Transfers Of New Plots Overwhelm Maun Sub Landboard

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  • People selling newly allocated plots at alarming rates in Maun and surrounding areas

The urgency to allocate land in various jurisdictions to meet the national target has been met with an overwhelming transfer of ownership of the newly allocated land rights by the owners, and Maun sub landboard is overwhelmed.

This was revealed by Maun Sub land board Customer Service officer Kerona Kealeboga during a Kgotla meeting addressed by Dumelang Saleshando, who indicated that from September to December 2023 they received a total of 677 land transfer applications while between January to March 2024 a total of 231 land transfer applications of newly allocated residential plots were received.

According to Kealeboga the numbers at which plots are being transferred raises a concern for a sub Landboard alone to record a total of 908 applications within a short period of time given the high demand of residential plots in the area.

She noted that in most cases within a week of residential plot allocation they receive transfer application which is a clear indication that some people sell their plot before they are even allocated.

“I plead with the community to refrain from selling their plots, they can instead lease or build rental houses because they will never get another opportunity to be allocated a residential plot by the land boards,” Kealeboga said.

Meanwhile Kealeboga revealed that they have discovered a trend in which a syndicate of land scammers print fake land certificates and swindle people of their money pretending to be selling land to them.

She indicated that the culprits use plot numbers and certificates of residential plots that exist in land board system but only change the names on the certificate and national identification copies to their names to make it seem like the land belongs to them.

“We are not sure of how they manage to change the names, however we manage to burst these culprits through the system we use which detects fake certificates and the cases have been reported to the police. Initially we used to have these cases with only men being scammers, however of recent, we have been seeing women participating in the scam,” Kealeboga said.

Maun Sub-land board’s jurisdiction covers Maun, Makalamabedi, Matsaudi, Sexaxa, Komana, Chanoga and Shorobe.

A total number of 10 000 residential plots are said to be ready for allocation in Maun from the  Maun Development Plan 2023-2024 which recently got approval from Northwest District Council, and currently awaiting final endorsement by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

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