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Bakgatla heritage festivities cross to Moruleng

Bakgatla baa Kgafela heritage festivities, which started at the beginning of this month, are now scheduled to cross over to Moruleng in South Africa on Monday.
By Staff Writer Wed 22 Apr 2015, 05:46 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Bakgatla heritage festivities cross to Moruleng








Moruleng is the place where the tribe originated before settling in Mochudi and the two "capitals" still keep close links as Kgosi Kgafela continues to enjoy a reign over members of the tribe on both sides of the border.  The festivities, which include cultural music, exhibition of the tribe's art works and football matches, will coincide with South Africa's celebration of the Bakgatla chapter of the African Renaissance.

According to the organiser of the festivities, Oaitse Lekoko, Bakgatla ba Moruleng who crossed the border to participate in the Mophato last month and graduated, as Matlotlakgosi would be accompanied by their Botswana counterparts back home during the same period.

"We feel honoured that the South African government has seen it fit to have the Bakgatla chapter of the African Renaissance celebrations and it was even better that it coincided with our own celebrations. All - Bakgatla and anyone - interested are invited to come as we have been doing since we started the activities at the beginning of the month," Lekoko said.

According to Lekoko, the month of September was chosen for the celebrations, as it was the same month that the tribe migrated from Moruleng to settle in modern day Mochudi.

As part of the activities soccer matches have also been lined up for Sunday in Mochudi as well as the "oldies beauty contest", which would feature grannies 60-years-old and above.

While the soccer games are meant to honour soccer legends who contributed to the development of the game in the district, Lekoko noted that the beauty pageant is meant to "remind the old ladies of their youth".  Teams have already been selected from various villages around the district namely Oodi-Modipane, Kgatleng Legends, and Madikwe, which would comprise former players from villages along the Madikwe river such as Mabalane, Sikwane and Mmathubudukwane.

The other teams are Morwa, Mochudi Rovers and Buffaloes Big 16.  Dikgosi from around the district would form a team that will face a squad of baruti.



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