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Trust in the South African North West Province security system but please leave your bad luck behind when you cross the border. While the North West Provincial Government would do anything within their power to keep Batswana’s cars safe in South Africa, they cannot be held responsible for your susceptibility to bad luck. That was the message from the North West MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Desbo Mohono when addressing the media at Masa Square Hotel (Gaborone) on Thursday. “Our government has put in place necessary measures such as surveillance cameras to curb the theft of motor vehicles,” ” Mohono said, adding “But we cannot promise that your car would not be stolen.
Some of you have bad luck following you all around.”
South Africa’s North West Tourism Board were in Gaborone as part of their continued efforts to attract local holidaymakers to the province. The board presented ‘Bokone Bophirima’ as an alternative tourist destination to Batswana’s favorite Kwazulu Natal (KZN) and the Western Cape provinces. “Batswana and South Africans are the same people. We are related in one way or the other and that is why you top the number of foreign nationals visiting South Africa at any given time,” the MEC said. “We are here to say, you don’t need to go to KZN or Western Cape for holidays all the time,” Mohono said, adding “There’s no need for you to go to Durban for a boat cruise to Mozambique when we have such at Hartbeespoort right across the border in North West.”
Mohono invited Batswana to the upcoming weeklong Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Festival starting early December.
“We are inviting you to come across and enjoy the annual Mahika Mahikeng festival that will culminate with a jazz concert at Lotlaamoreng Dam on December 10.” The festival, which features some of South Africa’s top artists, will this year feature Botswana’s ATI, Amantle Brown, and Leungo Pitse.
“After being contacted by the organizers to help select Batswana participants we ran a poll on social media where Amantle and ATI came tops,” says Leapfrog’s Thapelo Pabalinga. He is also the founder for a similar initiative, the Gaborone International Music and Culture week.
The Mahika Mahikeng Music and Cultural Festival provides a platform for product position and paradigm innovation for the creative industries sector in the North West Province.
The North West Parks and Tourism Board has its roots in the development of the Pilanesberg National Park in the late 1970’s. In terms of the National Parks Act No. 24 of Bophuthatswana, passed in 1987, the Board as it stands today was established for the purpose of managing proclaimed parks and controlling the use of renewable natural resources outside such national parks. The Board is presently responsible for two national parks, three game reserves, one recreation site and one heritage site.
Pilanesberg National Park, our oldest reserve, is located approximately 60 km north of Rustenburg. The resorts of Sun City and Lost City lie outside the Park on its southern boundary. Borakalalo National Park is found to the east of Pilanesberg about 60 km north of Brits. Madikwe Game Reserve, the largest of all our parks and reserves, is found 80 km north of Zeerust on the Botswana border, while Botsalano Game Reserve is located approximately 40 km north of Mmabatho.
The third game reserve, Mafi keng Game Reserve, is found immediately east of Mafi keng, while the Lotlamoreng Recreation Site is located a few kilometers west of Mafi keng. Both the Mafi keng Game Reserve and the Lotlamoreng Recreation Site, together with a strip of intervening land along the Molopo River, comprise what is known as the Mmabatho Greenbelt Development. The Taung Heritage Site is located approximately 75 km south of Vryburg.