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A viable and sustainable Morafe
Bua Kgabo is an official publication of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration
Bua Kgabo ke lekwalodikgang la semmuso la Botsamaisi Ba Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela
3 rd Edition / 2014
Tel: 014 556 7000
Mafelo a
the nerve
a Tlhabololwa
tsa gago tsa bodirisi
Pg 03
Pg 06
Pg 16
Enterprise Development Fund
Deal Clinched
Community Demands
Action against Gender
Kgatleng hosted the South African Police Service
(SAPS)’s march against gender violence on August
23rd. The march began at the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela
Traditional Administration Headquarters and finished
at Moruleng Stadium, where a memorandum was
submitted to policing and traditional leadership. The
memorandum demanded help for the victims of
gender violence and a reduction of its reoccurrence.
Mr Tsheko Nel from the provincial department of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane,
Minister Lindiwe Zulu, and Mr Setlakalane Molepo pictured after the deal was signed
Lucky Pitse
Dignitaries from various sectors of society, including
the national, local government and businesses flocked
to Moruleng village to witness the ratification of the R 125
million Enterprise Development Fund deal between National
Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela
Tribe, which has pledged R 50 million towards this fund.
Speaking during the occasion, the Minister of Small
and Medium Enterprise and Cooperative Development,
Lindiwe Zulu said the NEF was not in Moruleng to just
sign the deal; but to confirm that they are available
as partners in the development of the BBK economy.
“I think this partnership must not only be between NEF
and BBK, it must also bring government on board. What I
have seen here is amazing, it is something that needs to
be supported and replicated to other places. If we do not
support and take advantage of such initiatives, it means we
as black South Africans are not serious about ourselves.”
Zulu urged Kgosi Nyalala Pilane to educate his
people about the creation of wealth, ways to make
the little money they have to work for them, instead
of giving it to someone who will take it to Europe.
This deal, according to Setlakalane Molepo of
the NEF, will give Bakgatla entrepreneurs an added
advantage in accessing financial or any other necessary
support in starting or growing their existing businesses,
provided their applications meet the requirements.
The multiple SAPS ranks were flanked by the
business community, religious and traditional leaders,
community welfare NGOs, various branches of the
provincial government, members of the Community
Policing Forums (CPFs), and local school children.
The message from all groups repudiated violence
against women and children, and shamed the
perpetrators. The event also promoted support for
the SAPS and civilian structures that help the police.
■■>> Pg 10
Completion Of Public
Road Infrastructure in
The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration
(BBKTA)’s developmental plan as illustrated in its
Masterplan has taken another tangible step forward. The
partnership between BBKTA, Anglo American Platinum
(AAP), the Moses Kotane Local Municipality (MKLM) and
the provincial department of Public Works and Roads
(DPWR) saw to the construction of three public roads.
■■>> Pg 11
■■>> Pg 05
Kgotlatshekelokgolo e Konosetsa Tsheko ya
Bogosi ba Kgatleng
Pule Mokgele
Kgosi Nyalala Pilane o tla tswelela go
busa morafe wa Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela mo
Aforika Borwa. Tshweetso eno e tserwe
ke kgotlatshekelokgolo ya profense ya
Bokone Bophirima kwa Mafikeng fa Phatwe
a le malatsi a masome a mabedi-pedi (22).
Kgetse eno e tlhatlhetswe ke
Kgosikgolo Kgafela II wa Bakgatla-Ba-
Kgafela kwa Botswana ka ngwaga wa
2012, moragonyana ga go fudugela mo
Aforika Borwa. Kgosikgolo o tlhatlhetse
kgetse ka maikaelelo a go netefaletsa
kgotlatshekelo fa e tshwanetse go
mo totobatsa jaaka moeteledipele
wa Bakgatla, mme e mo okamise
Bogosi ba morafe ono mo Pilanesberg.
Kgosikgolo o ngangile fa Bogosi ba
Bakgatla bo ikaegile ka rraagwe, Kgosi
Linchwe II. O kaile gore Kgosi Nyalala
Pilane le ba lelapa la gagwe ba le kwa ntle
ga seemo sa Segosi go ya ka tatelano
ya malapa. O tlhagisitse ntlha ya gore
Kgosi Pilane o tlhonngwe ke Kgosi
Linchwe II go busa mo Aforika Borwa.
Kgetse eno e ngokile kgatlhego ya
morafe wa Bakgatla mo Moruleng le
kwa Mochudi. Go begwa fa makgolo
a balatedi ba ga Kgosikgolo go tswa
kwa dikgaolong tse ba ne ba tsenela
tsheko eo. Go begwa gape fa baagi kwa
Mochudi, ba ne ba kgobakantse matlole
go thusa Kgosikgolo go duelela tsheko eo.
■■>> Pg 03
More than 80 business resolutions
Lucky Pitse
Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Council
(BBKTC) has passed 83 business resolutions
in 23 BBK villages. All resolutions were
passed in the presence of village headmen
and applicants without any objections.
Speaking during the process, BBKTC
Senior Councillor, Morena Kobedi Pilane
said the council does not dictate to village
headmen what kind of businesses to allow
in their villages, but enlightened that they
should be careful not to allow piggeries close
to residences as these will create problems.
“We all know how bad the piggery
smells and many people would not
stand the stench. The best thing is to
take these kind of businesses to the
outskirts of the village,” advised Pilane.
Mr Motswasele of the Local Government
and Traditional Affairs
Other similar factors to consider include
the distance between a tavern and a church
or school. He informed the applicants that
New Demarcation for better
service delivery
the 40 X 40 sites they were approving
were for business use, not residential.
He clarified that applicants who are
allocated business sites do not individually
own that piece of land, but are leasing
it from the tribe. They are required to
sign a 5 year lease agreement and are
expected to honour the agreement by
paying the annual lease fee. Even after
having obtained a tribal resolution, some
businesses may be required to be certified by
bodies applicable to their field of operation.
The Central Sub-district Coordinator
of the Department of Local Government
and Traditional Affairs in Moses Kotane,
Mr Mishack Motswasele said applying for
a site and renting it out without following
proper procedures will be dealt with strictly.
This practice goes against the regulations
and should be curbed. It leads to defaults
on lease payments and business sites
double as homes. This two-fold set-up is
to be discouraged at all cost, especially in
businesses selling food as in many occasions,
it poses health risks to the community.
Motswasele mentioned that the other
challenge they are facing is people who
apply for sites under the false pretence
that they are going to build guest houses,
when they know that they are going to
build unregulated rental rooms. He warned
that such defiance may lead to legal
action being taken against the culprits.
During the discussion session, it emerged
that headmen and business-men alike were
in agreement that foreigners renting local
shops were the main culprits in the usage
of businesses as homes, and committed
to work towards addressing the situation.
Communities Plea for
Ownership of Mineral Wealth
Kgosi Nyalala Pilane shows MEC Sambatha the model of the envisioned BBK Headquarters
MEC Madoda Sambatha
Lucky Pitse
The ongoing journey of Bakgatla-BaKgafela Tribe to position themselves amongst
the self-sufficient tribes necessitated the
readjustment of some of the traditional
ways of handling the tribe’s resources.
Many changes to that effect have
been successfully executed and are
already producing gratifying results. Most
recent is the new village demarcations.
Proper village demarcations provide
a clearer picture of the vastness of
each village and its sections, making
it easier to take services to the people.
Speaking to village headmen, traditional
councillors, and village ambassadors during
the village demarcation session held at
BBK Mantwane Hall, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane
explained that the demarcation process may
require that some people who traditionally
belonged to a particular headman’s
village be demarcated into a neighbouring
headman’s village, but clarified that this
would not necessarily mean the headman
will lose his villagers to the other headman.
“Our people know under which headmen
they belong and that will not change. Let
us not allow this process to create enmity
amongst ourselves, it is simply meant
to make service delivery much easier,”
Kgosi Pilane pleaded with the headmen.
Kgosi shared that in order to achieve
objectives envisioned in the BBK master
plan, it was necessary to make clear
distinctions between the management
of tribal issues and commercial affairs.
He alluded that traditional leadership
itself would not escape transformation.
“We cannot achieve our envisaged goal if
we keep doing things in the same old way.
The empowerment of traditional leadership
will be done continuously to ensure that all
of us can handle the current challenges.”
“First we acknowledged that we have
not been taking full advantage of our
resources, hence the establishment of
the tribe’s commercial wing. This wing
will generate income to support the
administration in executing its mandate
of providing services to the tribe.”
The demarcation process which was
adeptly overseen by Morena Kagiso Pilane,
the Chairperson of the BBK Royal Council,
was concluded without any hindrance.
Kgosi Pilane revealed that in another
attempt to maximise benefits from the tribe’s
mineral resources, the former BakgatlaBa-Kgafela Traditional Administration
Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bochankge
Molope was deployed to the Pilanesberg
Platinum Mine’s senior management.
“With his expertise we believe that Dr
Molope will be able to influence decisions to
the advantage of the tribe,”Kgosi Pilane said.
Lucky Pitse
T h e N o r t h We s t M e m b e r o f t h e
Executive Committee (MEC) for Public
Works and Roads, Madoda Sambatha
says the government does not want
to own mines. What is important is the
implementation of the clause in the
freedom charter which stipulates that the
people shall share in the country’s wealth.
Speaking during the official opening
of the Swartklip-Sefikile, the KraalhoekSwartklip, and the Mononono-Sefikile
routes, he said the African National
Congress (ANC) government is not talking
about nationalising mines because they
know that nationalisation is not always
beneficial to the people if the government
is undemocratic. He cited an example of
Adolf Hitler when he used nationalisation
to promote Nazism, which was not
favourable to the citizens of Germany.
“The national wealth of our country,
the heritage of South Africans, shall
be restored to the people. The mineral
wealth beneath the soil, banks and
monopoly industry shall be transferred to
the ownership of the people as a whole,”
Sambatha quoted the freedom charter.
He said this clause does not necessarily
call for the nationalisation of mines, it says
the people must own the wealth of the
country. The communities from which these
minerals are being extracted are the people
referred to in the clause. The government
is just the custodian of the minerals.
“Communities must co-own mines
operating in their area. As government,
our role is to make sure that communities
get fair deal from mining companies.
We do not want to nationalise mines,
we want people to own mines. Affording
communities the opportunity to own mines
is bigger than nationalisation. Mining
houses need to know that we are not going
to beg them, we want to work with them,”
Sambatha told the applauding attendees.
He spoke about the grey area in the
mining charter, saying the charter provides
that mining companies be evaluated
individually in terms of their corporate
social investment. “This situation does
not allow mines to combine resources to
make one big corporate social investment
project for the community. Instead mines
will come individually with small projects.
This is not helping us, it must be corrected.”
Sambatha says mines must
expand their contribution towards the
development of the people around
them. Donating food parcels to the poor
should not be seen as corporate social
investment, but as a humanitarian issue.
Kgotlatshekelokgolo e Konosetsa Tsheko ya
Bogosi ba Kgatleng
Continued... Pg 01
Fa a neelana ka katlholo, Moatlhodi
Monica Leeuw o fetiseditse kgetse eno kwa
komishineng ya tsa tsamaiso ya merero
ya magosi mo profenseng. Go kaiwa fa
khomishine eo e etelelwa pele ke Tonakgolo
ya profense, mme ebile tonakgolo eo
e na le thata ya go aga khomishine eo.
Mmueledi wa ga Kgosikgolo, Rre
Mpho Pheto o rile Kgosikgolo o ikaelela
go ipelaetsa kgatlhanong le tshwetso
ya kgotlatshekelokgolo. “Re kopane
mme ra rera maano a rona. Re bone go
le maleba go tsibosa mmueledimogolo.
Nka netefatsa ga jaana gore Kgosikgolo
o tla tsenya boipelaetso kgatlhanong
le katlholo eno,” Rre Pheto o buile jalo
letsatsi morago ga thebolo ya katlholo.
Kgosi Nyalala Pilane o buile fa Kgosikgolo
a phatlaladitse morero wa lapa la Bogosi
kwa ntle ga go sekaseka ditharabololo
ka botlalo. O kaile fa borangwane go
tswa Mochudi ba sa akarediwa go
rarabolola matshwenyego a Kgosikgolo a
a lemogileng mo tsamaisong ya Bogosi.
Kgosi Pilane o tlhagisitse fa Kgosikgolo
a dirisitse mafega, e bile a thubile maiteko
a go tlisa poelano pele ga katlholo.
“Ga go ope kwa Mochudi yo o nang
le dithata tsa go laola madi go tswa
kwa Moruleng.” Kgosi o buile fa a tla
tshwaela ka dikgetse dingwe tse a di
sekang le Kgosikgolo ka nako e e maleba.
“Fa nka simolola go bua ka dikgetse
tseno, batho ba ka mpitsa legatlapa.
Re tla ema, mme re lete go bona se
se tla latelang,” go rialo Kgosi Pilane.
Katlholo ya ga Moatlhodi Leeuw e
ikgatholositse ditatofatso tsa go keteka
Mafelo a Ngwaoboswa a a
tse Kgosikgolo a lebaganeng natso kwa
Botswana. Ditatofatso tseo di tlodisitswe
matlho ka ntlha ya se Moatlhodi a rileng ke
dipharologano tsa tsamaiso ya merero ya
tsa magosi magareng ga dipuso tsa Aforika
Borwa le Botswana. Dipego di tlhalosa fa
balatedi ba ga Kgosikgolo kwa Mochudi
ba latofaditse bokwaladikgang ba naga
eo ka go bega maswe ka moeteledipele
wa bona, le gore ba kgobokanya dipegelo
tseo go ikamanya le bakwadi ba tsona
morago ga phenyo ya ga Kgosikgolo.
