Com­mu­nity’s sound re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal govern­ment

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“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.”

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