Moletjie residents started the holidays on a high note following a day of festivities during the annual Moletjie Celebration at the royal house on 16 December.
Attendees were entertained by different traditional dance groups, musicians such as Malwedhe hit maker King Monada and Master KG. The day was also to crown Moletjie traditional dance champions and the title went to Dinaka tsa Mauba from Ga-Matamanyane. They walked away with prize money worth
R20 000 while the second best group, Moshu also from the same village claimed R15 000. The third place finishers, Dikgwari from Ga-Ramphele received R10 000 for their efforts. In total, there were 23 groups that had their sight set on the prize money at stake.
Royal house Spokesperson Matuma Moloto emphasised that this was the biggest celebration ever and indicated that they catered for visitors from as far as China, Australia and Swaziland. He further applauded residents for coming out in large numbers to grace the occasion as he reiterated that the gathering is not for the royal house but for residents.
Dinaka tsa Mauba won the competition for the fifth time and the group leader, Matlou Moetjie stated that they were delighted to claim the title. He highlighted that the group takes the traditional dance serious that is why they never disappoint when it comes to competitions. He, however, stressed that the royal house should at least award the group with a special accolade for winning the challenge so many times.
“I think the fact that we won the competition more than any group in Moletjie is proof that we deserve something special. Our aim is to motivate other traditional dance groups to work hard to become better. We also want to encourage youth to know and follow their tradition,” Moetjie explained and thanked Moletjie residents for their continued support.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI