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					4                                                                DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS / COMMENT                                                                                   November 2007

Taking a big swing for charity
Poor, needy                                                                                                                                                                                     PUTT-PUTT:

emerged the                                                                                                                                                                                     Calvin
                                                                                                                                                                                                Seerane may
                                                                                                                                                                                                not be the

real winners                                                                                                                                                                                    West Rand’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                Tiger Woods,
                                                                                                                                                                                                but he
                                                                                                                                                                                                certainly put
BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI                                                                                                                                                                             his time and
                                                                                                                                                                                                effort into

              ogale City’s Executive                                                                                                                                                            making the
              Mayor Koketso Calvin                                                                                                                                                              Golf Day a
              Seerane’s sloppy tee-off                                                                                                                                                          success. He is
              attested that the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                pictured here
resident has no ambitions of fitting
in with the likes of Tiger Woods, let
                                                                                                                                                                                                during the
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
                                                                                                      I     NFO-
                                                                                                     WITH TIRO
                                                                                                                               our origin.
                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                     T              MAHLAKOLENG
                                                                                                                               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.

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