TSWANA CULTURAL GROUP AIMS FOR GOLD
By: Winston Sibanda
North-West based Rebokamoso Cultural Group hit KwaZulu-Natal streets again on Friday afternoon.
The group, which was founded in 2009, showcased its talent as it joined other groups from across South Africa at the Indoni Carnival.
Regardless of its financial struggles, Rebokamoso managed to produce Miss Cultural South Africa 2013.
Founder of the group, Michael Modimokoana, said that his aim is to develop young children and take them off the street. He said he believes in grooming children.
“I do not believe in ready-made talent. I want to work with a kid from scratch and groom him,” said Modimokoana.
According to him, he works with fifty-eight children and seven of them are from disadvantaged backgrounds. He said that the group does not have a sponsor hence he struggles financially. Regardless of this he tries his best when children have school-related problems.
Former Miss Cultural South Africa, Tshepiso Madai, said that the group has molded her to be who she is today.
Madai said, “Indoni and Rebokamoso Cultural Group have taught me to be proud of who I am and taught me a lot about respect and my identity and how to behave as a Tswana girl.”
She said that through this group she got the opportunity to join Indoni and learn more about cultural diversity.
Thato Appies, who will be representing the Tswanas in this year’s Indoni, said that the group has taught him to give back to the community.
According to Appies, Rebokamoso hosts functions in the North-West. The little that comes from the functions is channeled towards the less privileged of the community.
According to Modimokoana, the group performs at a professional scale. His wish is to find a sponsor so that he can register it professionally as well as be able to help the children to attain a better future.