Fact sheet

BBK- A Nation proud of its Culture & Heritage

  1. The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela is a forward thinking Batswana community split across the border between Botswana and South Africa.
  2. They are based in Moruleng in the Pilanesberg area of South Africa’s North West Province and in Mochudi in the Kgatleng District of southern Botswana.
  3. They are integrally connected and have developed 32 villages in Moruleng and 8 in Mochudi respectively under very different political and economic circumstances over the last 140 years.
  4. They are committed to ensuring that their shared cultural heritage, traditions and value systems are upheld for the benefit of current and future generations. This commitment has resulted in the development of an exceptional cultural heritage project.
  5. The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela in Moruleng, is a community of about 350 000 people, living in the North West Province, near the Pilanesberg, South Africa.


BBK –Office of Kgosi &The Royal Council

The institution of Bogosi amongst Black communities in South Africa dates back many years ago, including that of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela. Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela became a proud and a formidable community over the years having established a strong institution of Bogosi.

  1. The Royal family is the custodian of Bogosi, culture and tradition of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela community.
  2. The Royal Council is further obligated to ensure the proper administration of the community by those entrusted with the responsibility to administer the affairs of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela.
  3. The intention of the Royal Family is to ensure and encourage participation of the entire community in decision making processes affecting their own affairs.
  4. BBKTA are of the view that they are starting a new journey towards building institutions that will set them on a development path and ensure that business and assets of the community are properly administered.



BBK-Traditional Council

The establishment of the Traditional Council is governed by the North West Traditional Leadership and Governance Act No 25 of 2005, which aims to:

  1. To provide for the recognition of traditional communities, traditional leadership institutions;
  2. To define the role and functions of traditional leaders; to define the functions of traditional councils;
  3. To provide for the appointment, recognition and removal of traditional leaders; to provide for the payment of allowances (sitting, subsistence and travelling) to traditional leaders;
  4. to promote cooperative governance and transformation of the traditional leadership institutions;
  5. to provide for the provincial code of conduct for traditional leadership; to provide for mechanisms for dispute resolution;
  6. to regulate the administration
  7. The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Authority (BBKTA) which was established through this Act, represents the interests of the community and acts in support of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane.
  8. BBKTC was appointed in 2006 and it is comprised of 23 council members, 60% appointed by Kgosi, and 40% by Morafe.
  9. During their term of office, they established the BBK Management Services (BBKMS) as the corporate division of the Traditional Authority and thus managed to embark on a development agenda that has improved the lives of BBK people.
  10. The role of the BBKMS is to identify opportunities for development and to manage relationship with its partners in the public and private sectors.



BBK – The Administration

  1. The BBK-region is well known for its rich mining, agricultural and tourism resources.
  2. The primary objective of the BBKTA is to develop strategies and implement projects aimed at the economic and social development of the region and its people. Education, healthcare, infrastructure, job creation and poverty alleviation have been identified as among the major priorities for the region.
  3. The BBKTA seeks to mobilise partnerships with the community and the private sector to develop these resources in the best interest of the community.
  4. The BBKTA has already formed joint ventures with major mining groups to participate in mining activities especially in the platinum group of minerals. These projects are expected to stimulate the revitalisation of the region’s economy.
  5. The BBKTA places a high premium on skills development and education. It has already started with bold interventions to address the skills shortage in the area including the granting of scholarships to deserving students who wish to further their studies.
  6. The BBKTA is committed to projects aimed at the empowerment of women and the youth as well as to social development projects in the region to address issues related to poverty and unemployment.


BBKTA- Serving the Community

The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela is a reliable partner in development with government in the national, provincial and local spheres and an enthusiastic supporter of projects that will lead to the accelerated economic and social development of the region. Working together with Office of Kgosi, Royal Council, Traditional Administration, the following projects have been realized:

  1. Moruleng Stadium
  2. Completion of Phase 1 of BBK Headquarters
  3. Water Treatment Plant
  4. Moruleng Boulevard
  5. 15megalitre reservoir in partnership with Bojanala district Municipality
  6. Moruleng Regional Mall, which was opened in October 2013