Government has lifted the 2015 fishing suspension that was imposed at Lake Ngami on residents of Ngamiland.
Ngami area residents have been on a protracted battle with government over the suspension of fishing in their area until Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi came to their rescue.
Sunday Standard understands that Masisi and Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism Tshekedi Khama have agreed that residents of Ngamiland and the surrounding areas should be assisted to help reduce unemployment and poverty in the area.
Lake Ngami Trust Chairman Frisco Gabokakangwe revealed to this publication that government has agreed to issue them with 200 licences next week Monday.
Gabokakangwe said that although they had initially requested 400 licences, but the ministry had succumbed to 200.
“Although we had asked for 400 licences there is no how we could reject the 200 offered and we sincerely welcome the development than to starve,” said Gabokakangwe
He said kgotla meetings were addressed in most parts of the region and expected interested people to come for a raffle which they believed was the best model to be used in terms of issuing licence to individuals interested in fishing.
Gabokakangwe further said they collected names of applicants last week and would conduct the raffle next week.
He pointed out that those still in possession of unexpired licences were eligible to use them when the fishing season starts but should come and sign for some guidelines and regulations to follow when fishing at Lake Ngami.