Monday, 21 June 2010

Day 11 - Mafikeng

Today's matches:

Portugal 7 v. North Korea 0
Chile 1 v. Switzerland 0
Spain 2 v. Honduras 0

'Mafikeng - Mafika (Stones) Mafikeng (place of stones). Scene of one of the stupid battles of the Anglo-Boer War. Stage of racial, political, class of tremendous potential especially during the time of Boputhatswana. Politically unhealthy (Bantustans + home lands) but spawning healthy relationships when different people discovered that the sun will not fall on their heads when they live and work and play together.

Mafikeng is our beacon of hope and reconciliation. We are reminded that we are a diocese that should be a conduit for God's forgiving and reconciling love'.

Mafikeng – formerly known as Mahikeng – is the capital city of the North-West Province. Located on South Africa's border with Botswana, it is 1,400 km (870 mi) northeast of Cape Town and 260 km (160 mi) west of Johannesburg. In 2001, it had a population of 49,300. In 2007, Mafikeng was reported to have a population of 250,000 of which the Central Business District constitutes between 69,000 and 75,000.

It is built on the open veld at an elevation of 1,500 m (4,921 ft), by the banks of the Upper Molopo River. The Madibi goldfield are some 15 km (9.3 mi) south of the town. The name refers to the volcanic rocks that provided temporary shelter to Stone Age humans in their hunt on animals drinking water in the Molopo River. This name was given to the area in 1852 by early Barolong chiefs who had settled along the river, near the present day village of Rooigrond, after the upheaval of the "Difequane". The "Difequane" was a period of intertribal war, aggravated by the passage of the exiled Zulu chief, Mzilikazi, through the area. The town was founded in the 1880s by British mercenaries granted land by a Barolong chief.

On the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899, the town was besieged. The Siege of Mafikeng lasted 217 days from October 1899 to May 1900, and turned Robert Baden-Powell into a national hero. In all, 212 people were killed during the siege, with more than 600 wounded. Boer losses were significantly higher.

Mafikeng served as capital of the Bechuanaland protectorate, even though it was outside the protectorate's borders, from 1894 until 1965, when Gaborone was made the capital of what was to become Botswana. It also briefly served as capital of the pre-independence Bantustan of Bophuthatswana in the 1970s before the adjoining town of Mmabatho was established as capital. Following the end of apartheid in 1994, Mafikeng and Mmabatho were merged and made capital of the new North-West Province.

Today Mafikeng is a vibrant provincial and commercial capital and a major tourism attraction for the aspects of the history, culture and wildlife of this unique region of South Africa. Mafikeng has five shopping complexes, 11 banks and the head offices of many provincial institutions.

The pictures show some contrasts between the main centre and some of the surrounding areas, the work in which I will write about in the next couple of days.

We pray:

  • For those working in commerce and industry
  • For those living in townships surrounding Mafikeng
  • For community relationships and a sharing of local resources
  • For clergy serving this large area - Joseph Pule, Raymond Holele, Manneseh Shole, Letta Mosadi, Vuyani Hlazo, Vincent Moche, Tebogo Sello and David Tapa.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace,

where there is hatred, let us sow love,

where there is injury, pardon

where there is discord, union

where there is doubt, faith

where there is despair, hope

where there is darkness, light

where there is sadness, joy:

grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love

for it is in giving that we receive

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


  1. I miss this place I was born here its so relaxed here

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    (Who succeeded Kgosi Kebalepile Montshioa **** )

    - Kgosi BESELE I 1896/1903, married and had issue. He died 1903.
    - Kgosi Lewanika Montshiwa
    - Kgosi BADIRILE 1903/1911, died 1911
    - Kgosi LEKOKO MARUMULWA 1911/1915
    - Kgosi JOSHUA MOLEMA 1915/1917
    - Kgosi BAKOLOPANG 1917/1919, died 1919
    - Kgosikgolo LOTLAAMORENG I 1919/1954, married and had issue.
    - Kgosikgolo KEBALEPILE (qv)
    - Kgosikgolo BESELE II (qv)
    - Kgosi TIEGO TAWANA 1954/-
    - Kgosikgolo KEBALEPILE [Kebalepile Montshioa] -/1971, married (amongst others) Kgosigadi Neonyana, and had issue. He died 1971.
    - Kgosi Setumo Stephen Montshiwa -/2000, Paramount Chief of the baRolong booRatshidi in South Africa, married and had issue. He died 2nd July 2000 in Victoria Hospital, Mafikeng, aged 45, buried 7th July 2000 in Mmabatho Cemetary.
    - Kgosi Ratshidi Montshiwa in waiting and caretaker Paramount Chief Kgosi Othusitse Motshegare - sadly passed away.
    - Kgosi Jeff Kgotleng Montshiwa 2000/-, installed as Paramount Chief of the baRolong booRatshidi in South Africa, on 25th April 2001, confirmed as rightful heir of the baRaolong booRatshidi by a Mafikeng High Court judgement on 6th February 2003.
    Matthews Bantsijang was then young community activist and General Secretary of Barolong Bo Rra Tshidi Youth Forum from 2000-2003 mainly to assist in determining the rightful Chief. The Chairperson was Kgosi Phenyo Motshegare, the son of the late Kgosi Othusistse Motshegare. Other members included Oarabile Podile and Tshepo Justice Makolomakwa. The forum was later dessolved after the court decision.