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Take Pride in National Pride
08/08/11
A re tlotleng Pina ya Sechaba..!

Botswana like any other nation prides itself in its symbols such as the National Flag, Coat of Arms, and National Anthem amongst others. It is for this reason that recently, Hon. Moiseraela Goya raised the use issue about the usage of the National Anthem.

Specifically, he asked the Min­ister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration to state if he is aware that the singing of the National Anthem varies, that in some choral choirs do not repeat the chorus of the Anthem while in public gatherings like Kgotla meetings, the chorus is repeated and if people are allowed to jok­ingly use the National Anthem and change some of its lyrics as evidenced in the recent strikes.

In his response, Hon. Mok­gweetsi Masisi said, “Madam Speaker, I am aware that some choral choirs do not repeat the chorus of the National Anthem. Having said that, I am aware that in the past, Government stepped in to advise the nation about the importance of singing the National Anthem correctly, after it was observed that there were instances where at some fora and social gatherings, peo­ple were not always singing the second stanza as well as repeat­ing the chorus.

To my knowledge all Batswa­na are aware that the National Anthem should be sung in full irrespective of the type of social gathering where it is deemed fit for it to be sung.

Responding to the second concern, he said that no person is allowed to jokingly use the National Anthem and change its lyrics. “It has been brought to my attention that during the public service strike some people did, in fact, do that.

Botswana adopted the Na­tional Anthem at Independence and ever since that day, the national Radio Botswana has been using the recorded cho­ral version of this song as both epilogue and prologue to their live broadcasting in a standard manner that, I believe, its origi­nal and unique and should be maintained,” added Hon. Masisi.

 For those that are still unsure about how the National Anthem goes here it is:

                                             

                                                                             Fatshe leno la rona,

Ke mpho ya Modimo,

Ke boswa jwa borraetsho;

A le nne ka kagiso.

CHORUS:

Tsogang, tsogang! banna, tsogang!

Emang, basadi, emang, tlhagafalang!

Re kopaneleng go direla

Lefatshe la rona.

Ina lentle la tumo

La tšhaba ya Botswana,

Ka kutlwano le kagisano,

E bopagantswe mmogo.

CHORUS:

Tsogang, tsogang! banna, tsogang!

Emang, basadi, emang, tlhagafalang!

Re kopaneleng go direla

Lefatshe la rona.

Tsogang, tsogang! banna, tsogang!

Emang, basadi, emang, tlhagafalang!

Re kopaneleng go direla

Lefatshe la rona.

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