19 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

CATA celebrates Africa Day in Taung

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 29 May 2018

Communities across Bokone Bophirima province celebrated Africa Day in Sekhing village in Taung last Friday, with a display of different cultures and traditions, music and dance. 
 
The event was organised by Bokone Bophirima’s Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA).
 
Keynote speaker on the day, CATA MEC Ontlametse Mochware, said it was important to celebrate Africa Day. Mochware said this would ensure that Africanism is preserved, especially among the youth.  
 
“Definitely yes, because from the onset this day needs to be celebrated in order for us to appreciate who we are as Africans and to appreciate our political, socio-economic conditions and challenges. What are we currently doing as the African continent to address such challenges?
 
“We need to know that we are different either according to our culture, heritage or economy. However, we need to face our challenges head-on. And the current leadership and the communities across the African continent must work together to ensure that those challenges are addressed,” she said.
 
Mochware said the department has over the years ensured that Africa Day celebrations are held in different parts of the province. 
 
“The aim was to visit each district in the province, hence we brought the event to Sekhing village in Taung. This is not a farewell event for those 15 villages that will be relocated to Northern Cape. We are also aware that our students do not like our indigenous knowledge system faculty at North West University. So, we will work together with the university to ensure that more students study that. We encourage our people, especially the youth to know what it means to be an African,” she said.
 
Mochware said Africanism cannot be celebrated or preserved if the continent lacks specialists in that field.
 
Chief of Batlhaping Ba-ga-Mothibi, Kgosi Ponatshego Mothibi, said it is important to celebrate Africanism and pride ourselves in that. 
 
“This will assist us to showcase the beauty of being an African. We also need to educate our young ones and leave a legacy for them to know what it means being an African. We have realised that our communities do not know much about African cultures. We have experienced xenophobic attacks in the country, but we need to teach them [our people] that a fellow African is a brother and sister to us. We also need to educate our youth to know their identity and ensure that western culture does not overshadow them,” Kgosi Mothibi said. 
 
Minam George (74) from Namibia shared the same sentiments, saying even though they stay in Tlakgameng village near Ganyesa, they still practice their culture. 
  
“We are proud to be Namibian and we always embrace our culture. We are grateful that the Tlakgameng residents welcomed us. We are also excited to learn the Batswana culture. We are from one big family as Africa is our motherland,” George said.