The Monitor :: Khama Grows Polka Interest In Mookane
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Khama Grows Polka Interest In Mookane

It has emerged that the group of Polka dancers that mesmerized the crowd at Mookane’s Bot 50 celebrations got their motivation from President Ian Khama after watching them perform Mookane early this year.
By Correspondent Mon 03 Oct 2016, 17:12 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Khama Grows Polka Interest In Mookane








The Polka group from Mookane Primary school, which has been adopted by Pinkie Setlalekgosi,  the recipient of Presidential Award for her dedication to community development last year, had a presidential treat of their own to remember when president Khama dated the entire Mookane polka group for his birthday in February  this year.

The coach of the polka group Sarah Van Staden says as soon as the president  was done visiting the prisoners on his birthday he focused the rest of his day to the Mookane polka youngsters who were accommodated in  a hotel in Gaborone before  the President  flew with them to Tsabong on February 27, where the group interacted with some very good polka dancers, something the coach says helped sharpen the Mookane dancers’ skills.

From their blinding performance the Mookane polka group

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demonstrated  that just like any other traditional dance repertoire that has been adopted, anyone in Botswana, even from Mookane village, can be just as good as any group from Tsabong or even better.

“ Their date with the President opened them to  the real polka environment, no doubt; they also felt very special giving those rare presidential treats; they were told from day one they were the guests of his Excellency, and the due care  they received from  the Presidential team was unbelievable; they went every where the President went, and they would sit with him al the time, it was unbelievable”, recalls coach Van Staden, who also ads that she was overcome by the occasion, as she  was riding on the aircraft for the first time in her life.

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