Interesting snake seen on road to The Plot

On the way to The Plot I saw a snake crossing the road, it moved into a patch of grass and stopped. I assumed that I wouldn’t have time to get my camera out, but it just sat there (well lay there). I even had time to open the door and get out to take a photo.

As I didn’t know which snake it was, I searched through our snake book to no avail. Thank goodness for Google as I tracked down the author of the book, Johan Marais. He was quick to respond and said it was a juvenile mole snake.

In his book, The complete guide to the snakes of Southern Africa, he says that they are harmless, but adults can give a very painful bite. They (adults) eat rats, moles, birds, nestlings and eggs – I hope that is not the reason why we have chicken eggs, but no babies.

The young guy I saw, at this stage, would feed mainly on lizards, according to Johan’s book.

 

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Plastic Bags banned in Botswana

06 June 2018

PRESS RELEASE

PLASTIC CARRIER BAG BAN TO EFFECT ON 1ST NOVEMBER 2018

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism would like to inform the public, business sector and other stakeholders that the Waste Management (Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Prohibition) Regulations, 2018 will come into operation on the 1st November 2018. This means that from the 1st of November 2018 the use of plastic carrier bags and plastic flat bags will no longer be allowed in Botswana. The time in between until the 1st of November is to allow for the public and affected industries to put in place environmentally friendly packaging systems or alternatives to the plastic bag.

According to the regulations, any person who manufactures, trades, imports, possesses, or for commercial purposes distributes a plastic carrier bag or plastic flat bag for use in Botswana will be committing an offence.

The ban will however not apply to the following for health and hygiene purposes:
a. Bread bag- this refers to plastic bags used for packaging bread
b. Plastic bin liner- refers to plastic bags used for lining refuse bins or refuse receptacles
c. Barrier bag-thin or flimsy plastic bag used to separate products at final point of sale      d. Plastic refuse bag- plastic bag designed for carrying waste
e. Primary packaging- refers to plastic packaging that is in direct contact with the product for purposes of containing the product during transportation or handling to the point of distribution or point of use.

The public is further informed that any person contravening the regulations on the prohibition of the plastic carrier bag and plastic flat bag will be committing an offence and will be liable to the following:

a. For a first offender, the plastic carrier bag or the flat bag will be confiscated.
b. For a second or subsequent offence the person will be liable to a fine not exceeding P5, 000.00 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both.

Several attempts have been made in the past to manage or control the proliferation of plastic carrier bags in the environment through various strategies such as public education and awareness on its proper use, recycling and minimisation of its use. Furthermore, compulsory standards were developed to regulate the thickness of the carrier bag. Despite all these initiatives the plastic bag continues to be an environmental nuisance with negative impact on the environs and domestic animals, thus eventually the decision to ban or prohibit its use in Botswana by Cabinet. The move to implement the ban of plastic carrier/flat bag follows long consultations (over a number of years) with stakeholders both Government and private sector.

Negative impacts of the plastic carrier/flat bags in the environment
a) Plastic is not biodegradable hence once deposited in the soil it persists in the environment for a long period of time.
b) Plastics reduce the aesthetic value of the environment as they hang on trees and generally are widespread in the environment.
c) Plastic have adverse impacts on human and animal health, for example, due to their impervious characteristic, they serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other vermin. Animals, for instance die from choking when they eat plastic bags. Moreover plastics are harmful to livestock when digested as they disrupt the digestive process causing bloating and ultimately death of the animal.
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Snippets

A Day at Orapa Game Park

We are so fortunate to have a lovely game park less than half an hour from us. It is a park you can go to at any time of the year and day and still see plenty and a wide diversity of game.

We don’t utilize it enough, but a one Sunday recently we decided to venture from our norm and visit the park. Of course our comment at the end of the day was “I don’t know why we don’t come here more often.

Below are some of our photo’s

Autumn Colours at The Plot

I was reading a gardening magazine and an author was talking about autumn in Southern Africa being like a second spring – so it was at The Plot.

Weather Update

Winter has started to creep in as morning and evening temperatures are bitterly chilly. The last two mornings have been a freezing 9C.

Last month we had surprisingly a bit of unseasonal rain which was very welcome. I have updated our weather page at https://ourbots.wordpress.com/letlhakane-weather/

 

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Quick Update

I have been clearly told that I haven’t updated this blog for awhile. Life has been a bit hectic recently and revolved more around The Plot than traveling around Bots.

Weather

Well 2 months behind – disgusting 🙂 This page is now updated, see https://ourbots.wordpress.com/letlhakane-weather/

After a good rainy season (roughly 400mm) the rain seems a thing of the past and winter is creeping in. Days are warm at around 30C, evenings are getting chilly and the mornings FREEZING – 16C this morning.

From The Farmyard

The goats and sheep are all well, but with the bush turning we are needing to supplement their food more and more. We have even had to build a shed to keep up with supplies.

We have our first chicken eggs (6), first lemons and mealies (corn on the cob).

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Lekhubu Island warning

Letlhakane Police Station Commander, Michael Maphephu, stated that there are 10 people who need to be rescued from Lekhubu Island in the Makgadikgadi area.

“The area is surrounded with floods as we speak. And the people who are stuck there are people who work in the area. We are waiting for the BDF chopper so we can help them by airlifting them to Matshumu village,” he said.

Maphephu further noted that the Lekhubu area will only be accessible by vehicles after 6 to 8 months.

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Nice rain here in Letlhakane

At last the good rains have come. In the last 10 days we have had close to 200mm in Letlhakane at our house and 300mm on The Plot, just outside Letlhakane towards Lekhubu Island.

The great news is that it is still raining and it looks like rain for the rest of the week.

If you are planning to go to Lekhubu Island (Kubu Island) or Central Kalahari Game Reserve be careful and properly equipped.

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From the farmyard

Chickens

We got 5 chickens on Christmas Eve, 4 females and 1 male. The 4 females (hens) all looked exactly the same, all black with white flecks and an orangy/ yellow face. The cock is silver with black flecks.

Now as all our animals have names it was very difficult in differentiating between the hens to name them. The cock was easy and we named him Spatch (after spatchcock – “a chicken split open and grilled”).

Over time it has become easier to recognise certain differences amongst the hens. For example one females leg is a bit deformed – so she is known as Drumstick. Then a darker and slightly smaller one is Kay (after KFC).

New Addition

A 2 1/2 month old lamb.

Goats

 

 

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