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Mapulana heritage celebrated


A Sepulana traditional dance group

The Malele Traditional Council, under the leadership of Kgoshi S.E Malele welcomed thousands of visitors from near and far to celebrate the annual heritage celebration at the Malele Royal Council, Ga-Relane next to the R40 main road on Saturday, the 4th of November 2018.

The annual event was embraced by distinguished guests such as the community members, local mayor, television stars, government officials, business people, provincial traditional leadership and many others.

“We’ve gathered here today with the chief and residents in order for us to celebrate the Sepulana culture, and also to remind each other, especially the youth about their heritage. It is also to educate the young ones about their traditional dances, attire, food, and their history as Mapulana speaking people. We are happy that we’re able to unite different traditions as one. We have 10 traditional authorities in Bushbuckridge,” said the local executive mayor, Cllr. Sylvia Nxumalo.

Kgoshi S.E Malele is the 16th to ascend the chieftaincy after the death of his father in 2013. In his speech, Kgoshi Malele said; firstly I would like to welcome everyone for being present here today, the day wouldn’t be a success without your presence. We are happy to be celebrating our heritage with different ethnic groups; which also goes on to prove that unity is prevalent over our cultural differences in our multicultural region. As the Malele Traditional Authority, we encourage sports and education, therefore we work closely with our SGBs (School Governing Bodies) to ensure that our learners do well school. We would also like to wish our children who are writing their exams the best of luck during this period. They’re the ones who will be able to advance our heritage into the next generations.”

Traditional food was the order of the day as the crowd was also entertained by local Morupelo music singers, traditional dances from different tribal authorities as well as kgati (stick fighting) and locally written Sepulana novels.

“The event was successful, and we are delighted to have had visitors from other traditional authorities, COGTA (Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs), SABC 1 actors Masoja Msizi & Gugu Gumede (popularly known as Nkunzi and Mamlambo respectively), government officials and most importantly the community members, especially the youth,” said Witness Mosoma, the Malele Traditional Council chairperson.

He added; “As we know that we celebrate this event on the first week of November annually, this year we have tried to improve from last year, and hopefully next year will be even better. We would like to urge communities to wear traditional attires when attending to such gatherings,” Mosoma concluded.