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Khama Launches Tlhokomela Trust

President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama was the official guest of honour when younger brother Tshekedi Khama, who is the incumbent Minister of Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism launched Tlhokomela Botswana Endangered Wildlife Trust.

The body established last year by Minister Khama, Map Ives, Mike Chase, Leina Gabaraane, Keith Vincent, Michelle Goushe and Jillian Blackbeard is focused on fundraising initiatives for national conservation and to support the protection and growth of endangered species.

“Our heritage is not only threatened by traditional poaching but we see the environment on which these animals depend on being depleted by habitat loss and climate changes,” said Balisi Bonyongo, Chairman of Tlhokomela Endangered Wildlife Trust.

He said, “The Government of Botswana cannot bear the burden alone and today we are here to present the Tlhokomela Trust as one of the possible avenues which you can contribute to the protection of Botswana’s natural resources.”

‘Tlhokomela’ meaning to ‘take care’ in Setswana, reflects the Trust’s mission to defend Botswana’s vast wilderness areas. An impressive array of 8 military style Mercedes Benz poacher vehicles were also donated to the work of Tlhokomela Friday night.

"We do things differently that is why we are here outside holding the official launch, to reflect our commitment to celebrating our Environment and promoting sustainable development," said Tshekedi Khama, Minister of Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism.

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism is strengthening its ability to deal with poachers by setting up camps deep in the bushes of northern Botswana.

Recruits are allegedly drilled on tracking animals, gathering intelligence and acting as a collective as efforts are ramped up to develop an elite team of rangers, to combat poaching.

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