Friday, August 12, 2022

MP, DeBeers MD among P3 million defaulters

The Kgalagadi North  MP, Philip Khwae, and De Beers Botswana Managing Director, Neo Moroka, are among hundreds of  people who  owe the Kgalagadi Land Board (KLB) lease rentals amounting to more than P3 million.

The KLB has warned defaulters to settle their outstanding arrears before the Land Board takes strict measures.

KLB Acting Deputy Land Board Secretary, Kingsley Leu, confirmed in an interview with The Telegraph that some high profile people were among the lease rent defaulters.

He said that they have since warned defaulters through the media to settle their long outstanding balances with the Land Board after the KLB unsuccessfully tried to convince them to pay their outstanding rentals.

Leu said that most of the defaulters were among people who were allocated land for commercial purposes, such as ranches, Motels, Restaurants, Camp Sites, Dairy farms and other business ventures in the Kgalagadi district.

He said that they have since publicised the names of defaulters in the media, warning the defaulters to pay the long overdue balances. Leu indicated that they have tried all channels to convince the defaulters to pay but there has been no response on why they are failing to pay.

“We have tried several options. We once thought of engaging debt collectors but we were unable to, looking at the financial implications that we were going to incur. Advertising their names in newspapers is an attempt to reach most of them because some are not residing in Kgalagadi,” added Leu.

He indicated that Kgalagadi Land Board will approach the courts as a last resort if the defaulters fail to pay the P3 million owed.

KLB has further warned that they will take strict measures against perpetrators if they fail to pay by the end of November.

When reached at his office, Moroka promised that he will return the call before the paper goes to press.

However, Khwae was not available to comment as he is believed to be on an official trip in Korea.

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