4 DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS / COMMENT November 2007
Taking a big swing for charity
Poor, needy PUTT-PUTT:
emerged the Calvin
not be the
real winners West Rand’s
BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI his time and
ogale City’s Executive making the
Mayor Koketso Calvin Golf Day a
Seerane’s sloppy tee-off success. He is
attested that the first
resident has no ambitions of fitting
in with the likes of Tiger Woods, let
alone our own municipal golfer prize-giving
Trevor Fritz. ceremony on
The handicap swing was not the the day.
only proof – he did not finish rounds
on the course like other golfers.
But Seerane’s patriotic ways and
zeal to push the service delivery
mandate made up for his lack of
expertise on the game.
And, this time around, his
strategy to fuel service delivery came
in a form of an annual Golf Day
which he recently hosted at the
Krugersdorp Golf Course.
A field of 100 golfers, comprising
of prominent local, provincial and
national government officials, as
well as corporate business executives humourous moments provided by a more relaxed and friendly “We are proud to have hosted this portraits of sporting greats like
graced the occasion with the aim of novice golfers attempting putts and environment. event and have intentions of Tiger Woods, George Best, a T-shirt
promoting Mogale City as one of the swings. And, that also goes without saying developing it into a much bigger and of Chiefs and team shirts and a
most sought after business and City Manager Dan Matshitisho that although many golfers were better event over the next few years. Manchester United flag.
tourist destinations in the country . and Peter Kute of the Council’s Inter- unqualified to chip the ball close to More so because we know that it is Although the Golf Day was not
However, the 18-hole game also Governmental Relations left the pin like their counterparts, the not just golfers we are hosting but meant for competing against each
gave Seerane a platform to raise spectators and other golfers spirit of raising funds for the charity important people from across the other, golfers scooped various prizes
funds for different charities in the entertained with what turned into a organisations was sky high. spectrum of life,” said the mayor. for taking part in this good cause.
greater Mogale City area as part of comedy show. All the players finished their Seerane also said: “To reach the Project co-ordinator in the
the social responsibility programme. Not only did the inept golfers fail rounds around 5pm, and thereafter pinnacle of service delivery success Mayor’s Office Eric Ngwana said the
In partnership with First to fix their swing problems, other had time to wash up and network we forge partnerships with all aim of the event was to promote the
National Bank (FNB), Mogale City packs of slackish golfers also threw with their experienced counterparts stakeholders who have the interest of municipality as an attractive
brought together current and strokes away by topping, slicing and around the Lapa at the golf course. our community at heart. business and tourist destination.
potential suppliers and investors to hooking the ball, culminating the The prizegiving ceremony was “We have been able to raise “It brings together current and
spend the day getting to know the game by causing many penalty under the guidance of SABC sports money which will fund needy and potential suppliers and investors to
municipality personnel and one strokes. presenter Thabiso Tema, who was deserving causes in our city .” spend the day getting to know
another. However, the lack of skill on the also the Master of the Ceremony . Prior to the gala dinner, sports municipal personnel and one
While the seriousness that some green did not stop sponsor, FNB, Addressing the golfers at memorabilia shop, Golf Encounters, another.”
golfers showed during the game was from networking with all these ,
ceremony Seerane said next year’s hosted an auction to raise funds for It also gave Seerane a platform to
notable, it did not blind out the government and industry players in event should be bigger than this one. .
charity Among items sold were raise money for various charities.
Our heritage determines just who we are
November is not recognised as venue is high risk fire area. poems, traditional dancers, in short ting or mala-mogodi (tripe).
Heritage Month but this article will
deliberately reverse the tide by
refocusing on the heritage issue.
September 24 saw countrywide
heritage celebrations with the main
event being held in Mangaung
The packed elderly tent was
dominated by grandmothers and a
sprinkle of grandpas could be
noticed in the tent.
Boredom flashed across the faces
of many young people when the
In simple terms, we only
remember our way of living once a
year and the remaining 364 days we
forget where we came from.
Heritage cannot be separated
We would rather buy an African
art piece from an expensive gallery
in Sandton than to buy the same
artwork from a street vendor.
Chika Onyeani, in his book
Capitalist Nigger unequivocally
Stadium and Gauteng province
staging its own at Maropeng, the
world heritage site.
Being part of the task team that
organised the Heritage Day
celebrations at Maropeng gave me a
legendary Mahotela Queens
performed on stage.
They just could not relate with
these living heroines.
Our government did the
unimaginable by recognising and
from history and history cannot be
separated from origin, origin gives
us identity .
Therefore, we only remember
our identity once a year, thanks to
government for helping those who
states: “It does not require an
educated idiot to understand that if
you continue to abandon your
community and invest in others,
you are definitely an illiterate”.
It’s about time we teach our
clear perspective of what people do officiating a public holiday in honour Heritage Day . children to speak our languages
during these celebrations. honour of our heritage. rituals and place of worship. In the It is disturbing to see even after more often, we wear our traditional
I saw thousands of overjoyed The onus lies on us as European perspective it is extended 13 years of democracy our ,
outfits regularly we cook and eat
children, mothers and grannies who individuals, fathers and mothers to to the built-environment such as communities are still astonished by our traditional foods.
hailed from different corners of the indoctrinate the importance of monuments, statues and heritage the Western culture while tumbling We should reinvest in our
province. Children were thrilled heritage to our families, friends, sites”. on their own culture. communities by buying artworks
with the jumping castles. neighbourhoods and colleagues. Heritage in any form or manner, As Africans, inspite of our hard- from our fellow community
This being my first attendance at The private sector should not be given the right recognition has the earned democracy we express members, we should encourage our
Heritage Day celebrations, I left behind. It should also play a role ability to nurture a country both ourselves better in other languages children to join cultural groups and
expected to see ethnic groups by supporting our heritage-related politically and economically . than in our own. poetry sessions.
displaying their flamboyant cultural structures and celebrations. Heritage is a knowledge We prefer to buy foreign music Our children’s association with
outfits like Makgabe, Seshoeshoe, The Longman Dictionary of reservoir, like a noble baton, it and write or make illegal copies of cultural groups like Esikangwane
Amabeshu, Munwenda, Motheka, Contemporary English defines should be passed over from local music. Dance and Threatre Creations, Via
Imvunulo yesiSwati etc. heritage as “an object, custom or generation to generation. Our communities, especially the Volcano, Izigci Dance and Theatre,
Instead our community , quality which is passed down over One does not have to go school to Black Diamonds with the proudly Kgosi Khumalo’s Backyard Art
especially the youth in glitzy ,
many years within a family social learn his or her heritage, unless if anti-African accent, are more Gallery Poetry Session and others
designer outfits, turned the venue group or nation and is thought of you want to be specialist in this conversant with Western will help us to preserve our heritage.
into dating corner. belonging to all its members”. field. Like any other discipline, restaurants and designer outfits. Our lifestyle should on a daily
A view of young boys in their According to heritage specialist heritage can be shared, restored, To them township B&Bs, basis reflect our cultural
middle teens and early 20s Ishmael Mbhokodo: “In an African and practiced daily It is only during
. restaurants and pubs are not orientation. This will enable us to
exchanging cigarettes stompies context, heritage is considered to be Heritage Day that a few people matching the standard. pass-on our heritage and refrain
was common throughout the day but not limited to the following: remember our traditional outfits, They rather buy pizzas or from remembering our heritage
irrespective of the fact that the traditional lifestyle, clothing, food, customary foods, our traditional burgers on daily basis than cook once a year.