Ba molato wa go
tlhasela Kgosana
Lucky Pitse
Baleseng Theledi (45), Ronny Motlhaga (47) le
Ropa Chabedi (31) jaaka ba itsege mo motseng wa
Mabodisa ba bonwe molato wa go keteka Kgosana
ya motse wa Mabodisa, Rre Abisai Mabodisa,
ke Kgotlatshekelo ya Magistrata wa Mogwase.
Magistrata Herbet Modiba o ba otlhaile go duela R 2
000 kgotsa go nna kwa kgolegelong dikgwedi di le pedi.
Pele a ntsha katlholo, Modiba o rile: “Le tlhasetse
monna ale kwa ga gagwe, se le se dirileng se supa
lenyatso. Ke tlhaloganya gore Mabodisa ke Kgosana
ya motse, le ne le tshwanetse go mo naya tlotlo e e mo
tshwanetseng. Fa le latelela monna kwa ga gagwe, le
mo keteka loabo lo ntse lo ikaeletse go mo gobatsa”.
Magistrata fa a boeletsa bopaki jwa motswasetlhabelo
le dipaki tsa gagwe, Shirley Mabodisa le John Maloba,
go tlhageletse gore pele ga tlhaselo, batlhasedi ba ne
ba le mo kopanong kwa ntlolohalahala ya motse fa ba
leletsa Kgosana mogala go mmiletsa mo kopanong.
Ntlo ya ga Kgosi Ditlhake kwa Lesetlheng
Pule Mokgele
Khansele ya Bogosi ba Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela e
simolotse maiteko a go tsosolosa mafelo a ngwaoboswa.
Khansele e laleditse baitsaanape- Rre Katlego Morubane
go tswa kwa botong ya Dirapa le Bojanala mo Bokone
Bophirima (North West Park and Tourism Board) le
Ras Mpho Molapisi wa lefapha la profense la tsa Setso,
Botaki le tsa Segosi (Culture, Arts and Traditional
Affairs) - mo leetong la go tlhatlhoba maemo a mafelo
ao fa Phukwi a tlhola malatsi a le masome a mabedinngwe (21), go ba gakolola ka go a tlhabolola seša.
Leeto leno, le le neng le eteletswe pele ke
Rakgadi Modiane Pilane le Rakgadi Mmadikemo
Matlou, le simolotse kwa motseng wa Lesetlheng,
kwa batsaakarolo ba sekasekileng ntlo ya ga
K g o s i D i t l h a k e , m o r w a K g o s i Ts h o m a n k a n e ,
mme la fetela kwa Disake, kwa go tlhatlhobilweng
ntlo ya ga Kgosi Dikeme, morwa Kgosi Mantirisi.
Kgosi Tshomankane mmogo le Kgosi Mantirisi, ke
bomorwarragwe Kgosi Kgamanyane yo o fudugetseng
kwa Mochudi(Botswana) ka dingwaga tsa bo 1970,
morago ga go tlhaselwa ke moeteledipele wa maAfrikanere, Paul Kruger mo kgaolong ya Saulspoort.
Dikakanyo tsa go simolola ditlhabololo tseo di
tlhagisitswe ka ngwaga wa 2008 ke Rangwane Thari
Pilane, yo jaanong a dirang mo khanseleng ya tsa
Bogosi, maikaelelo magolo e le go netefatsa fa histori
ya Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela mo Aforika Borwa e sa nyelele.
Tsosoloso eno e akaretsa lekgotla la Bakgatla, le lesaka le
Kgosi Ditlhake le ba bangwe ba fitlhilweng gona. Mafelo ao
a fa kgorong ya ntlo ya ga Kgosi Ditlhake kwa Lesetlheng.
Mafelo a a tla tlhabololwang kwa Disake, a tsenyeletsa
Bookela Kgosi, kwa Kgosi Lentswe I a neng a okelwa gona.
Rakgadi Modiane o tsweletse go tlhalosa botlhokwa
ba projeke eno. “Re ikaelela go busa boleng ba mafelo
ano gore batho ba kgone go tlhalosetswa histori
ya ba-Rra Pilane. Morago ga khudugo ya ga Kgosi
Kgamanyane, Kgosi Tshomankane le Kgosi Mantirisi
ba setse ba tlhokometse Bakgatla ka kwano mme ba
lwantsha Kruger. Re tlhoka go tlhagisa lemorago la
seabe sa Bogosi boo,” go buile jalo Rakgadi Modiane.
Fa a tlatsa Rakgadi, Rangwane Thari o buile fa
ditlhabololo tseno di tla tlhola diphatlhatiro. “Go
tsosolosa meago eno go tla thusa baagi ka tiro, ebile
bana ba ba bontshang kgatlhego mo historing ya
setso sa rona ba ka thapiwa jaaka batsamaisabaeng
morago ga go konosediwa ga projeke eno.”
Setlhopha go tswa mo khanseleng, se neile Bua Kgabo
dikanelo ka ditiragalo tsa dinako tse bogosi bo neng bo agile
foo. Dikanelo tseo di akareditse mekgwa e morafe o neng
o itsweletsa ka temothuo, meletlo e e neng e tshwarwa ke
baagi go keteka Keresemose le go amogela ngwaga o
moša, tatelano ya baagi go ya ka maemo le mekgape ya
bona mo ditirong tsa morafe, le dikamano magareng ga
morafe le puso ya bokoloniale, go akaretswa le ditsela tse
di farologaneng tsa go aga, le tsa bodumedi ka dinako tseo.
Dibuka tsa histori di tshwana le ‘Ditirafalo tsa Merafe
ya Batswana’ (I Schapera, ‘Tribes of Rustenburg and
Pilanesberg District’ (P. L. Breutz), ‘Matlhasedi a Boraro’ (J.
M Ntsime) le ‘History of Bakgatla-baga-Kgafela in South
Africa and Botswana’ (John Makgala) di tlhagisa lemorago
la Bakgatla, le ditshusumetso tse ditso tsa boditšhaba
di nnileng natso mo kgaolong ya Saulpoort (Greater
Moruleng). Khansele e buile fa bannalekgatlhego ba setso
le histori ba ka ithuta go le gontsi mo dikwalweng tseo.
Morago ga gore Kgosana aba lemose gore ga
ane a tsena kopano, ba ne ba ya kwa ga gagwe ka
mogoso mme fa ba goroga go ya ka bopaki jo bo
badilweng ke magistrata, Theledi one are fa ba bona
Mabodisa, a goeletsa are “Ke yoo mo rwaleng”.
Mabodisa one a siela kwa kamoreng mme morago ga go
lemoga gore o tlogetse mosadi le bana mo kotsing ya go ka
tlhaselwa ke mogoso, o ne atswa a tlhometse ka selepe.
Modiba are ga a bone phoso mo goreng Mabodisa
o dule a tlhometse gonne o ne a femela lelapa la
gagwe. O boditse gore fa monna a tlhaselwa ke
mogoso fa gagwe o tshwanetse a tshabele kae?
Morago ga gore ba amoge Mabodisa selepe seo, bane
ba simolola go mo thubaka ka mabole le go mo ragaka ka
ditlhako, le fa tota a ntse a wetse fa fatshe. Modiba are ka ntlha
ya seo, ga a dumalane le bona fa bare ba ne ba itshireletsa.
Mo godimo ga kotlhao e ba e neilweng, Modiba o
ba laetse gore ba se tlhole ba tsena mo dikomiting
tsa motse e ka nna tsa puso kgotsa tsa lekgotla.
O rile ba tsamaele kgakala le Kgosana le lekgotla.
Fa ba tswa molomo ka lekwalo la maikano le le
buisitsweng ke mmueledi wa bona, babonwamolato ba
buile fa ba lemoga gore se ba se dirileng ke phoso mme
ba solofeditse gore ga ba kitla ba tlhola ba e dira gape.
Magistrata one a gakolola Kgotla ka ditiragalo tsa maloba
tsa go tshubiwa ga ditsela. “Ditiragalo tsa mothale ono
di bontsha go tlhoka tlhaloganyo. Maloba ke ne ke seka
kgetse ya kwa Sefikile ya mothale ono. Ke setse ke lapile
ke dikgetse tse di jaana. Fa mongwe a ka tlhagelela fa pele
ga me ka kgetse e jaana, ke le solofetsa go mo tswalela.”
Kgetse eno ene ya ngoka kgatlhego ya baagi
ba le bantsi ba motse wa Mabodisa go akaretsa
baruti, balekgotla ba masepala le ba selegae.
Kgatleng e Latlhegelwa ke ‘The Poor’
Pule Mokgele le Boitshepo Mosadi
Rre Koos Motshegoe, yo o itsegeng segolobogolo
ka la ‘The Poor’, o tlhokafaletse a le dingwaga di le
masome a matlhano le boraro (53) kwa bookelong
ba Peglarae kwa Rustenburg fa Seetebosigo a tlhola
malatsi a le some a mabedi (20), mme o beilwe kwa
dirapeng tsa Greenside kwa Moruleng fa Seetebosigo
a le malatsi a le masome a mabedi le borobongwe (29).
Dibui di kaile Rre Motshegoe jaaka Rre yo o lerato, tsala
e e boikanyego, molwelakgololosego, segatlhamelamasisi,
motho yo o neng a lwela nnete, a rata go thusa bathokaene,
segolobogolo bašha, e bile e le modiri yo o boineelo.
Rre Motshegoe o tshamekile karolo e kgolo mo go
netefatseng gore bašha ba Bakgatla ba bona diphatlhatiro
mo meepong ya Amandulbult le Swatklip. O nnile le
tshusumetso mo maineng a tshwana le Morena Thale,
Kgamanyane Ramokoka, Billy Ranokeng, le mokwaledi wa
kantoro ya Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Mme Caroline Rammutla.
Tshusumetso ya ga Rre Motshegoe mo mokgatlong wa
bašha wa Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela (BBKYO) e tsetse molaotheo
(constitution), le diprograma dingwe tsa mokgatlo oo. Rre
Motshegoe o ne a thusa go tsamaisa diprograma tsa bašha
mo Kgatleng le mekgatlo e e tshwanang le Love Life. Ka nako
ya go kgaogana le Kgotlakgolo ka ngwaga wa 2012, Rre
Motshegoe o ne a dira mo kantorong ya tsa katlatleloloago.
Ka nako ya leso la gagwe, Rre Motshegoe o ne a dira
Rre Koos Motshegoe
kwa Masepaleng wa selegae wa Moses Kotane jaaka
tlhogo ya tsa ditirelo tsa baagi. O nnile mo dikomiting tsa
mekgatlo e e tlisang ditlhabololo, go akaretswa le mokgatlo
wa tsa kgwele ya dinao (SAFA), e Rre Motshegoe e nnileng
mopresidente wa yona mo kgaolong ya Pilanesberg.
Rre Motshegoe, go tlaleletsa maiteko a gagwe a go
natlafatsa BBKYO, o nnile le seabe mo go tlhongweng
ga mokgatlo wa basadi ba Bakgatla, Bakgatla-BaKgafela Women Investment Movement (BBKWIM)
ka ngwaga wa 2009. Jaaka motlhabolodi wa baša, o
rotloeditse kelotlhoko ka tsa thuto. “Baša ba tshwanetse
go tsaya thuto tsiya fa ba batla go atlega mo botshelong.
Baamogedi ba madi a mantsi ba rutegile. Thuto ke selo
se le sengwe se ope a ka se go amogang, ke le rotloetsa
go tlhabolola bokgoni le thuto tsa lona,” Rre Motshegoe o
buile jalo kwa thankgololong ya mokgatlo wa Mosekaphofu
Development Forum kwa Welgeval ka ngwaga wa 2010.
O beilwe ka tirelophitlho ya semmuso, e e neng e tsenetswe
ke sepodisi sa SAPS le sa pharakano, magosi, badiredipuso
le batlaphitlhong ba ka nna makgolo a matlhano. O fitlhile
kwa legaeng la gagwe la bofelo a apesitswe folaga ya
naga, mme a tlhokometswe ke dijanaga tsa batimamolelo.
Mafoko a bofelo mo lenaneotsamaisong la phitho
a bua fa dikopano tsa masepala di tla mo tlhaela
thata. Bua Kgabo ya re, Kgatleng e latlhegetswe
ke mogaka, a mowa wa gagwe o robale ka kagiso.
Tributes to the Legendary Late Molelekeng
Pule Mokgele
George Molelekeng of Lesilo Rula and Muvhango fame,
and a Kgatleng resident was buried in Welgeval on the 1st
of August. He died at age 72 after a short illness on July 26.
He was attested to as a strict disciplinarian, a devoted
husband, father and grandfather, a sharp businessman, a
well-travelled man, a loyal ANC branch member, a land
reform activist, a supportive member of the School Governing
Body at the local High School, a priest of firm standing in
the International Pentecostal Church (IPHC), and an actor.
Representatives from the Welgeval ANC branch,
Raphurele High School -which he served as an SGB
executive member- along with other servants of the
Moses Kotane East region, the BBK traditional authority
and municipal council, the invited priesthood, and former
business owners, filled the Welgeval Community Hall to
comfort the attending family members of the departed.
The memorial service painted a picture of Molelekeng as
a kind and responsible authority worth emulating. “We used
to attend to serious school cases involving teachers and
learners, and as a SGB member, he would advocate for a
second chance for wrong doers, and he was the best at it,”
said his SGB colleague Ms Meriam Mokgatla. Mokgatla’s
sentiment was echoed by the Senior Education Specialist
in the Moses Kotane East Area Office, Mr Noko Molefi who
stated that “Whenever you ask fathers to help in our schools,
they run away. Molelekeng should serve as an example for
us to get more fathers involved in their children’s education”.
Mr George Molelekeng
Morena Kautlwale Pilane, speaking at the subsequent
funeral service, held at the community hall, admired
Molelekeng’s ability to have kept his family together.
“He is leaving behind a strong and blessed household.
He also reiterated that the strength of the home relied
on good spousal relations,” said Morena Pilane.
