The scenic Ntsweng site, the historical Bakwena royal burial site in Molepolole, will miss the rythm and stamping of cultural dancers as the 2018 Dithubaruba Cultural festival will be hosted in a different venue. For 2018, Molepolole Sports Complex will play host to culture enthusiasts and tourists who will flock to the popular annual cultural event. Organisers of Dithubaruba promise to deliver an information packed programme that is both educational, entertaining and cultural. The programme kicked off with a Fun Walk on August 11, followed by a symposium at University of Botswana on Thursday culminating with the main event on September 1.
Dithubaruba Cultural Festival Coordinator Power Kawina said the festival will be held under the theme; My Culture, My Treasure. He said this year, Bakwena in the diaspora will be represented at the event more than before. There will be delegations from Phokeng, Rustenburg and Limpopo in South Africa, and others from Namibia. It is also expected that Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso from the Kingdom of Lesotho, will grace the occasion as well as to give the keynote address.
"As we might be aware, Dithubaruba Cultural Festival is an annual event celebrating the various cultures of the people of Kweneng District. This year the fun-filled event will be temporarily held at Molepolole Sports Complex, Soft Ball pitch starting from 0900hrs untill early morning of Sunday with entertainment by various traditional dance troupes and poets" said Kawina.
For the last six years the Dithubaruba Cultural Festival has been held at Ntsweng, which is the site where Molepolole was situated before it moved to the present location, but due to the ongoing development at Ntsweng, the festival will be held at Molepolole sports complex. Part of proceeds generated from this event will be used to recapitalize the Kgosi Sechele I Museum Trust as well as to develop an Amphitheatre at Ntsweng Heritage Site.
Dithubaruba has grown one day event at inception to a four-day programme that includes a symposium, a visit to the original Dithejwane hills (now commonly known as Dithubaruba) on the western side of Molepolole, inclusion of some Bakwena cultural rituals, input from Bakwena in neighbouring countries and participation by other tribes that impact the development of the tribe.
Last Saturday, Dithubaruba joined hands with Y Cares for pre walk traversing the ancestral land of the Bakwena in search of historical background that forms part of what Botswana is today. The Fun Walk from Kgosi Sechele I Museum to Dithejwane hills (now known as Dithubaruba) to visit marope and artefacts on the site and old graves was a build up to the main event.
A Symposium for public debate will be held on August 23 at UB block CCE, under the theme "Sago la Moeng". Speakers include Abel Mabuse from Bokalaka, Mr B Mokgothu representing Babolongwe, Dr Sento from Bakgwatleng, and Philip Segadika who has undertakeneExcavations at Ntsweng site.
On Wednesday August 29, Bakwena history will be shared at the main kgotla with tribesmen from different countries including Lesotho, Phokeng, Namibia, and South Africa (Bakwena ba ga Mogopa) in a public lecture format.
Diletswa tsa setso: Sbonkile Kgaila (Gakgatla, Katara), Solly Sebotso(Letlhakeng, Katara), Sua Pan (Segaba)
Polka: Rhihako (Kanye), Welkom Polka (Gabane)
Borankana jwa Sekwena: Bana ba Kwena, Dipela tsa ga Kobokwe
Moshomo (Mokoto / Mohubu): Dikgosana le Bomme ba Mokwena, Rakhiba and Marabi