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CHAPTER: 72:01

Part:VII General (ss 22-28)


22.     Annual report


            (1) The Board shall, within a period of 6 months after the end of the financial year or within such longer period as the Minister may approve, submit to the Minister a comprehensive report on the operations of the Botswana Postal Services during such year together with the auditor's report and the audited accounts as provided for in section 21, and the Board shall publish them in such manner as the Minister may specify.

            (2) The Minister shall, within 30 days of his receiving the Board's report, lay such report before the National Assembly.


23.     Compulsory acquisition of land


            For the purposes of any written law for the time being in force relating to the compulsory acquisition of land for public pursposes, the functions and operations of the Post shall be deemed to be public purposes.


24.     Resettlement measures


            If the operations of the Post make necessary resettlement of any person dwelling upon any communally owned land, the terms of such resettlement shall be subject to the agreement of the Government and of the local authorities of the area concerned.


25.     Compensation for loss or damage


            (1) In the exercise of its powers under this Act in relation to the execution of works or interference with property, the Post shall cause as little detriment and inconvenience and do as little damage as possible, and shall make full compensation to all local and other authorities and other persons who have sustained loss or damage by reason or in consequence of the exercise of such powers and, in default of agreement between the parties, the amount and application for such compensation shall be determined by arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration Act.

            (2) For the purpose of such arbitration the parties shall be deemed to be parties to a submission in which the reference is to two arbitrators.


26.     Power to call for information


            The Minister may, for purposes associated with the administration of this Act, require the Board to provide him with estimates of the Post's future revenue and expenditure, and such other information relating to its activities and operations, including books of accounts, records, documents and agreements relating to postal services operated by the Post, as he may specify.


27.     Power of Board to make bye-laws


            The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make bye-laws for any purpose connected with its powers, functions and duties under this Act, and may impose penalties for breach of any such bye-laws.


28.     Transitional provisions


            (1) Unless the contrary intention is indicated by the Board, every member of the staff of the former Department of Postal Services shall be deemed to have been duly appointed to an equivalent post under this Act.

            (2) Nothing in this Act shall be taken to effect any alteration in the terms of a contract subsisting immediately before the commencement of this Act or to authorize the making of any such alteration without the consent in writing of all parties bound by the contract.