19 September 2018


CATA celebrates Africa Day

by: Thato Matshidiso   date: 01 June 2018

As billions of citizens across the African continent and the diaspora celebrated their oneness as Africans, Bokone Bophirima province also held provincial celebrations at Sekhing village in Taung.

Song and dance were the order of the day as the African child displayed pride in their culture and tradition - dressed in different African regalia. Locals and fellow citizens from across the province formed part of these celebrations. 

MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (Cata), Ontlametse Mochware, used the event to unveil the Wall of Traditional Leaders of Batlhaping ba ga Mothibi, to the excitement of local villagers. The beautification project was done by local artists.

Among the highlights of the day were performances by popular musicians from the province such as HHP, Tuks Sengaga, Nomtiti and Dithaga tsa ga Mma Halenyane. 
“Today tells a good story about us as Africans. We must all unite to build peace and the economies of our continent. 
“This year we celebrate the centenary of the most outstanding forebears, Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. We celebrate them because they sacrificed their lives for the emancipation of our people,” said MEC Mochware.  

One of the objectives of the event was to raise awareness about the importance and relevance of Africa Month celebrated in May. The day was also geared towards the building of tolerance for diverse cultures, languages and religions. 
In thanking the department for choosing his village for this year’s event, Kgosi Obakeng Mothibi said: “We should embrace each other as Africans. We need to follow in the footsteps of former President Nelson Mandela in this historic year of celebrating his centenary”.  

Government departments and agencies including South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Home Affairs, Community Safety and Transport Management as well as the North West Development Corporation (NWDC) put up stalls where they provided services to the community.