Bakwena celebrate women’s day

Portia Mlilo
APPRECIATING: Kgosi Kgari and MmaTumagole

As the world celebrated Women’s Day, Bakwena also gathered at Molepolole main kgotla to celebrate the day under the theme ‘Women Empowerment and Equity.’

At the event Bakwena also celebrated the birthday of their Kgosi Kgari Sechele III’s wife Mohumagadi MmaTumagole’s birthday.

This double celebration was organised by the office of the Member of Parliament for Molepolole South Kabo Neale Sechele Morwaeng who is also the Minister of Presidential Affairs.

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Bakwena celebrate women's day
ORGANISERS: Minister Morwaeng and his wife Phondy Morwaeng

In his welcome remarks, Kgosi Kgari III was impressed by the massive attendance by women on their day.

He thanked Morwaeng’s office for finding it necessary to organise this special event.

Kgosi said Bakwena appreciate, recognize and value women hence the need to celebrate them.

Giving motivational remarks on women empowerment and economic challenges, Lesang Nora Motlhabane said she started with a chibuku depot and now she owns a lodge and conference centre.

Bakwena celebrate women's day
CELEBRATING: Some of Bakwena women who attended the event

She said she tried many businesses which failed and that made her learn where she went wrong and what she could have done differently.

“Some of the lessons I learnt in business is that you have to separate business and personal life. Have a salary and stick to it. Know that business comes with many challenges and you have to be patient and work hard at all times. Be focused,” said Motlhabane

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Minister Morwaeng said Bakwena are the only ones who can restore their dignity. He said they should respect their kgosi and his wife.

“We are very proud of kgosi Kgari and we thank him for allowing us to do this event at the kgotla. We recently met with pastors and other elders in the village so soon we will have a men’s conference. The idea started in 2020 led by my wife Phondy Morwaeng, the Mma Kgari, MmaTumagole and other village elders. They brought women together for empowerment and the discussion on the fight against Gender Based violence,” he said

For her part, MmaTumagole appreciated the support and love she got from Bakwena for the past 15 years she has been married to Kgosi Kgari.

She said it has not been an easy journey because of her demanding job.

“It has not been easy to raise three boys and work as a nurse. I thank my husband for taking care of our kids when I was studying abroad and soon I will be going to do my Phd for four years in the UK. I thank Morwaeng and his wife for organizing this event and celebrating my birthday in style,” said MmaTumagole

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