As a people, we are the architects of our own future and the responsibility lies with us to envision, develop and shape our path towards the attainment of a legacy, befitting our people for generations to come.
Just as the challenges facing our nation are varied and complex, so is the situation facing Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela. In order to not just overcome these challenges, but also transform our communities into a collective dynamic, modern and sustainable society, we all need to put a painful past behind us and work together towards a period of positive socio-economic growth.
With the formation of the Royal Council, I believe that the achievement of our goals has become more of a certainty than ever before.
In the past months, as the Traditional Council we focused all our attention on developing plans that hopefully will have the effect of creating an environment of sustainable job creation; facilitating a healthy and safe society; developing a skills base to cope with economic demands; promote the participation of SMME’s in BBK related investments; creating effective governance systems and developing infrastructure for improved coordination and communication between the different villages.
From an implementation point of view, I am particularly proud of the caliber of management that have joined the BBK Traditional Administration. They have strengthened our managerial competence; improved governance; increased capacity; energised us organisationally; and are assisting us to leverage our resources in order to achieve our vision of being a viable community. As part of our continuous assessment, we have commissioned the BDO Risk Assessment Services to provide us with a review of our internal processes and organizational effectiveness.
Lastly, we cannot do the above without Morafe. We are accountable to you, as shareholders. Even though we are in leadership, we see ourselves as “servant leaders” whose interests are governed and shaped by the will, needs and desires of Morafe. We can only ask that you work and support us to achieve our lofty goals, even though we have gone through challenges in the past, together we can strive towards a better future.
Please join me and the newly established Royal Council on our transformation journey to building a healthy and prosperous community that will transform the lives of all Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela in the 32 villages.
Kgosi MNJ Pilane.