His setiments were further echoed in a letter written to
Molelekeng by his widow, Ms Dikeledi nee’ Rakoma. “You
meant so much to us. I learnt a lot from you, I got to travel
the world with and through you. I met many icons with you,
and you will remain a hero in my heart,” her letter read.
His fellow actors from the Lesilo Rula era, the iconic
Mr Boiki Moditle Pholo and Mr Johannes Mojela
remembered him as a calm and helpful influence in their
studio. They both praised his attentiveness to detail and
his ability to calm the newcomers to the production line.
The most moving tribute to the memory of the deceased
came from a trio of his grandchildren. After their teary rendition,
the granddaughter, Masego Seboka exclaimed surprise over
her late grandfather’s achievements. “I thought I knew my
grandfather, but I could not have guessed he had touched
this many people’s lives,” she said. Her mother, Sarah, gave
the word on behalf of the grieving family. “The support that
we have experienced from this community has healed me.
I believe that it has also healed the entire family,” she added.
An appeal to name one of Welgeval
landmark in Moloelekeng’s name was repeated
by some of the speakers at his funeral.
BBK ba kgaogana le dinatla - Mothulwe Ntsime
Botsang Huma
Boineelo, boikobo, le tirisano
mmogo ke tseo mongwe le mongwe
a ka ratang go gopolwa ka tsona
ka nako ya fa leso le gorogile.
Go ne ga nna fela jalo ka nako ya
fa go gopolwa Rre Ntsime Mothulwe,
yo o diretseng kantoro ya Bakgatla
jaaka mokgweetsi go fitlha e nna
modiredi kakaretso ka ntlha ya bokoa
go fitlha a robala boroko jo bo sa feleng.
Mo nakong eo a diretseng lekgotla ka
yona, go kailwe fa ene e le motho yo o
neng a le bonolo, a le boikobo le lorato,
mo ka gone go neng go nna thata go
ka mo omanya fa a ne a dirile phoso le
fa gona diphoso tsa gagwe di ne di sa
fitlhege, di bonwa ke mongwe le mongwe.
Mo boemong jwa lekgotla, Rre
Kobedi Pilane o tlhalositse fa a ne a
tletse metlae mme tiro ya gagwe ya
bokgweetsi a ne a e dira ka manontlhotlho.
“Re dirile sebaka se se telele le Rre
Mothulwe, ka bokhutswane ke mo fitlhetse
a ntse a direla lekgotla ga ke goroga. E
ne e le motho yo o maitseo le bonolo jo
bofeteletseng, mme ka ntlo tsotlhe di sa
nke di tlhoka go nela, o ile a fetoga go nna
molwetse wa rona mo re ileng ra palelwa ke
go mo furalela, go fitlha nako eo re leng mo
go yona e,” go rialo Morena Kobedi Pilane.
Badira mmogo le ba losika le bona ga
baake ba kgala mathe ganong ga ba
bua ka Rre yono. Go tswa kwa lapeng,
Rre Ratshikana Ntsime o tlhalositse Rre
Mothulwe jaana;“Re le ba losika re utlwile
botlhoko, mme re bona kgomotso mo
mafokong ao re a amogelang gotswa go
badiri ka ene. Jaaka le ne le moitse ebile le
dirile sebaka se se telele le ene, Ntsime o
ne a ntse fela, jalo mme go ne go sa tlhole
go na le ka moo re ka mofetolang ka gona,”
go tshwaetse jalo Rre Ratshikana Ntsime.
Rre Mothulwe o diretse kgotla sebaka sa
dingwaga di le masome a mararo (30) mme
mo nakong yotlhe e, o kailwe jaaka modiri
yo o neng a le maitseo. O tlogetse bana
ba le batlhano le setlogolo se le sengwe.
Rre Mothulwe Ntsime
Enterprise Development
Fund Deal Sealed
USA Media Show Interest in
Kgosi Pilane with the US journalists, Nekia Lane (middle) and Mark Cassidy
Lucky Pitse
The attendants listening to Kgosi Pilane during the event
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Molepo advised that for Bakgatla to take
full advantage of this opportunity, “BBK
must make available resources not from
Johannesburg, but from Bakgatla. We will
ensure that the applications we receive
are from young aspiring Bakgatla officials
who will add value to this programme”.
people to remain in their villages.
He further said they will not fund
applications with no economic merit. “We
do not build businesses only to fail black
people, we need to make sure that we
support people who are willing to come in
and roll up their sleeves, be on the factory
floor not drinking cappuccinos at the malls.”
Kgosi Pilane said what Bakgatla have
achieved so far shows that it is possible
for a traditional community to be selfsustainable. “We want to inspire other
communities,” he emphasized. He said
what saddens him the most is people who
do not immediately take opportunities as
they come. He cited an example of the
Moruleng mall, saying community members
did not heed the call to come forward for
franchise opportunities until it was too late.
“Here is another chance for you to improve
your living conditions. This Enterprise
Development Fund is meant for you, please
apply for these funds”, Kgosi Pilane pleaded.
NEF services include the entrepreneurship
development which involves trade,
incubation support and product advisory
services. The agency also has the rural
and community development programme
which supports rural economic development
through projects that have been established
to minimise migration and to encourage
Molepo shared that the post investment
department is meant to monitor and support
entrepreneurs not only so that they can get
their money back, but to ensure sustainability
of these businesses beyond their exit.
B a k g a t l a - B a - K g a f e l a Tr i b e a r e
convincingly taking their rightful position
on the world stage by being amongst the
noteworthy contributors in the development
of the African Continent. BBK economic
strategy has attracted the curiosity of
United World report for USA Today.
Mark Cassidy and Nekia Lane from
USA Today, the biggest newspaper
in the United States are investigating
how America can increase trade with
Africa. Their visit to South Africa is part
of their six African Nations assignment.
Lane said she came to know
about Bakgatla during her study of
South Africa and was convinced that
there could be trade and investment
opportunities for Americans.
Responding to Cassidy’s concern about
the occasionally bumpy relationship
between traditional and political
leadership, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane stated
that there should be no uneasiness
because Bakgatla are working very well
with political leadership in government.
“We serve the same constituency, the
objective is to ensure the prosperity of
our people and cannot afford to fight each
other. We have in the past partnered
with government on many projects
and we continue to do so,” he shared.
He also revealed that BBK’s economy
thrives mainly on mining, tourism,
agriculture, manufacturing, trade and
services. Further available economic
opportunities are stated in the BBK
Master Plan, the guiding document for
the economic development agenda..
Among BBK developments the American
reporters explored are the Red Kalahari
goat project in Dwarsberg, Mining and
engineering, Bio-flame logs and garment
factories in Mogwase industrial site,
Moruleng Stadium, Mphebatho Cultural
Precinct and the Administration Office.
Diale Goes to Study in the USA
Pule Mokgele
The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Council wished
Pleasure Diale well with her studying endeavours in
the United States of America. Diale (22) hailing from
Lerome, a village near Moruleng, will undergo a year’s
course in Business Management at the Fox Valley
Technial College in Appleton, Wisconsin in the USA.
Diale’s course commenced on the 04th of August.
The soft spoken Diale, accompanied by her mother, Maria,
received a farewell message from the traditional council at the
BBKTA Head Offices on the 31st of July. The council offered
words of advice on moral and educational factors, as well
as commitment to financial support should the need arise.
The council’s Senior Councillor, Morena Kobedi
P i l a n e e x p r e s s e d j o y o v e r t h e n e w s . “ We a r e
delighted on the success of this child, we furthermore
congratulate her for having applied herself in this way.
We wish you all the blessings possible, and we hope
that your efforts will be rewarded”, said Morena Pilane.
The Chairperson of the council, Mr Stoffel Modimokwane
echoed Morena Pilane’s well wishes and added,
“This development proves your determination. We
wish that you keep it up, and continue to represent
your community with humility,” he beamed at Diale.
Speakng to Bua Kgabo, Diale expressed elation. “I am very
excited to have this opportunity, it is after all a chance of a
lifetime. My plan is to focus on my studies and obtain the best
results and make myself, my family and my community proud.”
Upon completion, the candidates will obtain a full year
Pleasure Diale (front) and Mme Maria with Morena Kagiso Pilane at the BBK Head Offices
certificate which equals the NQF level 5 in South Africa.
Diale has paused her Human Resources Management
course at the Orbit College Mankwe Campus to concentrate
on the international course. “I will complete the HR
Management at Mankwe as soon as I return, I am left with
only six months of studying at the campus,” she said.
She advocated hard work to the young and the ambitious,
They must keep trying their luck and apply for opportunities
like these. They should not put themselves down, should work
hard and never expect for things to drop on their laps. They
should also trust in God because He knows their plans best”.
Transformation hits the nerve
Lucky Pitse
The exciting transformation journey of BakgatlaB a - K g a f e l a Tr i b e h a s r e a c h e d t h e h e a r t o f t h e
w h o l e t r a n s f o r m a t i o n a g e n d a . B B K Tr a d i t i o n a l
Administration, the heart that pumps blood to keep
the tribe alive and on the move is undergoing surgery.
of loss of employment amongst employees. In an attempt to
alleviate these fears, Morena Pilane said there is no need for
panic as this process will not lead to job losses. He could not
rule out though the possibility of reassigning some personnel
to other positions where they would perform optimally.
It is common sense that when you embark on a long journey
which you have not travelled before, you need to check your
health condition to be certain you will reach your destination.
Everyone employed by the BBKTA shall be placed
correctly in line with the required competency level of
the position they occupy to ensure maximum impact
in delivering the mandate of the administration.
Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela leadership did just that and
the examinations revealed that the administration
needed to be restructured. This rectification according
to Chairperson of the Royal Council, Morena Kagiso
Pilane, is intended at achieving efficiency in the
driving of the BBK’s economic development agenda.
Restructuring starts with the legal status and the
administration will now assume the status of a non-profit
company. This move is advantageous in the sense that
the tribe will save money through tax exemptions, and
those savings will be channelled into other developmental
projects for the greater benefit of the community.
The organisational structure will also be reorganised and
the workforce re-evaluated. Restructuring brings with it fears
Morena Kagiso Pilane shares light moments with the
BBK employees
This reformation challenges the staff to live by the values
of accountability, integrity, transparency, commitment, and
humility. It calls on them to be loyal to the institution, to respect
their work, to love each other, and to work together as a team.
Tumi Sibanda, a motivational speaker commissioned
to speak to the staff, said it is not the responsibility of the
management alone to make this transformation a success,
every employee has to contribute and each must know
what role to play to make the process easier. “A team is as
strong as its weakest link, be prepared to take criticism
the same way as you would take compliments, and work
towards improving your shortcomings. You either choose
to walk alone and get nowhere fast or you walk in a team
and get far. Do right all the time,” she recommended.
Motivational speaker, Tumi Sibanda engages with the
BBK staff
We cannot keep blaming apartheid
Lucky Pitse
“The time to blame apartheid for our indigence has come
to an end. The tendency to think that government must do
everything for us also has to come to an end. We have far more
opportunities today than we had 20 years ago”. The Minister
of Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Lindiwe Zulu
cautioned during the signing of the Enterprise Development
Fund agreement between the National Empowerment
Fund (NEF) and Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela (BBK) in Moruleng.
She acknowledged that apartheid denied black
people the opportunities to compete equally with the
whites, but said the one fact that we cannot deny is
that even though the whites had an advantage over
blacks, many of them worked hard for what they have.
“The apartheid government created a conducive
environment for white people to make money at the expense
of us, but what we cannot take away as a matter of fact is that
many of them sacrificed a lot to create the wealth they have
today. They did not get R 5000 today and went looking for
shoes that cost the same amount the following day,” she said.
Minister Lindiwe Zulu of the Small and Medium Enterprise
and Cooperative Development addresses the crowd
Zulu said the current government has levelled
the playing field to afford black people a chance
to accumulate as much riches as they want, but
cautioned that treasures come to those who work hard.
“You are sitting in your home and the grass is growing
around you but you are asking, where is the government?
What I am asking is what is it that we are doing individually
or collectively to make sure that we take advantage of the
fact that today we have a government that established
institution like the NEF which we did not have before.
We can even go to the bank for financial assistance.”
The Minister said it has been 20 years, the world will
not look at black South Africans as the oppressed. Today
the world see South Africa as an equal competitor. “They
are not going to wait for us anymore, they have helped
us remove the apartheid system and are now saying
they have their own problems to deal with and we must
also solve ours.South Africa and the world are competing
for the same market. They will not say because you
were oppressed, we are going to buy your products
and not of other countries, they will buy the best quality.
She also added that, “Yes we were oppressed as black
people, the space was closed completely for us and that
is why some of us had to go outside the country for military
training so that we can remove the oppressors. Today,
we have a government that cares about us and is putting
systems in place to enable us to become what we want to be.
Let us not fold our arms and expect other people to do things
for us. We must take advantage of these opportunities”.
Motlotlo le Badiri ba Motlobo wa ditso
Lucky Pitse
Motsamaisi wa motlobo wa ditso wa Mphebatho,
Mme Virginia Pilane, are diphitlhelelo tse Bakgatla
ba nnang le tsona jaaka morafe ga se ka ntlha ya
botlhale ba bona, ke ka thato le matla a Modimo.
“Ke dumela gore ka go direla motlobo wa ditso wa
Mphebatho re lesego gonne re filwe tšhono ya go nna batsaya
karolo mo lenaneong la go itlhabolola ga morafe wa Bakgatla.
Ditebogo go Kgosi Nyalala Pilane go bo a nnile le mogopolo
wa go simolola motlobo wa ditso,” go buile jalo Mme Pilane.
Are ba tlile go tsweletsa le go godisa kamano le
morafe, le go rotloetsa batho ba ba nang le kitso e
e botlhokwa ka ga ngwao, histori, kgotsa didiriswa
tsa bogologolo go itlhagisa. Katlego ya tlhabololo le
kgodiso ya Mphebatho e ikaegile mo goreng morafe o
tshwaraganne tshomarelo ya ngwao le setso sa sekgatla.
