It is quite interesting yet again to learn that the genius behind the computer programme actually produced it for free for his beloved government. He needs to be saluted for such a patriotic spirit.
One may argue that the computer genius as an employee of the Kgatleng Landboard was duty bound to deliver the stardust programme; but he could still have used the precious time and resources within government to develop his programme and then patent it for himself and become an instant billionaire with a land management programme that could be the answer to all land management problems in Africa. While some may dismiss the developer as someone who let the opportunity to get rich slip off his hands, he deserves to be recognised as the passionate patriot who may have saved Botswana millions of Pula by creating a smooth running software.
We acknowledge the fact that the Ministry of Local government recently recognised the developer at a glittering ceremony, but it is also our considered view that innovations such as this deserve to be rewarded handsomely. The huge ICT success also shows us that Botswana education is not all bad, considering that the developer of STARDUST, Moses McGeoff is a product of the University of Botswana (UB). Indeed the UB can also take credit at producing such an alumni.
As a nation we also rejoice at this achievement that proves talent in the area of IT and not just in sport, beautiful women and the arts. For the Ministry of Local Government and the Government of Botswana, there is need to patent this computer programme and market it to other governments as a solution to the land management crisis similar to the one Botswana is currently addressing.
It is our humble view that when patented and marketed well this computer programme has the potential to earn the country revenue.