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Flags of the Botswana Land Boards

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Background

The Land Boards in Botswana derive their mandate from the Tribal Land Act (1970) and are responsible for management of traditional tribal (communal) land. Tribal land was transferred from the Chiefs to the Land Boards after Botswana gained independence and they became operational in 1970.  It is estimated that 70% of Botswana is tribal land, 25% state land and 5% freehold land.

In terms of section 13 of the Tribal Land Act, the functions of Land Boards are:-

Granting of rights to use land- allocation of land for residential, commercial, agricultural, civic and community use;
Cancellation of the grant of any right to use any land;
Authorising transfers of land rights;
Hearing of appeals from subordinate land authority; and

Regulating the use of the land.

In 1970 the following Land Boards were created:

the Ngwato Land Board covering the Bamangwato Tribal Territory,
the Tawana Land Board covering the Batawana Tribal Territory,
the Kgatleng Land Board covering the Bakgatla Tribal Territory,
the Kweneng Land Board covering the Bakwena Tribal Territory,
the Ngwaketse Land Board covering the Bangwaketse Tribal Territory,
the Malete Land Board covering the Bamalete Tribal Territory,
the Tlokweng Land Board covering the Batlokwa Tribal Territory, and
the Rolong Land Board covering the Barolong Farms.

And between 1971 and 1976 four more Land Boards were created, namely:

the Tati Land Board covering the Tati Tribal Area,
the Chobe Land Board covering the Chobe Tribal Area,
the Kgalagadi Land Board covering the Kgalagadi Tribal Area, and
the Ghanzi Land Board covering the Ghanzi Tribal Area.
Valentin Poposki, 24 Nov 2019


Flags of the Land Boards in Botswana

The flags of the Land Boards adopted so far follow the same basic pattern, having a white field with the emblem of the respective Land Board in the centre.

 Chobe Land Board flag

image by Valentin Poposki, 24 Nov 2019

 Ngwaketse Land Board flag

image by Valentin Poposki, 24 Nov 2019

 Rolong Land Board flag

image by Valentin Poposki, 24 Nov 2019