AfriForum and Traditional Communities promote sustainable co-existence
29 July 2022
AfriForum and representatives of the office of iNkosi (chief) Zwelothando Mabandla of the AmaBhele kaJamangile Traditional Community and the office of Kgosi (chief) Gabo Moroka of the Barolong Boo Seleka Traditional Community, visited Orania with the aim of the promoting intercultural dialogue, peaceful co-existence and acceptance of diverse cultural identities. These two traditional communities are already promoting agricultural development and a culture of self-sufficiency in their communities and utilised this opportunity to see how Orania operates as a community that promotes self-sufficiency.
Kgosi Gabo Moroka was recognised as Motshwaredi (regent) of the Barolong Boo Seleka Traditional Community last month after a decade long leadership battle. A joint agricultural project at the Noga’s Post Village of Thaba ’Nchu already harvested its first crop. “Robert Alan wrote: Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.
Together we stand stronger in finding solutions to build a future we all wish for, and together we shall stand to ensure our communities thrive and progress. The Bible says: Peter said, “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another. Rather, in every nation, whoever worships him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34-35) It is time for all of us to do what is right in peace, respect, tolerance and love,” says Kgosi Gabo Moroka, regent of the Barolong Boo Seleka traditional community.
The Jamangile kaMabandla Royal Family are already in the process of building a self-sufficient community with security, education, healthcare, recreational and child play facilities. The vision is to build a new smart agri-hood to uplift the community and provide an opportunity for families to be part of a community that is accountable to each other whilst prioritising food security, rural development and poverty alleviation.