Morulaganyi wa dipontsho gongwe ‘Curator’, Phemelo
Jautse are ba dirisana le ditheo tse di farologaneng mo
go rotloetseng kgatlhego mo setsong go lebilwe thata
baša. “Go a intumedisa go bua le batho ka tlhamalalo
re rutana ka ngwao, setso le histori ya sekgatla”. Ba
rulaganya metshameko, dikgaisano le dithupello tse di
farologaneng ka setso le botho, go ketekwa matsatsi
a segopotso sa bagale kgotsa ditiragalo tsa histori.
Mncedise Thambe yo a dirang jaaka motsamaisa-baeng
are o rata tiro ya gagwe ka gore o ithuta letsatsi le letsatsi ka Setlhopha sa badiri ba motlobo wa Mphebatho kwa
setso, histori, go ikitse, ngwao le mafelo a ngwao. O dumela Moruleng
gape gore fa motho a itse kwa a tswang o tla itse kwa a yang.
Kelebogile Kgote yo a dirang jaaka ‘Archivist’ are se
a se ratang ka tiro ya gagwe ke gore e mo kopanya
le batho ba ba farologaneng. “Ke itumelela go dira
dipatlisiso ka histori ya morafe wa Bakgatla le go e
boloka gore batho ba kgone go e fitlhella fa ba e tlhoka”.
Lesego Molatlhegi yo eleng wa tsa matlotlo o
lebogetse tšhono ya go direla Bakgatla. “Tiro ya me
mo Mphebatho ke go netefatsa gore re nna le mokgwa
o o maleba wa tiriso ya matlole, seno se akaretsa go
thala tekanyetsokabo, mokgwa o o siameng wa go
reka le dipegelo tsa kgwedi le kgwedi ka motlole”.
Pule Mokgele
Bua Kgabo is constantly striving to expose the many untapped talents
that reside in the Kgatleng region. In this issue, a young matriculant,
Belang Mosito from Manamakgotha, shares his experiences within
the world of fine arts. He speaks of his love for the arts, his journey to
improve his craft, the external influence to his work, and ways that he
believes the Kgatleng can benefit from advancing the arts industry.
: Belang Mosito
Age: 20
Belang Mosito
When and how did you develop an interest
in the arts?:I started drawing at about the age
of ten (10), and when I was eleven (11) years
old, I visited the Rand Easter Show and saw
a crippled man crafting a picture of the former
President Thabo Mbeki. I was very inspired
and thought to myself, “if he can, I can”.
How did you realise that you excelled
at arts? I often showed my friends my
products, and they often were impressed
and encouraged me to keep drawing.
Is there a person close to you involved
in the arts that has influenced you to
become an artist? No, there is no person
like that in my family. I suppose that is
why I am eager to become the first in my
family to win accolades in the arts industry.
Which artist(s) would you say currently
inspire your work? I have been
recently working closely with Mr Thibedi
Kautlwale, and he has been inspirational
to me. His art motivates me to spend less
: Manamakgotha
Place of Residence
: Manamakgotha
Schooling Record : Matuane and Machama Primary, Ramono and Manamakgotha Secondary
: Artist (fine arts)
time socialising but to invest in my art.
that explained their impressive products.
Does your art sets you apart from other
artists? I would not say that anything
places me apart from other artists,
However, I am curious about our ancient
culture, and I try to incorporate it into my
art. I think such art can also be used to
teach young children about our history and
have them interested in arts and culture.
What seems to be the best support/
motivation for artists like yourself?
Many people in my community appreciate
the works of art. It motivates me to hear
people say that my work blows their mind,
and this makes me want to produce more
art that touches their hearts and souls.
In Kgatleng, what seems to be the worst
hurdle for artists in your position? There
is a lot of competition among us. Last year I
got intimidated by some of the other artists’
work to a point where I felt I should quit. It
fortunately dawned on me that our work was
going to be different anyway. In some cases,
I realised that most of those intimidating
artists had gone to schools of arts, which
The year 2014 marks the existence
of 150 years of the Uniting Reformed
Church of South Africa (URCSAMoruleng) and 100 years of the St
John’s Church in Kgatleng. Like
all the churches in the area, these
two churches continue to play an
integral role in uplifting the Morafe.
The URC celebrations will be held on
the 31st October until the 2nd November
2014 in Moruuleng, and the St John’s
celebrations in Motlollo from the 3rd
November until the 9th November 2014.
Place of Birth
Meanwhile, where can we find your art?
I publish my work through social networks,
some of it is displayed at home. I also design
and print T-shirts for my schoolmates.
in Kgatleng
Where do you see yourself and your
art in the near and the far future? I want
to become a professional artist. I want to
first enrol with a school of fine arts and
get a degree. In the far future I want to
trade my art internationally. I also want to
travel and explore myself internationally.
How can the art industry in Kgatleng
be advanced to a higher state? We
need more media exposure. Our local
media can expose our work throughout
the area, and more people will come
to share an interest in what we do.
How did you guardians react to your
interest in making a living out of
art ? At home they know my strengths
and weaknesses. When I showed them my
products, they were happy about them. They
have been supportive ever since. In fact
my sister has been saving from her shopattendant salary to get me into the arts school.
How can your community benefit from
your work? People tend to discover
things they didn’t know about indigenous
arts and cultures through works of art. For
instance, I have been recently researching
‘Lekgomane’, and many people that I have
asked do not know what that is, and I can
teach my peers about it through my art.
How do you think the Traditional
Administration can help advance
the careers of upcoming artists like
yourself? The administration can offer
bursaries to necessary schools, as
well as making learnerships available
to have artists develop their careers
ECD Celebrates Setswana
Pule Mokgele
The Thari Early Learning Centre in the
village of Disake celebrated this year’s
Early Childhood Development and Training
(ECDT) talent show. This show has been
conducted annually since 2009, via the
collaboration of the various crèches
from across Kgatleng villages and the
Mphebatho Cultural Museum in Moruleng.
accompanying teachers and parents.
The event featured its notorious cultural
fashion show, the drama series narrating
differences within cultural communities,
cultural songs and dance, as well as poetry
praising Dikgosi and icons such as the
late Tata Nelson Mandela. The ceremony
also managed to attract uninvited guests
from the neighbourhood, adding to the
masses of attending toddlers and their
The manager of the museum, Ms Virginia
Pilane invited the general community to the
opening of the renovated Mphebatho in
Moruleng. She told the attendants that the
museum belongs to the community, and
that they should come and enjoy its offers.
Flanking Mme Pilane was the museum’s
board member Mr Simon Marobe from the
neighbouring village of Mokgalwaneng.
The event coordinators’ representative
from the museum, Ms Keolebogile Kgothe
explained the purpose of the show. “The aim
of this event is to ensure that our children
grow up with the understanding of the
value of their culture,” she told the crowd.
The event showcased the Setswana attires, dances and it also showed dramas by the children
Association to Control Farm Fire Hazard
Pule Mokgele
The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Headquarters
hosted a meeting aimed at addressing
the fire hazards on the farms along the
border of the North West and the Limpopo
Provinces on July 23rd. The meeting
also sought to find means of raising
awareness over the damages caused
by veld fires among the residents who
occupy lands adjacent to farming territories.
The attendants agreed on their
responsibilities to areas under discussion. Mr
Mmofa Rakgase, the Head of the Agriculture
Directorate in the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela
Traditional Administration (BBKTA) explained
the distinctions between land ownership and
land leasing systems that are used by the
BBKTA. Much of the discussion then began
to focus on provisions currently unavailable
to ill-prepared farms that furthermore qualify
as hotspots-areas that are prone to veld fires.
Mr Rakgase pictured at Mabele-A-Podi
during the BBKTA Mandela Day tour
“How can the person without tools and
knowledge be expected to put out a veld
fire, while simultaneously required to call
for professionals help?”, enquired the
chairman of the Thabazimbi Fire Protection
Association, Mr Gert Gouws. He maintained
that there are governmental programmes
that can be used to ensure protected
hotspots, and avoiding potential damage
costs to the affected areas in the process.
recruit people from surrounding areas,
and the WOF organisation will provide
equipment, ablution facilities, and access
to a telephone,” suggested Kgomanyane.
It was agreed that the objective of the task
above should be to grow bases consisting
of about 25 well trained and equipped
professionals who would guard the hotspots.
Rakgase advocated for preparedness.
“The Working On Fire (WOF) puts out the
fire at the expense of the land owner, it is
better to ensure that the owner is equipped
instead,” he said. The Deputy Director
of Forestry Regulation and Support in
department of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries in the North West Province, Mr
Julius Kgomanyane explained that the
government has been using the Extended
Public Works Programme (EPWP) system
to establish the WOF response teams, and
that other responsible parties can follow suit.
Rakgase also stressed that volunteers
should be afforded a chance for the training
as well. “Training the community members
in general may help with reducing the
chances for such disasters,” he said. It was
further agreed that such training be currently
limited to productive awareness campaigns.
“Land owners can produce space and
Minister of Social
Development Visits Sefikile
Ministers of Mineral Resources, Water and Sanitation,
Trade and Industry, Social Development, Labour,
Human Settlements, Health, Economic Development
and Finance and Social Development. The purpose
of the IMC is to improve the living conditions of mine
workers within the mining areas of South Africa.
Before the event, a number of dialogues were conducted
with the affected community members, target being the
youth, women, the disabled to find out what challenges they
encounter to make ends meet. During these dialogues,
community members raised concerns about lack of
centers for people with disabilities as well as high levels
of abuse and neglect for people living with disabilities.
Minister Bathabile Dlamini speaks to the audience
Botsang Huma
As part of the revitalisation of the distressed mining
communities in the North West province following a
four months long strike by platinum mine workers,
the Minister of Social Development Ms Bathabile
Dlamini visited Sefikile village on a ministerial imbizo.
This was the governmental plan to address
the socio-economic challenges facing Sefikile
community and that of the neighboring villages
which sustain themselves through mining.
The visit was part of the Inter-Ministerial Committee
(IMC) on the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining
Communities which was established this year by
President Jacob Zuma. The IMC is composed of the
“So far, we have found 17 Early Childhood Development
Centres - seven are funded by government and ten were
not registered. We have partially registered the ten which
will soon get food and resources as part of being on
the government’s system,” the Minister told the media.
The department also learnt through community dialogues
that people living with disabilities are not receiving enough
attention and they are often neglected. The rights of people
living with disabilities are expected to be prioritised, and
Minister Dlamini is to raise further awareness on the subject,
and educate the community of Sefikile about the their rights.
Apart from a long mining sector strike which affected
many families in the Province, the community is
also facing some social challenges such as teenage
pregnancy, abuse and neglect of parents. The dialogues
report also shows that there is shortage of Early
Childhood Development Centres, abuse of social grants
and alcohol and drug abuse which require urgent
attention from the Department of Social Development.
The following meetings are to establish
how the formal awareness campaign
will be presented. The campaign will
be advanced through informal means
like word of mouth and posters at
farmers’ engagements and poles.
hyena attack
Lucky Pitse
Thato Khupari was on his way home from work one evening
when he was suddenly forced to run for his life. The 24 year old
mine worker from Lerome village had no premonition his route
home was that night the hunting ground for four (4) hyenas.
Sharing his experience, Khupari said at first
glance he thought they were domestic dogs
roaming the night as usual. It was when they chased
towards him that he realised they were hyenas.
“I ran as fast as I could and jumped the fence into
the close by home. I went to knock on the door but
no one responded, I was not surprised by the silence
as it was in the middle of the night and people were
sleeping. I just stood still and watched as the predators
lied down as if they were waiting for me to come out.”
Khupari said while waiting for his neighbour, whom he
had called to come pick him up, he became conscious of
the fact that though he was save from hyenas, he could still
be in danger of being attacked by dogs if the family he had
taken refuge at owned some, or be mistaken for a cable thief.
“I know what the community can do to criminals. I prayed
God to keep me save. The hyenas lied there until they
were forced to run away by the lights of my neighbour’s car.”
He shared with Bua Kgabo that the following morning
he went back to that family to explain himself. “I told them
what happened and they responded by saying they
heard the noise but were afraid to investigate because
at the time there was no adult male present in the house.
Khupari advices people to walk in groups during the night
to avoid being attacked by wild animals and criminals, and
suggested that special transport arrangements be made to
ensure that they arrive safely at their homes during the night.
BBK Community Ambassador for Lerome village,
Lawrence Motloba, said this was not the first time this
kind of an incident was reported. He revealed that another
man was reportedly attacked seemingly by the same
type of an animal weeks before Khupari’s encounter.
Although it is widely believed that these strange animals
come from the game reserve, the North West Parks and
Tourism Board Community Development Officer, Mamokete
Maoka, said none of these incidents were reported to
them. She nonetheless said they would look into the
matter to see how they could help the people of Lerome.
The elderly were given blankets and crutches ,they also got to interact with Kgosi Pilane
2014 Heritage Walk: A Bitter Success
Pule Mokgele
The Chief Executive Officer of the North West Parks
and Tourism Board, Mr Alan Losaba told the hikers who
participated in the 2014 Heritage Park Walk that the initiative
is to no longer be referred to as an ‘Awareness Campaign’, as
it has succeeded to attract sufficient attention. He addressed
the walkers at the Lebatlane Reserve near Magong village
on the 9th of June 2014, where the 4-day hike that began in
Vleisfontein in the Madikwe Game Reserve was concluded.
The objective of this annual event is to raise awareness
on the progress of merging the Madikwe and the Mankwe
game reserves, as well as promoting the tourism industry
in the area. This year’s walk included hikers from as
far as Bulgaria, as well as neighbouring countries such
as Botswana and Lesotho. The North West province
participants were joined by their fellow countrymen from the
provinces of Gauteng, Kwa Zulu Natal, and the Free State.
