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Kgafela loses again in Moruleng

Bakgatla bag a Kgafela paramount chief, Kgosikgolo Kgafela has been interdicted by the Mafikeng High Court from going ahead with his planned installation of Mpule Pheto to rule Bakgatla in Moruleng.

Kgafela is fighting tooth and nail to bring to an end the reign of his nemesis, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane. After the successful interdiction of Kgafela’s planned coronation of Mpule Pheto as the ruler of Bakgatla in Moruleng, Kgafela must make a compelling case before the Commission established to bring an end to the conflict at Moruleng.

The urgent court application to interdict Kgafela comes at the heat of an ongoing commission in Rustenburg, South Africa where both camps are making submissions in who should be the chief in Moruleng. Multitudes of Bakgatla from both South Africa and Botswana thronged Rustenburg civic centre to offer support to their camps.

Kgafela’s submissions on between the 20th and 21st of September were backed by traditions of Bakgatla which recognise him as the paramount chief of all Bakgatla Ba a Kgafela. 

Nyalala Pilane’s camp which has lobbied for support from the young population mostly is of the view that the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa should send Kgosi Kgafela II back to Botswana before he disturbs the peace at Moruleng. They believe that Kgafela has trampled on the South African constitution and what he intends to do is unconstitutional. Their view is that the South African constitution does not recognise him.

On the other hand Kgafela’s supporters, mostly senior citizens are concerned that the Bakgatla culture is being thrown to the dogs. They posit that Kgafela was born a chief and he has control over Bakgatla in Moruleng and Botswana. Elders are also concerned by reports of misuse of the morafe’s assets and finances. Kgafela has argued that he wants to install a new ruler who will bring accountability to the Bakgatla bag a Kgafela in Moruleng when it comes to their mining assests and finances. 

Kgosi Kgafela II is supported in his bid to take control in Moruleng by Advocate Sidney Pilane and other Bakgatla legal brains. Sources in Moruleng indicate that the matter is likely to reach the constitutional court because no camp wants to lose out.

Before the commission hearing and the court interdiction, Bakgatla royal council in Moruleng had vowed to end Kgafela Kgafela’s scheduled installation of an acting kgosi in that town this month. In a statement, the royal council, led by the three royal families in Moruleng, said Kgafela’s Moruleng kgotla meetings, usually attended by residents of Mochudi bussed to a village called Lesetlheng, “are causing instability with the potential to flare up serious conflicts and violence in the area. This untenable behaviour can neither be tolerated nor allowed to continue.”

DECISIONS AGAINST KGAFELA THAT GIVE NYALALA CONFIDENCE

·      Kgafela has attempted on several occasions to litigate against Kgosi Nyalala Pilane and morafe and has also unilaterally committed morafe to cover some of his legal costs.

·      Kgafela  had  lost several court cases against Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, morafe and the Premier of North West. In one of the cases he had applied to court to allow him to nominate 60% membership of the Traditional Council. The application was dismissed with costs.

·      He also applied for withdrawal of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane’s Certificate of Recognition as Kgosi of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela and recognition of Rampho Pheto as Acting Kgosi. He withdrew the application. Cost order awarded in favour of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela.

·      Application for an interdict against Mafereka & North West Premier to stop North West from proceeding with the enquiry into the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Chieftaincy dismissed with cost order against him.

·      He also applied to  compel attorney, Mothuloe and Kgosi Nyalala to account for public funds. Application was dismissed.

·      He also approached  the North Gauteng High Court demanding payment of R5m towards costs for professional legal services rendered to him  to be paid by the traditional community. Application was dismissed with costs.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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