Youth ministry plans SADC cultural week (Botswana Daily News)

| September 2, 2015

Plans are under way for the SADC countries’ cultural exchange week billed for Botswana before end of this year.

The minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng said the idea to host the event came after the country held a successful SADC summit where the attendants were treated to a variety of cultural activities among them traditional songs and dance.

He told the gathering during the Mbugu-wa-Kathimana cultural festival as some members of Mbugu-wa-Kathimana Cultural Society advocated for the inclusion of the healing dance ‘Diware’ in the President’s competitions.

Minister Olopeng explained his ministry is working round the clock to finalise the logistics of hosting a cultural exchange week.

He said some of the presidents who attended the cultural festival held during the SADC summit enjoyed the performances and asked for DVDs so that they could appreciate the richness of Botswana culture when they go back to their respective countries.

In this regard, Olopeng said he approached the Office of the President seeking approval to host SADC cultural exchange week sometime before the end of the year with a view to bring together all the SADC countries to showcase their different cultures.

He appealed to the communities to get prepared for the event noting that different ethnic groups would be invited to come and showcase what they have.

He said his ministry is finalising all the logistics and a date would be announced for the event.

Earlier on, the leaders complained that they have healing and non-healing dances which were not included in any category during the competitions. Benson Dibebe who is the coordinator of Mbugu-wa-Kathimana Cultural Society said they have many cultural groups such as Kamberera, Shamuningi and Kurepekumane which are doing well.

He said the Kamberera group has become the champions for four consecutive years in the President Day Competition since 2012 up to date.

On other issues, Dibebe revealed some of the achievements for the society such as inclusion of Thiwinji dance into the President’ Day Competitions noting that the dance is performed by youth and that it could be a driving force towards the economic empowerment mechanism.

Other achievements are amendment of the constitution and formulation of strategic plan.

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