Losaba claimed that his organisation has begun
plans to establish the Heritage Walk as an international
event. “We are coming up with a new model that would
launch this walk as an international event. The walk has
however become bigger than the board,” he said, calling
on other stakeholders to come to the preparations table.
The walkers’ perspective, as presented at the event by
the hikers’ representative, Ms Neo Tshekedi, highlighted
the walkers’ discontent over the lack of awareness
of the event in the villages through which the hikers
walked. “People in villages along our hiking trail do
not know what we are doing. Community mobilisation
is lacking, and the involvement of the traditional
leadership has seemingly decreased,” Tshekedi said.
Among other complaints, she pointed to the lack of a
balanced diet, as well as inadequately marked paths.
“The marking rocks along our paths were scattered about,
and one can stumble onto danger zones as a result,”
she said to agreeing applause from her fellow walkers.
The crowd celebrates in song and dance at the end point at the Lebatlane resort near Magong
Speaking to Bua Kgabo, a resident of Mogoditshane
(a village in which the hiking crowd camped on Day 3),
Ms Zandi Yende (23) echoed Ms Tshekedi’s statement
on village awareness levels. “It would have been better
if the event was announced in our village meetings. I
do not know anything about this event, and I would not
know how to get involved even if I wished to,” she said.
The Director of Local Economic Development in the Moses
Kotane Local Municipality (MKLM), Mr Tshepo Sefanyetso,
pledged the MKLM’s hands-on role in the 2015 Heritage Walk
preparations. He undertook to have the next preparatory
course to begin in the next August. “We as management
shall be hands-on with these preparations, MKLM shall
market the 2015 walk, we shall engage with Dikgosi in this
Batsadi Ba Gakollwa Botlhokwa ba
area for better event awareness,” Sefanyetso promised.
Headman Tlhageng Pilane from Magong commended the
walkers for having gone the distance, while he simultaneously
teased the fatigued walkers. He added onto other speakers’
congratulations to the organisers on a fatality-free event.
He also encouraged the participation from the attending
hikers who desire for a repeat performance in 2015.
He also thanked the current walking class for
respecting ancestral norms connected to the many
sacred areas along the hiking trail. “I am glad that
you listened to those who advised you on respecting
the residents of these areas,” Pilane concluded.
Botsang Huma
Following an outcry from communities regarding lack of
communication between the community, government, and
bogosi, communicators within the Moses Kotane Local
Municipality have come together to map a way forward that
would close the communication gaps between the two.
Bagwanti mo mmileng kwa Mokgalwaneng
Pule Mokgele
Edutak e thankgolotse lekala la yona kwa Mokgalwaneng
ka letsholokitsiso le le akareditseng mogwanto mo
mebileng ya motse oo fa Phatwe a tlhola malatsi a le
masome-a-mabedi le borobedi (28). Molaetsamogolo
wa letsholo leo, e ne e le go rotloetsa batsadi go isa bana
kwa dikolong tsa bomapimpana (crèches). Mogwanto
oo o simolotswe kwa kokelong ya Mokgalwaneng,
wa tsena ka Matlametlong, mme wa konosetsa kwa
setheong se se ntšha sa Edutak kwa Mokgalwaneng.
Motlhakedimogolo (CEO) wa Edutak, Mme Esther Phasha
o tlhalositse fa mokgatlo wa gagwe o ikwadisitse le ditheo
tse di maleba tsa thuto mo nageng. Mokgatlo o rupelela
botsamaisi ba thuto le tlhokomelo ya bomapimpana le
go neelana ka ditlankana tsa semolao go ruta. Fa a bua le
masome a mararo (30) a batsaakarolo pele ga mogwanto,
Mme Phasha o tlhagisitse ntlha di le tharo (3) tse di botlhokwa
go lebilwe boitekanelo le kgolo e e lolameng ya bana.
“Dikolo tseno di thusa ka diphetogo tse di itemogelwang
mo kgodisong ya bana. Di netefatsa fa mebele ya
bona e kokotlegela sentle, di katisa ditlhaloganyo tsa
bona, le go nonofatsa maikutlo a bona,” o simolotse
jalo. O buile fa pharologano magareng ga bana ba ba
tswang dikolong tseo le ba ba di tlodisitsweng, e bonala
sentle fa bana bao ba kopana kwa dikolopotlaneng.
O tlhagisitse fa thuto ya thutopotlana e siamisetsa bana
tiro e ba tla e dirang le barutabana go fitlha ka serutwa sa
marematlou. “Thutopotlana ke kagotheo e ngwana a tla
agelelang thuto e kgolwane mo go yona. E ba ruta gape
le go utlwa le go latela ditaelo, mme ba ba tlotseng thuto
eo ba iphitlhela ba etsaetsega ka ba sa itse sepe, mme ba
tshwanetse go ithutela ka bonako,” ga tlhalosa Mme Phasha.
Kgabagare, sekolo sa bomapimpana sa Thari kwa
motseng o o mabapi wa Disake se ne se keteka nngwe
ya diphitlhelelokgolo tsa dikolo tsa bomapimpana mo
Kgatleng. Dikolo tseo, ka tirisanommogo le Motlobo wa
Ditso wa Mphebatho go tswa kwa Moruleng, di keteka
bokgoni ba bana ba dikolo tseo ngwaga le ngwaga
go simolola ka ngwaga wa 2009. Bana ba bontshitse
bokgoni ka ditiragatso tsa serala jaaka diterama,
mmino wa setso, poko le pontsho ya tsa fešhene.
The main objective of this Local Communicators
Forum is to get all key stakeholders, including bogosi,
government and parastatals to work together in making
sure that information reaches its intended audience. This
forum is headed by the Moses Kotane Local Municipality.
Speaking at the meeting held at Moses Kotane
Local Municipality’s offices, Ms Berlina Ntshi from the
communications department said the forum was established
to improve the understanding of government priorities and
outcomes, assist other governmental employees to be better
informed with knowledge of government programmes,
and to share best practices amongst communicators.
“This is a platform aimed to afford all government and
non-government departments with a platform where
they can all meet to share ideas on methodologies that
would help improve communication between all the
stakeholders and communities, and also to raise concerns
or issues that impede on information being shared
between the government and the communities,” said Ntshi.
The meeting was attended by different government
departments including health, Government
Communications and Information Systems,
M K L M a n d C o m m u n i t y D e v e l o p m e n t Wo r k e r s .
Community Demands Action against Gender
Pule Mokgele
The Acting Mayor of the Moses Kotane Local Municipality
(MKLM), and the Head of Finance, Communication and
Corporate Affairs, Cllr Dotty Tlabyane highlighted the need
for cooperation among stakeholders. She said the MKLM
jurisdiction is largely under traditional leadership, and that
such leadership is key to restoring respect in these areas.
She lambasted the rapists, and called for a harsh
punishement for their crimes. “They are small boys
who are unable to control what God gave them, and
it is disappointing that they often go free after arrests.
The community needs CPF driven workshops to
highlight these issues,” she added. Tlanyane also
called for the remuneration of CPF members and the
establishment of crisis centres to accommodate victims.
The main speaker and SAPS’s Provincial Commissioner,
Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo said the initiative was
aimed to foster productive relationships among the attending
stakeholders. She added that all stakeholders should
adopt the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Administration
(BBKTA)’s Mandela Day theme -Make Everyday a
Mandela Day- into their crime prevention initiatives.
PC Mbombo gives Rre Amos Maile (Chairpeson of Mogwase
CPF) distress whistles that vulnerable groups are to use
whenever they are under attack
“Keeping our people safe is non-negotiable, our society
should also understand that each day should be a safe
day for women and children.Everyone has to be alert at
all times, and practise brotherly and sisterly behaviour
and conduct. We must also look out for vulnerable
groups in the community,” she said. The Commissioner
encouraged the CPFs to keep identifying such groups,
and to ensure that they are protected from predators.
She paid homage to the males in the audience, and
stated that they are also the victims of gender violence.
“Men are infrequently identified as victims, but you are
losing sisters and daughters,” said the Commissioner.
She added that proper studies on how the dominance of
masculinity encourages violence should be conducted.
Speaking on behalf of the BBKTA, Morena Kagiso
Pilane said addressing this menace was a challenge
to everyone, and the efforts to combat it will help
in restoring the dignity of affected communities.
Morena Pilane advised that elderly should reside in
old age homes to avoid living on their own, or have their
families afford them grandchildren to live with them. He
announced that BBKTA has made an office available
for the SAPS in Moruleng Mall, and also took a moment
to condemn the attack of one the village headmen
(Kgosana) by the residents of his village in Mabodisa, a
village near Moruleng. “Over the next few months, we
are going to unite to fight this plight, and if we support one
another, we will succeed,” concluded Morena Pilane.
ANC e Kgalema Kemokgatlhanong
le Segosi le Seruti
Pule Mokgele
Modulasetilo wa lekoko la African National Congress (ANC)
mo Bokone Bophirima, Tonakgolo Supra Mahumapelo
o kgadile bakhanselara ba a reng ba ikgatolosa seabe
se se tshamakilweng ke dikgosi le baruti ba Kgatleng
mo go tlhongweng ga lekoko leo mo kgaolong eno.
Tonakgolo Mahumapelo o buile jalo kwa tirelophitlhong
ya ga Rre Koos Motshegoe, yo Tonakgolo a mo
tlhalositseng jaaka mongwe wa ba ba tsereng karolo
e e bonalang mo go natlafadiweng ga mokgatlo
ono mo Kgatleng. “Batho ba ba neng ba nyatsa Rre
Motshegoe ba ne ba mo bitsa mabinagotsholwa, mme
o tswa kgakalanyana le ANC,”, ga bua Tonakgolo.
O dirisitse dikopano tsa togamaano tse di neng di
tshwarelwa mo moagong wa kereke ya URC (United
Reformed Christian Church) ka nako ya tsamaiso ya
puso ya tlhaolele jaaka sekai sa boineelo bo seruti
se tsweleditseng lekoko. Batsenelakopano ka nako
eo, ba ne ba fitlhwa gore sepodisi sa naga se se
kgone go ba aroganya le phuthego ka kakaretso.
Tonakgolo o gakolotse badiredipuso jaana; “Re barongwa
fela, re a tla re be re ye boyabatho, mme segosi se ntse se
le teng. O ka se gataka ka maoto, fela ga o kitla o atlega”.
O tsweletse ka gore baemedi ba puso ba ba nyatsang
segosi ba itira ‘bo-Jonas’, yo mo kanelong ya Beibele,
a neng a rongwa gongwe, mme a itseela tsela e sele.
“ANC ga se ya rona, ke ya magosi, o rata kana o sa
rate. Ga e kitla e kgaogana le segosi le seruti”, Tonakgolo
a tshwaela. O gateletse botlhokwa ba go ikobela
segosi, le go se tlotla go tsholetsa serodumo sa sona.
Gape o dirile boikuelo bo bo masisi mo badiredipusong go
dirisana ka bopelotelele le baagi, are; “Re se nne le leleme
le le botjarara, ebile re se gatelele baagi, re ba tseela kwa
tlase”. O konoseditse ka go rotloetsa badiredipuso go tshwara
dipuisano le baagi ka tsela e baagi batla e tlhaloganyang,
go nale go ba tlhakanya ditlhogo ka diteme tsa sepolotiki.
Tonakgolo Supra Mahumapelo
Tiro eo e ne e tsenetswe ke boeteledipele jaaka
Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, Meyara Fetsang MokatiThebe wa masepala wa selegae wa Moses
Kotane, badiredipuso le magosi ka go farologana.
MKLM Community Safety Forum Cleans Mogwase
Pule Mokgele
The Moses Kotane Local Municipality
(MKLM) Community Safety Forum
(CSF) consisting of traditional authority,
municipality, social, and business
bodies within the municipal control
conducted a cleaning campaign to
clear the bush on the outskirts of
Mogwase Unit 5 North on August 29.
Captain Doctor Phiri of the Mogwase
Police Station reporrted that the
surrounding community had complained
to the station about criminals who use
the area for hiding stolen goods, and
often using the spot as a hide out..
The Community Safety Officer of
the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional
Administration (BBKTA), Mr Doc Modise
connected the cleaning initiative with
the ongoing road blocks that are set up
in the Kgatleng roadways. “The CSF
conducts this cleaning initiative as a
continuation of the anti-crime campaign
that includes the continuous MKLM multipurpose roadblocks,” he explained.
watch organisation that collaborate
with the police to combat crime around
Mogwase. I hope such determination
can escalate to other areas, as this will be
very helpful to the police,” Moeng stated.
Modise commended the cooperation
of the organisations that make up the
CSF. “The forum is a strong team,
and is very determined to confront the
ills in the area. It intends to take such
cleaning campaigns to other similar
areas within the municipal jurisdiction”.
The Assistant Director in the directorate
of Crime Prevention in the provincial
department of Community Safety and
Transport Management, Ms Moleti
Gaboutloeloe stated that this initiative
took an official form in 2010, when
it was dubbed ‘Crime Prevention
Through Environmental Design’.
The initiative’s coordinator and the
MKLM’s Head of Community Safety,
Mr Noah Moeng praised the local
residents’ anti-crime initiatives thus far.
“They had used their own equipment to
clear some of this area a while ago, and
they had also formed a neighbourhood
“The role of the provincial department
is to assist the North West SAPS in
reducing criminal activity. The SAPS
leads by identifying criminal hotspots to
which the response is to be prioritised,”
shared Gaboutloeloe. She said that a
similar cleaning campaign was held
in the Madikwe region in March 2013.
She also commended the volunteering
community members (largely from local
Community Policing Forums) within the
CSF structures for lending their time to carry
out the cleaning campaign. Gaboutloeloe
further called on other municipalities to
emulate the MKLM’s proactive CSF,
and not wait on the provincial authority
to give them programmes to implement.
