowed to receive, to live on. Survival International refers to the High Court decision in 2006 that subsistence agriculture and hunting are allowed.
Read more: Sunday Standard. Botswana.
Mr. Johannes Kahuadi reported: "Three tents and firewood have been purchased from the donation given by SEMK Botswana. The tents will provide temporary shelter for 5 people per tent. The firewood was distributed to 18 households in Ghanzi town. They thank you for your support and rescuing them. These San are now living a more dignified life. They will be protected from the cold and can prepare their meals at their home. But the need for more accomodation is still great. Some people are still sleeping in the open at night.
The money was used for tents, petrol, menpower to help collect the wood and trailer rent.
There is a possibility that the lockdown will be extended until 21 May, due to our neighboring country South Africa having a high number of affected cases."
For many people in Botswana is obeying the rule of social distances as required by the Botswana Government not possible. There are too many people living in one house, or hut.
At Window of Hope Centre in Ghanzi they found a solution to solve this problem. Army tents (price Pula 5.000) could be set up on the plots so there is extra space for isolation. Also, it is near the beginning of winter in Botswana and sleeping out in the open would no be an option. (The weatherforecast for 9 May gives a minimum temperature of 14 C.)
Description of Window of Hope Centre.
Window of Hope Centre is a registered local NGO working in Ghanzi District to promote the rights and well-being of Orphans and vulnerable children and young people and their families. The organization was established in 2005 and officially registered on the 9th of OCTOBER, 2007 at GABORONE as non- profit company limited by guarantee. Registered number: CO.2007/5627. The organization is not for gain and operates as a Botswana-based non-partisan, non-party-political Non-Governmental Organization and is governed by the board of directors from the community.
Our work is underpinned by Global, Regional and Local Frame works such as Botswana National Children Act 2009 (Bill of Rights) (Child Protection Regulations 2015),Vision 2036, NFS 2, National Development Plan 11prioties and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child African Charter on the rights and welfare of children, Agenda 2063, Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals. (UNCRC, ACRWC, SDGs ) The organization's main purpose is to care, protect, support children at all times, ensuring that the best interest of the child, child participation, community ownership and participation, public-private partnerships, and awareness that any support to children is not a favour, but a contribution to the attainment of their fundamental human rights, should remain key principles for all interventions we do for children.
At the best of times, there are too many people living together in the San communities. So the added value of the tents is that they can remain on the plots after the pandemic has ended and provide a little bit more decent shelter for the people.
We strongly recommend you to support this sustainable initiative. Donations can be transferred to
- in the Netherlands: NL50 RABO 0152164898, SEMK BOTSWANA, reference Tents for San Community Ghanzi.
- from outside The Netherlands: 1088117, Window of Hope Centre, Address PO Box 892, Ghanzi, Botswana, Swift code BARCBWGX, reference Tents for San Community Ghanzi.
On the website www.semkbotswana.nl you can follow how many tents have been placed.
About this site Supporting the Bushmen so they can stay in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and live there as they wish and as long as they wish. The CKGR was created for them.
Reason for establishing CKGR.
Nampol Vocational Training Center 2017
Nampol Vocational Training Center 2016