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Another look at Domboshaba Cultural Festival and Bakalanga heritage (Part II) August 25, 2013

by Bawumbe wa Chiwidi, Sunday Standard This article provides further discussion on the Domboshaba Cultural Festival and Bakalanga heritage. Admittedly, this discussion appears to have angered some people, particularly those who do not subscribe to open dialogue, criticism and alternative views on how we need to organize, manage and develop Read more…

Domboshaba cultural festival and Bakalanga Heritage: A rejoinder August 18, 2013

by Kangangwani Phatshwane, Sunday Standard Domboshaba Cultural Trust (DCT) wishes to respond to an article (titled Another look at Domboshaba cultutral festival and Bakalanga heritage – Part 1) which appeared in the Sunday Standard of 11 – 17 August 2013 authored by a concerned Nkalanga using a pseudonym, Bawumbe wa Read more…

Another look at Domboshaba cultural festival and Bakalanga heritage August 11, 2013

by Bawumbe wa Chiwidi, repr. Sunday Standard This paper provides a critique of the Domboshaba Festival of Culture and History. The opinions raised here result from a critical evaluation of objectives of Domboshaba Cultural Trust, the chief proponent and organisers of the cultural festival and general intentions of the event Read more…

‘Recognise minor languages to revive culture’ June 1, 2013

by SHINGIRAI MADONDO,  Reprinted from MmegiOnline FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana government has been urged to recognise all the spoken languages to help revive the seemingly dying culture in the country. Francistown councillors agreed that the non-recognition of minority languages while focusing on Setswana languages only has resulted in “our culture dying Read more…

Correcting the Settlement History of Bakalanga March 11, 2013

by Abel A. Mabuse Sunday Standard Over the last two months, I have read with shock and sometimes disdain at some apparent confusion surrounding the settlement history of Bukalanga. Since December 2012, a number of disingenuous newspaper articles have been published on these two related topics. Misleading information covered in Read more…

Njelele: Our shrine together August 16, 2012

By Julius Sai Mutyambizi-Dewa (posted on different sites — original source unclear) I am a direct descendant of Emperor Netjasike, the last King of the Lozwi/Rozvi/BaNyai[Kalanga]. My greater grandfather Ntinima/Mutinhima was his first son. I have taken interest in the continuing debate about Njelele, a shrine that we are traditionally Read more…

Reinstate Ikalanga in schools July 9, 2012

By Jason Mooketsi Ranthatsa, Student, University of Botswana— reprinted from The Botswana Gazette This is a plea to the government to consider reintroducing the teaching of Ikalanga in schools. As an endangered language, all stakeholders must embark on protection of Ikalanga as its demise will be detrimental to the preservation Read more…

Kalanga must shake off the ‘Ndebele’ shadow says Moyo June 9, 2012

Reprinted from Bulawayo24. His recently-published book has stirred a hornet’s nest, attracting the ire of even those claiming to be fighting for the freedom of Matabeleland, but Ndzimu-unami Emmanuel Moyo remains undeterred. “The Rebirth of Bukalanga” accuses secessionist groups claiming to be fighting for the freedom of Matabeleland of failing Read more…

Reconstruction of the Kalanga history welcome but beware of distortions! June 1, 2012

by Mloyiswayizizwe Sokhela — reprinted from Bulawayo 24 (9 May 2012) I read with great fascination Ndzimu–Unami Moyo’s rendition of Kalanga history in his Chapter 1 installation in a Bulawayo24News edition. His consultation of sources was quite extensive (albeit not interpretively accurate) while his narration and arguments are fairly informative Read more…

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