The Bojanala District was represented
at the site by Mr Koketso Dikobe from
the office of Transport Planning and
Community Safety within the department
of Community Development Services.
Completion Of Public Road
Infrastructure in Kgatleng
A technology e na
le tshwaetso mo
setsong ?
Botsang Huma
Seno ke setlhogo se se neng se kampanetswe ke
baithuti ba dikolo di le supa (7) go tswa mo metseng ya
Sekgatla ka nako ya fa ba ne ba ngangisana ka mokwa
o technology e fetotseng matshelo a batho ka teng.
(From left)Mme Seara Macheli-Mkhabela, MEC Madoda Sambatha, Morena Thari Pilane, member of the BBK Royal Council
(back), the MKLM Mayor Fetsang Mokati-Thebe , Rre Pieter Louw, the AAP’s Executive Head of Mines, and Morena Kagiso Pilane
officially opening the roads
Pule Mokgele
The official ceremony held under the theme “A Winning
Partnership for Sustainable Rural Development’ saw
the Swartklip-Sefikile, the Kraalhoek-Swartklip, and the
Mononono-Sefikile routes as well as Moruleng Boulevard
being handed over to the Department of Public Works
& Roads in Moruleng and Sefikile on the 29th July 2014
respectively. This infrastructural development has been met
with resounding appreciation by the benefitting comunities.
The construction of the Kraalhoek-Mantserre , SefikileMononono routes are expected to ease the respective
villagers’ access to the Union mine, as well as facilitate
economically productive access to the rapidly industrialising
Moruleng. The routes are set to improve the villages’
improved access to many other essential public services.
The partnership invested an estimated R150 million in
improving the road infrastructure, about 40% of which the
BBKTA invested on the 6.1 km Sefikile-Mononono route.
The message shared by Seara Macheli-Mkhabela, the
AAP, Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Madoda
Sambatha, the MEC of DPWR, and Morena Kagiso Pilane,
the Chairperson of the BBK Royal Council was that of
encouragement to local residents to protect the roads against
vandalism, and call for their continued maintenance. It was
made clear to those communities that the road belonged to
them, and that they should make the most productive use of it.
“AAP gets involved in many projects to improve its
operating areas. Those projects include improvements
to enterprise development, health facilities, employment
and education”, said Ms Macheli-Mkkhabela. Additionally,
she told the crowd that the AAP will continue to engage
with the community leadership structures to help
develop the areas in which the company operates.
MEC Sambatha said the project was a response to the
call from the local community. “We are here on the basis
that we have heard you call for the need for better roads.
We therefore appeal to the community to engage with
the government when they have complaints. Vandalism
leads to the need for new budgets to fix the destruction,
and this hampers further developments,” he stated.
Morena Pilane dubbed the ceremony ‘the launch of
the display of co-operation’, and held the partnership
as the best model that other companies -such as the
Pilanesberg Platinum Mines (PPM)- can learn much from.
He described the Bakgatla community as a self-sustaining
morafe. “As the Morafe we admire ourselves and we
dream big. We never hesitate to embark on projects that
could improve the lives of our communities,” he started.
He connected the project to the BBKTA Master-plan.
“The Master-plan describes where we will be in the next 20
years. It also makes provisions for us to use our reserves
to the benefit of our future community.” Morena Pilane
urged the BBKTA’s partners to ensure such similar projects
are replicated in other communities in the province. He
concluded by appealing to the partners to consider another
developmental project to improve the Magong route.
Dingangisano tse, ke nngwe ya maiteko a motlobo
wa ditso wa Mphebatho o lekang go rotloetsa baša go
ikgakologelwa le go itse ngwao le ditso tsa bona. Ka nako
ya fa a ne a tlhalosa ka mokgwa ono wa di ngangisano,
Mme Kelebogile Kgote, o ile a tlhalosa fa Mphebatho
e tsweleditse metseletsele ya dingangisano tseno e
lebile kgwedi ya ngwao boswa, moo ba solofetseng
go ka tshwara legato la bofelo go ka bona mofenyi.
“Dingangisano tseno di nale dikgato dile pedi (2),
legato la ntlha ke leo re leng mo go lona, mo bana ba
ka nnang masome a matlhano (50) batla ngangisanang
mme re tseye fela ba le masome a mabedi (20) go ya kwa
legatong la bobedi (2)’ le e leng le re tla tlhopang mofenyi
mo go lona. Seno re se dirile ka re nale maikarabelo
a go leka go gopotsa baša mosola le botlhokwa ba
go itse kwa batswang teng,” go rialo Mme Kgote.
Pele ga dingangisano, baithuti bano ba ne ba
engwa ka lefoko la thotloetso ke Rre Lungile Kheswa,
yo e leng moithuti wa pele wa sekolo se segolo sa
Kgabutle. O kaile fa kitso ka setso seo o tswang kwa
go sona e le motheo yo o tla thusang loeto go fitlha
kwa o ka tswang o ya teng. O rotloeditse baithuti
bano go tsaya dithuto le ditso tsa bona tsia ka e le
tsona di tla ba agang go nna batho setshabeng.
“Tsayang puo ya lona tsia, ga o le motho, gore o
kgone go itlhaloganya, o tshwanetse wa bo o itse
ebile o tlotla puo ya gaeno,” Rre Kheswa o kaile jalo.
Gotswa go baithuti ba le masome a le mane le bosupa
(47), ke baithuti ba le masome a mabedi (20) bao ba
fetetseng kwa makgaola kgang. Dingangisano tseno di
solofetswe go ya kwa bokhutlong ka kgwedi ya Lwetse.
BBK Bursars visit the Headquarters
Pule Mokgele
The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional
Administration (BBKTA)’s Bursary
Committee hosted a fraction of the
thirty (30) 2014 Bakgatla bursars
during the tertiary education holidays.
The visit was aimed at introducing
the bursars to the traditional council
and discuss the bursars’ experiences
in their respective campuses. This
session was held on July 3rd in the
Mantwane Hall in the BBK Head Offices.
The BBKTA’s Director of the Social
Services Department, and a member
of the bursary committee Mr Lebogang
Mataboge said the meeting was
also convened to hear the students’
challenges, and have them assist in
coming up with their solutions. The
students mentioned that other companies
that sponsor students keep track of their
bursars’ performance and marks. The
students also advocated for BBKTA
to emulate those companies as they
felt that this ongoing monitoring would
guards against their own laziness.
Mataboge disapproved of the bursars’
habit of changing contact details in secret,
as well as poor turn out due to distinct
examination schedules, which may have
Rre Mataboge (seated second from the left) pictured with the attending bursars and the members of the BBKTA Bursary
Committee and the BBK Traditional Council
affected the day’s attendance negatively.
“Only seventeen (17) of our bursars have
shown up and some are absent because
they are writing supplementary exams.
We could not reach others because
their contacts no longer work”, he said.
Other challenges shared by the students
included the culture shock experienced
from interacting with unfamiliar faces on
campus; the sense of separation from one’s
home, the resultant stress of having to
assimilate in the new environment, coping
with school work and the stress to deal with
the criminal element in that environment.
The council’s message over emphasised
the fortune of the bursars, and how the
bursars should take their studies seriously.
The need for bursars to form forums
through which they can communicate amid
themselves was also stressed. The thirty (30)
bursars are strewn across the universities
in the North West and Gauteng Province.
The majority of the students attend the
Tshwane University of Technology, with the
North West University- Mafikeng Campus
in the second place. Mataboge confirmed
that distance learning is also funded
through the BBKTA’s bursary scheme.
He explained that BBKTA does not
recommend courses to applicants.
However, the bursary committee states
preferable fields of study in the bursary
application forms. Application forms for
the 2015 bursaries are available at the
Social Services offices at the BBKTA
Head Offices. The closing date for novice
applicants closes on September 30, 2014.
BBKTA Spreads Botho on Mandela Day
Pule Mokgele
The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional
Administration (BBKTA) had joined the
South African masses in celebrating the
first Mandela Day after the passing of Tata
Mandela with a relief campaign aimed at
the indingent households in six (6) Kgatleng
villages. The administration carried out a
road trip on the day, visiting ten (10) needy
households, donating food and clothing, as
well as delivering counsel to those families.
The visited households in Segakwaneng,
Moruleng, Lekutung, Ngweding,
Mapaputle, and Mabele-A-Podi reacted
with graceful gratitude to the endeavour.
Two routes were established to cover
the area led by Morena Kagiso Pilane
and Rakgadi Ntshadi Tsheole on behalf
of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, and MmaKgosi
M m a Ts h i n a n g w e r e s p e c t i v e l y. T h e
local priesthood joined the scores of
BBKTA employees and led brief prayer
sessions at the visited households.
Explaining the objective of this initiative
at the Peloakgosi households in Mapaputle
, Morena Kagiso Pilane said that the aim
is to restore the dignity of the destitute
population. He told a handful of gathered
residents that it is not by choice that people
find themselves in such desperate situations,
and urged them to keep an eye on one
of the households which is child-headed.
“This initiative is intended to check on
your living conditions. We have seen
your struggles, and you can be rest
assured that this is not the end of it, we are
going back to see how we can help you
further”, he said. Morena Pilane shared
similar messages in other household in
Mapaputle, Ngweding and Lekutung.
The tour took a depressing turn in the
Mogapi household (also in Mapaputle),
where the level of need brought the visiting
team to an uneasy silence. Flanking Morena
Pilane, was the prominent Traditional Council
member,Nkoko Grace Masuku, who told
the Mogapi household, currently headed
by an ailing pensioner, to trust in prayer.
She vehemently condemned the
conditions under which this family of six had
been living. “You should never think that
you were put here so that people can learn
what poverty is through your hardships.
You should pray with bright sincerity, and
your blessings will come”, she added.
The charity of the visitors became too
much for some of the visited family members.
The son from the Makete household in
Ngweding was brought to tears during
the visit. The seventeen (17) year old
reportedly dropped out of High School at the
eleventh grade due to the circumstances
in this household. His mother said he had
been an exemplary learner, and that he
still wished to obtain his matric certificate.
Further help to improve the living
conditions of these families also included
attempts to improve or to build liveable
houses. This help was also extended to
the Molemane household in Lekutung.
This family’s two adjoining shacks had
burnt down along with all their personal
belongings, including school gear and
books of a twelve (12) year old learner.
Youth in Ngweding engage youth
Pule Mokgele
The attending youth consisted mainly of representatives
of local youth movements, and the discussion
focused acutely on provision of marketable skills and
the policies governing employment at the adjacent
Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM). In the presence
of Mme Tau, many questioners lamented the lack
of information on current developmental news.
“We need bursaries and learnerships, and we struggle to
obtain the relevant forms. We often get the useful information
when it is too late”, said one of the attendants, to agreeing
murmurs. The enquiries also pointed to the ambiguity around
systems that are put in place to recruit labour for the local mine.
Mmusi Kgosi
The goal of this is to challenge the stigma that says
‘village youth is futureless, we are surrounded
by a dark tomorrow’. Well, the darker the storm,
the brighter the lightning. They say be bright like
a diamond, I say the diamond should shine like
you, not you like it. Whether you think you can or
you can’t, you are most definitely right!! You are
what you think after all. If you don’t see yourself as
a winner, you can’t perform as a winner. It is not
going to be easy; but it’s going to be worth it.
The youth of the village of Ngweding, hosted the BakgatlaBa-Kgafela Traditional Administration (BBKTA)’s Youth
Organiser, Rre Billy Ranokeng and the village’s BBK
Ambassador, Mme Queen Tau to an informal Question and
Answer session on how to find resolutions to the general
challenges that face the Kgatleng youth. The meeting
was conducted on July 17 at the village’s community hall.
The meeting was convened by the Youth Organiser, as he
announced to a handful of attendees, after he discovered
that there had been reports of protests over recruitment
systems in the neighbouring Motlhabe. Rre Ranokeng
gave a brief account of the report and explained the
distinctions between the services offered by the BBKTA
and the Moses Kotane Local Municipality (MKLM).
He said the intent of the casual gathering was also to
collate a series of questions to present to his superiors,
and invite such authorities to respond to the enquiries.
Nowadays we know friends who smile with you
in your presence and smile against you in your
absence. Some friends will be promoted, demoted,
and/or deleted. Be with people that are on the same
mission as you are. As you move forward in life,
you may have to change your circle of friends.
The Youth Coordinator, Rre Ranokeng speaks to the attendants in the Ngweding Community Hall
The youth also voiced the lack of proper road infrastructure as
one of the obstacles to gaining access to certain services.
Another prevalent issue, as many other attendants
observed, is the administration’s alleged lack of feedback.
Rre Ranokeng accepted the flaw, and assured the
audience that his office will try and arrange a feedback
session to the village-including the appearances of relevant
BBK directorates to provide the necessary information
needed. He explained to the crowd that such sessions will
not include issues that are related to MKLM’s mandate.
Mayor Endorses Fellow Female
Most of us may believe that the fact that we were
born and raised in a village is a disadvantage. Let
us change that disadvantage into a distinctive
advantage, act local and think global. Like a survivor
would say “ a problem is not the problem, but rather
your attitude about the problem”. Question: why is it
that most successful individuals have a sad story to
tell. You pity them but they do not pity themselves,
they take the most unfortunate situation of their
lives and use them as their pillar of strength.
Design change to your disadvantageous state. We
can change the world and make it a better place; it
is all in our hand and minds. Let us begin here with
whatever is there. You don’t have to be great to start,
but you have to start to be great. Let`s do the best with
what we have, and let us keep going while others are
quitting. The future is for those who prepare for it today.
Tsoga Moša!
’The piece above was written by
Mr. Mmusi Kgosi (early to mid-twenties) from
Manamakgotha in response to Bua Kgabo’s
‘So You Think You Can Write’ challenge, the
editors thank him for his efforts. Our readers
are still invited to send their pieces in using
the details at the back of this publication,
and the pieces may appear in the following
issues of the Morafe’s publication
Ipatleng Sentle
‘Tlapa le neng le feelwa maloba
Ke basadibagolo ka lefeelo la matlhokwa.
