Makgalemele urges youth to promote culture

PORTIA NKANI
Tuesday, 05 September 2017
Makgalemele urges youth to promote culture

Applauds Makgobokane for a successful Mokoto festival

Shoshong expo billed for November 25th

The Shoshong constituency will hold its annual Expo in November 25th at Shoshong Brigade, area Member of Parliament Phillip Makgalemele has revealed. 

Giving a keynote address over the weekend at the Mokoto wa Lesoso cultural festival in Shoshong, Makgalemele urged the Shoshong youth to help drive the promotion of culture and tourism in the constituency. 

Applauding the Makgobokane social club for successfully putting the Mokoto wa Lesoso event together, he revealed, “this upcoming expo is for our comparative advantage, where we will look at spreading up job creation, alleviating poverty and promoting agriculture. “We should be proud of our cultural heritages, tradition and be able to market ourselves internationally. We want to see this event grow and become well-known just like other calendar events that have been able to attract internationals.” This year’s festival attracted over 400 revellers this past weekend compared to 200 when it first launched last year. Lately, Botswana has seen a mushrooming of cultural festivities from various tribal backgrounds, with the aim of promoting and preserving their respective cultures. Mokoto was Lesoso is an initiative by the youth of Shoshong known as Makgobokane social club, which was benchmarked from Molepolole’s annual Dithubaruba of the Bakwena tribe. 

Makgobokane Chairman, Edwin Lesole told BG Style that it was formed as an organisation aimed at helping the needy and giving back to the communities of Shoshong village and its proximities.  To diversify on their mandate, the social club then looked back into their village, on what they can do to promote culture, bringing people together to embrace their culture as the Bangwato of Shoshong. 

Meanwhile, in another development, Makgalemele revealed that, “we are in the process of coming up with a Shoshong constituency Tourism trade hub so that when a tourist travels to Shoshong they know what cultural sites or tourist destinations to look out for. 

“This will not only attract tourists but also attract possible investors to come and invest in Shoshong and help develop it.”

 

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