Drones to be utilised for border patrol

Drone PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Drone PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

FRANCISTOWN: Government intends to employ drones for border surveillance along the porous borderline between Botswana and Zimbabwe, according to the Member of Parliament for Tati East, Dr Douglas Letsholathebe.

When addressing a series of kgotla meetings in Matsiloje and Matopi, Letsholathebe emphasised that drones would be a crucial tool in tackling the growing problem of illegal border crossings between the two countries. Illegal border crossings have inundated the courts with Zimbabwean nationals frequently arraigned for unlawful entry into Botswana through ungazetted points.

Letsholathebe highlighted that drone technology has been effectively used for border surveillance in developed countries for many years. As per tethered drone leading manufacturer Elistair, drones offer a continuous, wide-reaching view of border areas, enhancing security measures in these vital zones. Elistair further explained that these drones can be rapidly deployed in vulnerable areas, providing immediate situational awareness to counter criminal activities and unauthorised crossings.

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