Ba ne ba le phailelaphailela pula ya maebana
Ba le phailela pula go nela Bakgatla
Medupe e neng e gosomana e sa dume
E ne e gosomana phetelela e sa kgaotse
Go ka bo go obilwe ‘tlhogo go ngunwangunwa
Go ka bo gobotsanwa ka pula gore e kae
Maloba go neng go feelwa ‘tlapa la pula
Go ne go direlwa Rammusi go kopana le Lesele
Gore di kgakologele kwa tlase kwa Magasane
E tle e fophelwe ke Sengana le
Mpyane mpepenene
Mayor Fetsang Mokati Thebe of the MKLM addresses the WIIML members in Mogwase
Pule Mokgele
The mayor of the Moses Kotane Local Municipality, Mme
Fetsang Mokati-Thebe addressed female professionals
on the role that women leaders are to play beyond
South Africa’s 20 year old democracy. Her address
carried additional impetus owing to her background as
a former educator as well as a prominent figure in the
South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU).
“As we make progress with our icons in mind, we
should acquire as much enlightenment as possible
to groom others”, she continued. She exemplified her
mayoral position as testimony to the government’s
commitment to gender equality. “The bulk of the leaders
in the MKLM is female, I also stand as mayor today.
It proves that gender equality is the order of the day”.
This address was conducted on the 24th of June at the
Holy Family Combined School, where the local wing of
organisation named Women In and Into Leadership (WIIML)
was officially launched. The organisation’s objective is
to provide developmental support to its members who
are employed within the national education department.
She pointed to lack of assertiveness as one of the
main challenges facing women leaders. She also
warned against arrogance among the said leaders.
“When positioned in strategic positions, please avoid the
adage ‘the boss is always right’, allow for criticism. You
should be able to practise your freedom of expression
without oppressing your colleagues”, advised the mayor.
Mayor Mokati-Thebe approved of the attendants’
initiative in launching their structure, and marked it
as a vehicle for further development. “I applaud the
idea of forming this platform. Through offices we
hold, as willing men and women, we can find ways to
create change in the lives of those who look up to us.
She concluded by urging the WIIML members to
continue supporting one another. “We must support
each other and set the tone for many other women
who look up to us. Let us anchor one another
and bring South Africa to the Promised Land”.
‘Tlapa le neng le feelwa maloba
Ka lefeelo la matlhokwana ke basadibagolo
Gore e tshologe e kolobetse ‘fatshe la Bakgatla
Pula ya maebana e ba nele matsorotsoro
Gore Mokgatla a nne ‘thupa di maphata
A tle a leme tshimo a ntse a disitse kgomo
Kgomo a e disang, a e nosa metsi a pula
E gompele metsi a pula e a godume
Kgomo ya Kgatleng e tle e tsale mafatlha
Komo e rileng e bewa tshipi ya bo e tshwaiwa
Maloba go neng go tshwaiwa motseketlo
Go ne go tshwaiwa motlhala-a-kgama le lephaga
Go ka bo go romilwe basimane ka mogaga
Go gagaola naga le go ntsha dibeela
Gore mogoma o fetlhe mmu o o fetlhele
Mogoma o sa kgongweng o le bolelo
O ne o ka go fisa monwana kwa ‘pentong’
Ntlhana e neng e lemolola ‘notshe e di fisa
Botsang Huma
Special learner going places
This was not the first international competition he
participated in and certainly not the last. In 2012, he
was the vice-captain and instrumental in the creation
of the winning goal for the South African football squad
that beat Tanzania 3 – 2 to win the African Special
Olympic Unity Cup championship. From the 30th
October to 15th November 2014, he will be in Malaysia
participating in another international football competition.
Both his coaches concur that he is a disciplined player who
loves football with all his heart and gives his all when in the
playfield. He never misses a game or practice session without
a good reason and always arrives early. He has under his
name five (5) trophies, six (6) medals and three (3) certificates.
Seroke shared that he was impressed the first time he saw
him during a practice session. “His excellent footwork makes
him an exceptional footballer who could not be ignored,
a world class player whose talent should not go to waste.”
Dibodu Edward exhibiting his trophies flanked by his coach, Rre Moilwa Seroke and the school principal, Rre Ntakaile Oria
at the Reoleboge Special School
Lucky Pitse
The 21 year old Reoleboge Special School learner,
Dibodu Edward from Lerome South, is proudly flying
the country’s flag high. The talented soccer player
whose school is proud to have on its roll, was selected
into the National Football Team that represented South
Africa during the International Sport Federation for
people with Intellectual Disability Inas World Football
Championships in Sao Paolo, Brazil during August 2014.
Dibodu or ‘Manuchu’ as he is affectionately known
amongst his peers oozed eagerness and confidence as
he related his story. “I am very proud and thankful that the
responsibility to represent my country on an international
platform has been bestowed upon me.” He expressed
gratitude to both his school team and village club
coaches, Moilwa Seroke and Jethro Kubeka, respectively.
He is an orphan but refuses to allow his circumstances
to determine his destination. Through the support
of his elder siblings, coaches and teachers he went
through all the selection stages from area, district,
province, and ultimately national level without worries.
Game Trackers Teams up with
NGOs in support of the Poor
His village coach, Kubeka said, “He is one of
my best players, my trusted central midfielder.
When it happens for whatever reason that he is not
available to play, we know we have a challenge.
He is a good example of the great talent BBK has”.
The school Principal, Ntakaile Oria who recently got
elevated from provincial soccer convenor to national
coach enlightened that Inas is a global body that
promotes inclusion through sport, and is a member of
the International Paralympic Committee.It is inspired by
the belief that an intellectual disability should not be a
barrier to enjoying and being the best in sport. It works to
change the attitudes, create opportunities and develop
pathways in sport to ensure that athletes with intellectual
disability can compete at the highest possible level.
Tsosoloso ya botho
se mo tlhokomelong le kgodiso e ntle
mme ba nale bo malome le bo rakgadi.
Mongwe le mongwe o tshela botshelo
jwa gagwe asa gadime morwarragwe”.
“Tharabololo ke go boela kwa
segaroneng. Ka segarona, lelapa le a
rapelelwa le tshegofadiwa ke Kgosi le
baruti. Ngwana yo o godisiwang mo
lapeng le le jalo o gola go nna motho
setšhabeng. Are tshwaraganneng
ngwana gotswa boseyeng,” go
rialo Morena Kautlwale Pilane.
Moitseanape wa setso, Nkoko
Meiki Masuku are baruti ba simolole
go dira tiro ya bona go fedisa gore
bana ba rapele satane, le dingaka tsa
maaka tse di anamang le lefatshe. O
kopile gore gonne le kgothakgothe
ya baruti moo batlabong ba ikaga.
(From left) Mme Bella Seeletso, Rre Moss Mothibedi and Mme Keneilwe Nong testing
the merchandise before distributing it to the NGO representatives
Pule Mokgele
Ten (10) Non-Governmental Organisations
(NGOs) in eight (8) Kgatleng villages
welcomed the intervention from Mankwe
Game Trackers (MGT), a tourism company
that has been providing wildlife activities in
the Pilanesberg for about 30 years. The
company donated 70 excess blankets among
the NGOs from Magong, Lerome, Kraalhoek,
Mokgalwaneng, Moruleng, Segakwaneng
Manamakgotheng, and Welgeval.
collaboration with other stakeholders.
The Communication Manager of GMT,
Keneilwe Nong said that MGT has only begun
exploring such endeavours with the aim of
making a difference in the lives of people
who reside alongside the park. She added
that they saw the need to donate the extra
blankets to the needy since it was winter.
”We had to give one family four (4) blankets
instead of two (2) as originally planned, as
they had already suffered much of the winter.
We were surprised how they accepted
the blankets, which we thought they may
be dissatisfied with their quality. They truly
appreciated the gesture,” she added.
“It’s only by asking questions and
investigating areas of need within the
community that we can actually see where
we can align our interventions with the
community needs,” she said, clarifying
how the goals of her organisation’s
emerging Community Services Initiatives
programme are set out. She also
explained the company’s intent to keep
the communication line open for further
The enabler of the handover, the BakgatlaBa-Kgafela Traditional Administration’s
Community Services Officer, Mr Moss
Mothibedi praised the initiative by MGT.
Nong assured Bua Kgabo that her office will
continue to engage with Mothibedi’s office
to see how more people can be helped
through her company’s CSI programmes.
The chairperson of Tshimologo Home
Based Care organisation, Ms Bella
Seeletso accepted the blankets on
behalf of other seven (7) NGOs. She
expressed her organisation’s gratitude
and urged MGT to keep up with their
good work. She described the impact
of this donation on one of the families.
Moruti Kwape o buile ka nako ya tiro
Lucky Pitse
Keletso ke gore dintwa le go lebelelana
kwa tlase mo teng ga dikereke go fele.
Kereke e tshwanetse go bopa morafe,
eseng go o aroganya. Magosana a
simolole go etela dikereke tse di mo
metseng ya ona, a di itse le baruti ba
tsona. Seno se ka fedisa go thubega ga
dikereke ka gore magosana a ka se letle
motho yo o ngalang mo kerekeng gotla go
itlhomela ya gagwe mo metseng ya bona.
Go tlhoka tlhompho ga bana, go sa
rataneng ga batho, go sa tlotlaneng ga
dikereke, le go se tlotle bogosi le seruti,
go pateleditse boeteledipele ba BakgatlaBa-Kgafela go bitsa kopano magareng
ga bogosi, dikereke, le sepodisi gotla
go arogana dikakanyo ka dikgato tse
di ka tsewang go tsosolosa botho mo
Bannaleseabe ba dumallane gore ba
morafeng wa Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela. tlile go tswelela go dirisana go lwantsha
mewa e e sa siamang mo morafeng.
Tiriso e botlhaswa ya nnotagi le diritibatsi,
bosinyi bo bo tswelelang go gola, le
Thulaganyo ya go tsosolosa botho ga
dipolaano ke sesupo sa gore botho boile. e felele fela mo morafeng. Botsamaisi
ba Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela bo lemogile
Morena Kautlwale Pilane wa ntlo ya gore go botlhokwa gore le badiredi
segosi are go tshwanetswe ga simololwa ba Kgotla ba itlhabolole. Badiri ba
ka kgodiso ya ngwana. “Bana ga ba nonofa itlamile go tshela go ya ka botho.
go ka tsamaisa malapa mme go nale bao
ba a tsamaisang. Potso ke gore bagolo ba
Seno se tlhalosa gore batla simolola
ba kabong ba godisa bana ba, ba kae?”. go tlotla batho, go nna le boammaruri,
botshepegi, le go kgathalela batho ba
Are malapa a a eteletsweng ke bana bangwe. Badiri ba tlile go itshola sentle, ba
ke sesupo sa gore malapa a arogane. ineele mo tirong, ebile ba nne maikarabelo,
O tsweletse ka gore “bana ba nna l e g o d i r a d i l o m o p e p e n e n e n g .
dikhutsana tse di tlhomolang pelo, ba
Mmagwe Mohumagadi Reitshepe Pilane o re tlogetse
Kwa Moruleng o rutile mo sekolong sa bogare sa
Moruleng go fitlha a tlogela tiro ka ntlha ya bogolo.
O tlogetse botshelo a le kwa kokelong ya Peglerae
kwa Rustenburg Phukwi a le malatsi a le mabedi.
Bommaseaparo ba ba dirileng le MmaMoruti ba
tlhalositse fa a ne a le motho yo a neng a rata kereke le
go boifa Modimo. O ne a tshegeditse mogatse e bong
Moruti Molatlhegi Molope mo tirong ya gagwe ya boruti ka
dinako tsotlhe. O tlhalositswe jaaka mongwe wa bomme ba
kereke ba ba neng ba kgona go ka batlela kereke matlole.
MmaMoruti o ne a le morutabana le motsadi yo a neng
a sa rate boitaolo, boatla, leswe le go ikgogomosa. Go
kailwe fa bontsi jwa barutabana ba ba mo fitlhetseng mo
porofesheneng ba ithutile thata gotswa mo go ena. O
ne a rata go bona batho ba tshela ka lerato le boitumelo.
Bomme ba kereke ya URC ba ba neng batsenetse tirelo matshidiso kwa Ramolope, Moruleng
Lucky Pitse
Pauline Molope gongwe MmaMoruti jaaka a ne a
itsege o tlogetse botshelo ale dingwaga dile 75 ka ntlha
ya bolwetse. Ka nako ya tirelomatshidiso kwa lapeng la
gagwe kwa Ramolope kwa Moruleng, batsenatirelo ba
tlhalositse fa ene ele motho yo o lerato, a tlotla mongwe
le mongwe le modirela setshaba yo boikanyego.
Mo botshelong jwa gagwe MmaMoruti o ne a ithutela
le go dira jaaka mooki le morutabana. O ne a se mooki
kgotsa morutabana fela, o ne gape a le mokatisi wa
setlhopa sa kgwele ya dinao sa sekolo sa Tshimollo
kwa Mamelodi kwa a rutileng dingwaga dile dintsi.
Go latela go tsena mo nyalong ee boitshepo ka 1959,
MmaMoruti le Moruti Molope ba ne ba tshegofadiwa
ka bana bale bane, Basetsana ba le bararo le
mosimane a le mongwe. Gareng ga basetsana go
nale yo a bediwang Lucy gongwe Reitshepe, yo
e leng mohumagadi wa ga Kgosi Nyalala Pilane.
Gareng ga tse dingwe MmaMoruti Molope o
ne a rata difela tse di akaretsang Ruri le nkgapile
pelo, Lekunutu le Morena, Lona ba ratang go phela
le Ke utlwa Jesu a mpitsa. O tlogela bana ba le
bane, ditlogolo di le 13 le ditlogolwana di le pedi.
