Dithapediso tsa morafe
DITHAPEDISO TSA MORAFE WA BAKWENA BA MOGOPA
05 February 2015
Mmanotshe Moduane High School in Hebron which is a semi urban region under the jurisdiction of Kgosikgolo TRM Mamogale saw thousands of churchgoers flocking in to attend the Annual Bakwena Ba Mogopa Dithapediso tsa Morafe. The ceremony which is held during the last week of January each year at a location herald by the Chief is a combined interdenominational prayer service involving the Community, Traditional Leadership, Reverends and The Chief with the aim of uniting the four parties together through prayer.
The Lord was acknowledged through prayer by Mr. SW Phaladi, Chief of Staff of the Administration who gave way to the Prominent Guests to Kgosi to also enlighten the community which included Kgosi Nawa of Ba Nawa Community and Mmemogolo S Molotlegi – Queen Mother to the Royal Bafokeng Nation, she emphasised on the significance of self-purpose, knowing who we are is important and knowing the Lord is vital. One needs to change and the saying goes every saint has a past and every sinner a future. We all are here to learn and through Christ we put our good foot forward.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy one is understanding, Proverbs 9:10 and Chronicles 7:14 – if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn away from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land, were amongst the scriptures that gave light to the event.
The Chief shared his grief in regards to the land grabbers in the Hebron region and that the matter was in the High Court for adjudication, other challenges included to a degree the economical emancipation of the members of the community and the social support of the orphaned and the elderly. But the Almighty needs to be glorified and praised for the successes of 2014 where by Bagopa Agriculture, which is a subsidiary of the Bakwena Ba Mogopa Administration has successfully planted 520 hectors of maize and started with a small herd of cattle that has calved 16 heifers.
The Dithapediso ceremony went harmoniously well and Kgosikgolo TRM Mamogale on behalf of his office would like to acknowledge and thank sponsors of this event. Glencore Bethanie, Sasko Pioneer Pty Ltd, Kopano “Dumisa TV” and of course the North West Investments for being the Official carrier of the Bakwena Ba Mogopa community to the Dithapediso tsa Morafe.
Address by Kgosikgolo TRM Mamogale - Dithapediso tsa morafe 2015
POLELO KA KGOSIKGOLO TRM MAMOGALE MO DITHAPEDISONG TSA MORAFE KWA HEBRON KA 31 FERIKGONG 2015
Moradisi, ntetle go dumedisa Mmakgosi KC Mamogale, dikgosana le makgotla a Bakwena ba Mogopa, boRangwane, morafe wa Bakwena Ba Mogopa, baeng botlhe le diphuthego tse di tlileng go rapela le rona. Ga ke lebale le badiri ba Bakwena ba Mogopa ba ba tsereng matsapa a go baakanyetsa tiro e gore e atlege.
Re kopane gompieno gore re leboge Modimo mo thekgong e O re fileng yone mo tsamaisong le maphelo a Morafe wa Bakwena ba Mogopa. Re kopane le dikgwetlho tse di farologaneng, fela ka maatla le tshegetso ya Modimo, re kgonne go kgabaganya mo bontsing jwa tsone.
Two years ago in Bethanie, I talked about people from outside the community who what they wish on the property of Bakwena ba Mogopa. I specifically referred to the people who have grabbed our land in the area of Hebron. I reported that the matter was in the High Court for adjudication. We are just waiting for the judgment to be delivered any time from the coming week. In the interim, we have to check with the SAPS as to why they are not taking action when these people continue with the land grab activities. There is an interdict against these people that allows the SAPS to act.
The other challenge that we had, and still have to a certain degree, is the economic emancipation of the members of the community. Firstly, we had differences with the Rhovan Management in terms of procurement opportunities for members of the community. This matter has been resolved. Those who work in mining procurement space must now make of the opportunities that are now available. For example, there is a clinic that has to be built in Bethanie. The tender will be advertised very soon. Be prepared.
We are now operating our own granite mine in Makolokwe. We have resolved our issues with MKR. The mining right for MKR will be finalized this year. I trust that this will help our young people who are job seekers, as well as those who are entrepreneurs.We have successfully planted our first 520 Hectors of maize. We have also started with a small head of cattle, 16 heifers that have now calved. This was our entry into the agricultural space. We have planned to enter agriculture on a commercial scale to firstly, address the economic challenges around us, as well as to properly make use of our biggest asset, which is land and the people living on it.