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MLGRD celebrate 50 Years’ in style
06/10/16
MLGRD celebrate 50 Years’ in style Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development took part in the BOT50 celebrations as they participated in the float rehearsals and final activity of Independence at the National stadium
MLGRD celebrate 50 Years’ in style

MLGRD celebrate 50 Years’ in style

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development took part in the BOT50 celebrations as they participated in the float rehearsals and final activity of Independence at the National stadium.

MLGRD participated in the Pre- Independence with three Dikgosi Kgosi Sue Mosinyi, Kgosi Oscar Mosielele and Kgosi Ramonnye Matlapeng riding horses as they represented the three chiefs Ngwato, Sechele and Bathoen under the Department of Tribal Administration as well as a Kgotla structure in a Truck with members of staff depicting the community at a Kgotla meeting.

Still under Pre- Independence the ministry showcased World War Veterans in a ox-wagon who served in the world war while GCC represented councils concerning their milestone under the first Decade as they show cased with vehicle from parks, environmental truckand a cherry picker. Finance and Procument also celebrating 50 years with Botswana show cased meals that they provide for clinics and primary schools in a low bid truck.

In second Decade Fire Department showcased their vehicles which included the fire truck engine while Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) show cased their vehicle with all 16 Local Authorities.

In the firth Decade the ministry was represented by Ipelegeng Truck with officers depicting what Ipelegeng workers do at the field while two donkey carts were used to show that refuge collection is done by donkey carts in other areas to empower those at rural areas while another donkey cart showed ministry public relations officers depicting students as at settlements schools kids use donkey carts as a mode of transport especially those who leave far from schools.

On the Eve Batswana thronged the National Stadium to witness the official opening of Independence Eve and the night entertainment by local artists and a massive display of fireworks. 

The Minister for Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Honourable Thapelo Olopeng says BOT50 is worth celebrating as the country has achieved a lot since it took independence. Mr Olopeng said Batswana were consulted in their respective Kgotlas and the National roving torch was sent around the country from one village to another for communities to share their culture.

He noted that as the Roving Torch went around it brought communities together at their Kgotla structures to celebrate their traditional history as one. He said the national Flag is flown all over and it makes a statement of what Batswana are as a nation, adding that Batswana should be proud of wearing their national colors and celebrate this rare occasion.

“It is a historic moment that all should be thankful of, noting that his Ministry was tasked in facilitating and coordinating all the BOT 50 activities and it is a great gesture to thank the Local Organising committee and all stakeholders who took part. “This is the Day that the Lord has made that we celebrate 50 years of Independence and it has come to pass” he said.

Minister Olopeng noted that the Torch has achieved its all objectives and further said it promotes the prevailing unity that has come to define what Batswana stand for since time immemorial.

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