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Bakwena of Namibia and South African to grace this year’s Dithubaruba

The annual cultural event, commonly known as Dithubaruba, will be held on 31st August 2013. The event will be celebrated at the heritage site called Ntsweng (famously known as Kwa ga Mmakgosi).

“We are expecting 350 participants to entertain guests. We are expecting more than 3500 guests. This number is from the tickets to be sold,” said the event’s organizer, Power Kawina. “There are usually more people who take advantage of the poor fencing of the site and enter through ungazetted points. These, therefore, cannot be accounted for,”

He said that, for the second time, the Bafokeng from Phokeng in South Africa are expected to participate in the event at which they first participated last year.

“This year, we are also expecting participants from Namibia. These are the people who say they are also Bakwena so they are going to offer support in the promotion of our culture,” he said.

An employee of Kgosi Sechele 1 Museum, who only preferred to be called MmaMoloi, said the Bafokeng are also Bakwena who live in South Africa.

“Bakwena are from South Africa, so those that are left there are the Bafokeng. They remained in South Africa and survived there. Their participation is a sign of our oneness with them as we showcase the diversity of our culture,” she said.

Dithubaruba Cultural Festival aims at promoting and appreciating the diverse cultural practices in the Kweneng District.

The activities of the day include music and traditional foods, Dikgafela, poetry traditional beer and traditional games.

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