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Fearing that his subjects ...
Fearing that his subjects might be subjected to racism, Kgosi Kgari Sechele of Bakwena sought and won separation of his recruits from South African fighters.
Speakers included Paramount Chief ...
Speakers included Paramount Chief Kgosi Kgari Sechele III, a representative from the Department of Culture and Youth, Dineo Phuti, Chairman of Kgosi Sechele I Museum, Basiamang Garebakwena, and Bakwena Deputy Chief Keineetse Sebele.
Kgosi Sechele I Museum ...
Kgosi Sechele I Museum chairperson, Basiamang Garebakwena, started off by briefly explaining to the audience what the festival was all about.
Among other things, he said, the festival was a platform aimed at reviving culture.
He added that the festival also aims to promote cultural activities by hosting competitions, and encouraging people to treat cultural festivals as a way of entertainment.
He urged the gathering to support the annual cultural festival, so Kweneng culture does not disappear.
He noted that the museum intends to move the celebration to Dithubaruba, where Molepolole village started.
Garebakwena told the gathering that reviving and preserving culture would not only instil pride in Bakwena, but that it can also be used as a means of sustenance.
He said Kweneng District has a number of monuments (historical cultural cites), which, if used well, could attract tourists to the district, and thus help improve the lives of the communities.
Paramount Chief of Bakwena, Kgosi Kgari Sechele III, reiterated Garebakwena's words, urging Bakwena to use culture for economic diversification.
noted that every culture when used properly has the potential of improving people's lives, and alleviating poverty.
said Kweneng District is one of the districts hardest hit by unemployment, urging the gathering to look into using culture to end poverty.
noted that handcrafts are including wood carving, hive tanning, and cultural singing, dancing and poetry can also help alleviate poverty, urging relevant bodies to help communities in marketing their products outside the country.
A representative from the Department of Culture and Youth, Dineo Phuti, took the opportunity to enlighten the audience on the different government programmes aimed at promoting culture, and encouraging individuals to use culture as a way of sustaining oneself.
noted that government is doing a lot to support arts, but encouraged individuals to also do their part.
United Nations OCHA IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS
MOLEPOLOLE, 26 May (PLUSNEWS) - In Molepolole, a village 50 kilometres outside Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, Chief Sechele enthusiastically accepted when a group of United States Peace Corp volunteers broke with tradition last week and asked the Bakwena Paramount Chief, Kgosi Kgari Sechele III, to publicly take an HIV test.Full report
...JOHANNESBURG, 1 June (PLUSNEWS) - Botswana Paramount Chief Kgosi Kgari Sechele III and 30 of his tribal leaders have voluntarily tested for HIV to help lessen AIDS-related stigma.
WBZ-AM: World News
Bakwena Paramount Chief Kgosi Kgari Sechele III and about 30 headmen took the test Saturday after being asked by Peace Corps volunteers.
So they approached Sechele
and the headmen at Molepolole, a village 30 miles south of the capital, Gaborone.