The NLB acting board secretary Otsile Ditiro brought the development to light during a press briefing here yesterday. The press briefing was held to update the media on the achievements and shortcomings of the land board during the current financial year, ending this month.
The squatters who will be evicted are mostly in Tewane near Radisele junction, Marapong and Madiaela near Palapye according to Ditiro."We will soon be submitting our court application for their eviction," he said.As of February this year, the 161 squatters were regularised in Letlhakane following a land hearing.
"The remaining 158 are awaiting hearing from the main land where a decision on whether they would be regularised or evicted will be taken," he explained. Meanwhile, the acting board secretary also stated that of the 605 undeveloped business plots they monitored, 30 were developed as of February this year. And 122 of the 605 undeveloped plots according to him were waiting to be submitted to court for repossession. Three hundred and fifty three undeveloped plots are awaiting hearing at a date to be scheduled at the land board according to the land board acting secretary.
The land board had targeted to monitor 1,506 undeveloped customary (residential and ploughing plots) plots. As of February this year only 27% of the 1,506 plots were developed."306 plots are waiting to be submitted to court for repossession. The remaining 794 plots are awaiting hearing by the land board," he disclosed. Since April last year, the Serowe Land Board has allocated 16 328 plots against 19 340 it has targeted and 68% of the plots were allocated within the targeted three months, Ditiro added.
"The problem we encountered while allocating the plots and in some of our operations is shortage of personnel and resources," he stated. The land board secretary also bemoaned that there is too much land speculation in their jurisdiction, something that put unnecessary pressure on the land board to allocate land efficiently, resulting in a backlog of applications.
"We have many people applying for land but do not have the capacity to develop it (land). We are then forced to expedite applications to avoid a backlog only to later establish that some applicants do not have funds to develop their land." He added that this puts unnecessary pressure on the land board and strains their resources. "We therefore encourage only those who have the capacity to develop land to tender their applications,: he said.