The ANCWL Strengthens Base
Pule Mokgele
The African national Congress Women’s
L e a g u e i n Wa r d 1 0 w e l c o m e d 1 6
new members during its celebration
of the National Women’s Day at the
Sandfontein Community Hall on the 9th
of September. The recruits were inducted
by the organisation’s chairperson and
former national parliamentarian Mme
Morwesi Segale-Diswai, witnessed
by the ward’s councillor, Mme Lerato
Zitha, other ANC’s loyal members in
the area, as well as the representatives
of the organisation’s local youth.
The event repudiated the abuse of women
and children, and called for cooperation
among all stakeholders to confront
the problem. A call was also made for
the interested parties to engage with
governmental programmes that aim to
empower women-led enterprises, especially
in the reportedly booming agricultural sector.
Attendants were invited to narrate their
personal perspective on how their lives had
improved by such paradigm-shifting event
such as the day of the infamous march by
women who protested racially segregating
laws of the apartheid epoch in 1956.
A resident of sandfontein, Mme Idah
Manthata shared her experience as an
exiled adolescent. “Some cannot imagine
how difficult it was,” she began, “we were
called refugees, and there were rules
that applied exclusively to us. A teacher
would count us in the classrooms, and
we were not allowed out in the evenings.
“The ANC’s members should stand proud
for what we have achieved since those
days,” she said. Mme Manthata- originally
from Alexander near Johannesburg- was
exiled, alongside her grandmother in
Botswana. She had since then found her
way to Kgatleng via Limpopo Province.
Mme Segale-Diswai rated the importance of
the event as highly as the national celebration
held simultaneously in Durban, “Many of
our members are attending that nationally
sponsored event, and we are here at our
own costs, that is to be applauded.” She
appealed to the local ANCWL members
to attend the monthly meetings, citing
that such meetings are key to monitoring
the area’s developmental progress.
The keynote speaker, professional
motivational speaker and the ANC’s
Mme Segale-Diswai accompanied by the chairperson of the ANCYL in ward 10,
Koketso Mahlola
Chairperson in Makolokwe (ward 29), Rre
Matshidiso Segale urged the attendants to
adopt an adaptive attitudes in their conduct.
He used the analogy of eagles that painfully
remove their old beaks, claws and feathers,
in a persistent attempt to grow new and
efficient ones and hence survive longer.
“Stop complaining about what the apartheid
regime has done, and stop complaining
about what the ANC has done. Remove
that useless weight and start flying,” he
said. He endorsed the empowerment of
women through entrepreneurial means, and
challenged the newly welcomed members
to hunt the relevant funds down, and be
among the first to share the empowering
information with the wide community.
Women In and Into Leadership on the forefoot
Pule Mokgele
‘Women In and Into Leadership’, known also as WIIML is
an organisation consisting of female leaders in management
positions. The main objective of this organisation is to
facilitate developmental association among its members
through innovative networking programmes that
include casual engagements and formal workshops.
The district of Moses Kotane East launched its wing
of WIIML on the 24th of June at Holy Family Combined
School in Mogwase. A panel of speakers sought to
inspire the attendants, as well as evoking a sense of
solidarity among them. The international household
names of famous achievers of the ages- Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, , Jill Markus,
Wendy Ackerman and the late Lilian Ngoyi, Margret
Thatcher, and Maya Anglou- were among those used
as examples that attending leaders should emulate.
In explaining the aim of the networking programmes, the
director of Mankwe Circuit, Dr Matlhodi Teu stressed that
fear hinders women from excelling in top management
echelons. “In staff meetings, women are too afraid
to raise their hands and voices. These networks will
enable you to practice free deliberation and debates.
“We have to meet as persons of common interest
and share information and other services. These
engagements must focus on matters concerning strategic
thinking, personal growth and operational issues of
running our institutions,” said Dr Teu. She added that
such associations will instil confidence in novice women
leaders, and in progress healing what she termed the
‘FOG factor’- the irrational fear, obligation and guilt
factor- that erode women’s self-esteem in the workplace.
The manager of the said circuit, Ms Naniki Molapo,
echoed Dr Teu’s sentiments on the fear that female leaders
reportedly display in their offices, and further objected to the
gender representation in leadership structures. “Leadership
positions were traditionally reserved for men, we are not
evaluated the same way. When one becomes a principal
or a deputy principal, there is often nobody to mentor you.”
Molapo added that research shows that networking
professionals are highly compensated, receive
good reviews and are easily promoted. She offered
another solution, “We need to adapt legislation
that would reserve senior positions for women”.
The main speaker at the event, Mayor of the MKLM
Fetsang Mokati-Thebe discussed the role of female leaders
beyond the 20 years of the nation’s democratic governance.
An address was also received from Ms Z. Nakedi, who
has decades of experience as a principal. Nakedi advised
the attendants that great leaders are born, and not
made, and urged them to guard against sloppy speech
appearances, as they are reflections of their institutions.
Moving women’s agenda
Itse ditshwanelo tsa gago
tsa bodirisi
Lucky Pitse
Lefapha la Tlhabololo ya Ikonomi, Tikologo,
Tshomarelo ya Tlhago le Bojanala le ne la
etela Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela kwa Moruleng
go ba ruta ka ditshwanelo tsa bodirisi. Shale
Motlhoki yo a dirang jaaka motlhankela
mogolo wa dithuto tsa bodirisi, are go
lemogilwe gore badirisi ba le bantsi ga ba
gatelele ditshwanelo tsa bona ke ka moo
goleng botlhokwa gore ba rutiwe ka tsona.
Women from different walks of life attended the event
Lucky Pitse
The South African Women Enterprise
Network (SAWEN) held it wellness day
in Taung recently not only to highlight the
importance of a healthy life style, but also to
reflect on the gains that women have achieved
since the dawn of democracy in South Africa.
An HIV positive Neo Letlhogela from
the Neole Foundation shared that it was
extremely important to commit to a lifestyle
that promotes healthy living, “not only
for yourself but for your family, relatives,
friends and the nation as a whole.”
The Speaker of Greater Taung Local
Municipality, Deliwe Zethi reminded
the women about the 1956 women’s
march against the pass laws. She
stated that during apartheid regime
women were not seen as equals to men.
“In the past women were not recognised as
leaders. They were not given opportunities
to lead government institutions, private
entities or to pursue certain careers. Today
we have women in various leadership roles
in government and in business.” She stated.
Zethi recalled that before 1994 women
made up only 2.7% in parliament. The
percentage increased to 27.7% in 1994, 30%
in 1999, 32.7% in 2004, and 42% in 2009.
She said women ministers make up to 43%
and deputy ministers make 42% in 2014.
“Our government has opened opportunities
for us, we have women in construction,
mining, military, fire fighting and transport.
These careers were no go areas for women
in the past. Today we have women mayors,
pilots, train and bus drivers, the list is endless.”
S AW E N a c t i n g C h i e f E x e c u t i v e
Officer, Ruth Masokoane said women
in business need to stay healthy if they
want to contribute positively towards
b u i l d i n g t h e c o u n t r y ’ s e c o n o m y.
“As a business person you are an employer,
staying healthy will ensure that your business
remain healthy and people remain employed.
When your health is poor your business
will be poor, when you die chances are
your business will die too, and employees
will lose their jobs.” She cautioned.
Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Women Investment
Movement (BBKWIM) Chairperson and
a member of SAWEN, Bontle TshukuduPilane shared that they felt honoured to
have been invited to take part in the event.
She said there are many opportunities in
SAWEN including workshops on business
management and linkages with financial
institutions. Tshukudu-Pilane shared that she
was lucky and proud to have been amongst
the SAWEN delegation all expenses paid
trip to France to learn more about business.
She informed the gathering that BBKWIM
is 600 members strong with 50 registered
cooperatives doing different businesses.
Motlhoki are modirisi o nale tshwanelo
ya go phimola tumalano ka lekwalo mo
malatsing a le matlhano (5) ntle le lebaka
kgotsa go otlhaiwa fa moneeladitirelo e le
ene a simolotseng dipuisano. Fa go nale
madi a duetsweng go moneeladitirelo,
a tshwanetse go boela go modirisi mo
malatsing ale some le botlhano (15) morago
ga go amogela kitsiso ya go phimola.
“O nale tshwanelo ya go batla tirelo ya
boleng, ebile e tshwanetse go fetswa ka nako
e e dumalanweng. Tirelo kgotsa dithoto di
tshwanetse go se nne le diphoso, di siamele
tirisetso ya se se neng se ikaeletswe, di nne
lobaka la nako e e solofetsweng le tlhwatlhwa
e nne e e siameng,” o gakolotse jalo .
Modirisi a ka busetsa dithoto go
moneeladitirelo ntle le kotlhao fa di na le
diphoso, di sa babalesega kgotsa e le tsa
seemo se se kwa tlase. Fa phoso e sa
baakanngwe mo dikgweding di le tharo (3)
modirisi a ka kopa go neelwa tse dingwe
kgotsa a boelwa ke madi ao a a duetsweng.
Fa a digela puo ya gagwe Motlhoki
o rile, “ke maikarabelo a modirisi go
netefatsa gore ditshwanelo tsa gagwe
di a sireletsega le go tlotlwa. Se ineele
mme o tsepame, ngongorega ka tsela e
e maleba ka nako e e siameng go motho
yo o maleba. Kopa kgakololo go tswa go
kantoro ya Tshireletso ya badirisi pele ga
go digela tumalano nngwe le nngwe”.
Moemedi wa National Regulator for
Compulsory Specifications (NRCS),
William Tladi a re setheo sa bona ke karolo
Mme Shale Motlhoki o tlhatlhelela batsenela
ya Lefapha la Kgwebo le Madirelo (DTI)
mme tiro ya bona ke go netefatsa go
diragadiwa ga melawana e le meraro (3) ya
lefapha e leng NRCS Act, Trade Metrology
Act, le National Building Regulations Act.
Seno go ya ka Tladi se tlhalosa gore ba
sireletsa pholo le pabalesego ya batho,
tikologo le go netefatsa kgwebisano
e e sa gobeleleng. Are ba sireletsa
badirisi le tikologo ka go tlhokomela gore
ditlhagiswa di dirwa go ya ka dikatlenegiso
tsa melawana e e farologaneng.
“Mo go fitlhelwang gore ditlhagiswa kgotsa
ditirelo ga di tsamaelane le melawana, re
emisa thekiso ya tsona, re a di gapa le go di
senya re bo re sekisa ba ba molato. Re nale
makala a le matlhano (5) a a netefatsang
gore batlhagise ba ba ditsweletswa ba dira go
ya ka molao. Ana ke mafapha a Automotive,
Mechanical, Chemical and Materials,
Electro Technical and Gaming, Food and
Associated Industries, le Legal Metrology.
Keteko ya letsatsi la Bomme
“Re phutegile jaana go tla go akantshana gore re
ka thusa bomme-ka-rona jang; gore re tle re kgone
go thusa baagi ba re ba direleng jaaka kantoro
e e ka fa tlase ga Kgosi,” go rialo Mohumagadi.
Bomme bano, ba ile ba tla ka ditshitsinyo di le mmalwa
tse di ka thusang bana le bomme. Mme ditshitshinyo
tseno di neilwe komiti e e neng e satswa go tlhopiwa
go netefatsa fa kopano ya letsatsi e tla ntsha maungo.
Mme Desiree Chauke (molemeng), Mohumagadi MmaTshinangwe le Rakgadi Ntshadi Tsheole
Botsang Huma
Phatwe ke kgwedi e e beetsweng thoko go nna ya bomme,
seno e le go latela bogatlhamelamasisi jo bo bontshitsweng
ke bomme ka nako ya puso ya tlhaolele mo nageng.
Ka ngwaga wa 1956, Bomme ba tshwana le Lilian
Ngoyi, Dora Tamana, Helen Joseph ga mmogo le
ba bangwe ba ka nna 20 000, ba ile ba gwantela
kwa Union Building kwa Tshwane go ipelaetsa
kgatlhanong le melawana e e neng e pateletsa
bantsho go tsamaya ka makwaloitshupo mo mebileng.
Go latela bogatlhamelamasisi jo bo bontshitsweng
ke bomme bano, morago ga gore naga e bone
boipuso le kgololosego, matsatsi a tshwana le ano
a ne a beelwa thoko go nna segopotso se se tla
nnang sekai , le thuto mo go bomme ba bangwe.
Le mo Kgatleng seno e nnile thotloetso e e seng kana
ka sepe. Kantoro ya ga Mohumagadi MmaTshinangwe
Pilane monongwaga e ile ya kopana le bo MmaDikgosana
go tla ka maano a go aga le go matlafatsa bomme.
Dingwe tsa dintlha tse di neng di ile magoletsa e ne e
le dikgwetlho tse bomme ba etang ba kopana le tsona, le
gore ba ka di efoga jang. Moeng wa tlotla, Mme Desiree
Chauke, o eme bomme ka lefoko e le go ka thusana le
bona ka mekgwa e ba ka e dirisang go ka ithusa le go
thusa ba bangwe. O gwetlhile bomme go ka ikamogela
ka mo baleng ka teng mme ba tlogele go ikobonya.
“Ga o le Mme, o itse se o se batlang, tlogela go
ikobonya, o bue gore o tle o utlwagale, tidimalo ya
gago e ka feletsa e sentse dilo dile dintsi tse di neng
di ka baakanyega,” ga tshwaela Mme Chauke.
Bomme bano ba tsweletse go gagokololana
ka dikgwetlho tse ba tsamayang ba kopana
le tsona, tse ba buang gore ka nako
dingwe, di feletsa di ba nyatsisang ka baagi.
Kebone Molope, Tshireletso Malapile, Rakgadi Ntshadi Tsheole and Morena Kagiso Pilane
Contributors: Botsang Huma, Lucky Pitse,, Pule Mokgele and Boitshepo Mosadi
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