A view from Noah�s Ark

Global leaders, policymakers and experts from at least 40 countries are meeting in Kasane for the planet’s highest profile conference on the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife.

The conference – the second of its kind after the inaugural event in London – is appropriately being held in Botswana, one of the world’s toughest addresses for poachers.

With a ‘shoot-on-sight’ policy for armed, combative poachers, a two-year-old hunting ban and a P48 million militarised Rhino squad currently in training, Botswana is widely and correctly regarded as one of the few safe havens for endangered wildlife in Africa. At present, Botswana boasts the largest elephant population in the world and is receiving rhinos for protection from South Africa, where 1,200 were killed last year.

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Molepolole unrest: Urgent attention on missing person cases

From Jakoba's mysterious disappearance on November 9 to the grim discovery of his remains at Mosinki Lands, a gap in the response mechanisms of the police and village leadership has been laid bare. The community's anger is evident, seen in the attack on Bakang Masole, the man found driving Jakoba's taxi and the main suspect, and the subsequent riot. Residents express discontent, citing a troubling trend of missing persons cases often...

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