20 January 2019


Traditional leaders promote healthy lifestyle

by: Vusi Kama   date: 26 April 2018

In a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle among their communities, about 20 traditional leaders from around Bokone Bophirima province took part in 
a fun walk and exercise sessions in Mahikeng. 

The traditional leaders were in the provincial capital for the first sitting of the North West House of Traditional Leaders and a general meeting of traditional leaders. 

The morning exercise session started at the Mmabatho Palms Hotel, while a fun walk covered a stretch of three kilometres towards the Ramatlabama border with Botswana, and back to Mmabatho. It was followed by an aerobics session at the hotel parking area. Dikgosi came in their numbers, both young and old, male and female.

Chairperson of the North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Moshe Mabe, said they were heeding the provincial government’s call for the province’s citizens to live a healthy lifestyle.

“As traditional leaders, we should be leading from the front. This is only a start for us. All dikgosi who are here will be going back to their communities to spread the gospel to both the youth and adults. We are very serious about this, it is not just a gimmick,” he said. 

For Kgosi Gobusamang Shole of Batloung ba ga Shole in Ramatlabama, it was literally a matter of walking the talk. 

As one of the speakers at the funeral service of former boxing champion Norman “Pangaman” Sekgapane two weeks ago, he called on mourners to take to the road and walk or run, emulating the boxing legend.

“I told mourners that Pangaman used to run from his village towards Mahikeng every day, as part of his exercise, even after he had retired from sport. 

“Today I am showing them how it should be done,” said Kgosi Shole.