Community’s sound relationship with local government
“The relationship with the local municipality is good, but there will always be a conflict between tradition and politics, and there are still conflicts in the wards and the villages, but we have mechanisms to address that,” says Kgosana Rapetsana, one of the 72 traditional council leaders.
“The good thing is that all our villages fall within the jurisdiction of the Rustenburg local municipality and the majority of the councillors are Bafokeng people.”
According to Rapetsana, the Bafokeng have three leaders in each ward – a clan leader, a ward councillor and a traditional council leader.
On Thursday, the Royal Bafokeng will sign a second memorandum of understanding with the local municipality regarding the implementation of infrastructure plans.
Electricity is provided by Eskom but water and refuse removal is provided by the Bafokeng.
Tara Polzer Ngwato, the head of research for the Royal Bafokeng nation, says: “In terms of the provincial responsibilities such as rates and taxes, it’s a bit different because historically, the Bafokeng have built their own roads and things, so that’s where the debate is now happening.
“A lot of the other services in our area are jointly provided.
“For instance, with health, we use the government health system but the Bafokeng will top up and it’s the same with the public education system.”