North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo says the journey to reconciliation, healing and renewal is a never-ending one because where people are involved there will always be a need to foster mutual understanding.
Mahumapelo was speaking in Wonderkop, Bojanala Platinum District Municipality where he led MECs, Mayors, Councillors, Traditional and Church Leaders in signing a pledge committing everyone to work together in the healing, reconciliation and renewal of Marikana and the entire province earlier today.
There was jubilation when Mahumapelo, in high spirit, belted out a popular chorus “Go saena mo ga se morabaraba” loosely translated “This signing is not a game,” before explaining the purpose of the pledge.
“This is a pledge to ensure there is Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal,” explained Mahumapelo.
He said the event was a second-step followingthe launch of the Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal Programme in the same area in 2014.
“We were in Wonderkop to officially launch RHR programme in 2014. Today we are on the second step in the implementation of RHR.
Mahumapelo said it would be very difficult to have reconciliation, healing and renewal without economic development, adding that economic development would be prioritised to improve the lives of black people.
Executive Mayor of Madibeng Jostine Mothibe said the event came at the right time and that it would go a long way in ensuring that there was peace, stability and economic development in the district municipality and the entire province.
Gabankalafe Masilo (30) of Wonderkop said he was very happy to hear that government would endeavour to get mining companies and other stakeholders to sign the pledge to help tackle the problem of unemployment and service delivery challenges.
Twenty-nine year old Rose Nobela from Letlhabile said it was gratifying that the Wonderkop area was prioritised for RHR because the community was still reeling from the Marikana tragedy and therefore needed RHR the most.
Today’s event was also hailed as a prelude to the national Reconciliation Day commemoration, which will take place in Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality in the North West on December 16.
Mahumapelo urged all churches to come in their numbers wearing their religious regalia and those who use trumpets, tambourines, drums and other percussion instruments in their churches to bring them to the Reconciliation Day event in Ramotshere Moiloa.