BaKgatla women ready for Friday's Bojale launch

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It is the meeting of ancient culture and modernisation this week in Mochudi, the Bakgatla capital where more than 1,200 initiates have gathered to revive the traditional initiation practice, Bojale.

The women taking part in the Bojale find themselves living two kinds of lives. During the day they talk on cell phones and work with their computers in their offices. They drive flashy cars dressed in Western fashions.  Once the day is over, activities back home in Mochudi switch back a hundred years. The hectic schedule of 'go rupa' or initiation, begins.

It is a different life completely. In the evening they must forget about those high heeled shoes, and jewelry and remain barefoot throughout the exercise. Their latest French garb is removed, and the initiates remain with only skirts, their upper body exposed to the biting winter cold nights as they walk  and run around the village singing ancient initiation songs.  They run arms folded, heads bowed, in the manner dictated by custom.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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