The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela (BBK) tribe resides in the North West province in a region rich in natural beauty and mineral resources. The exploitation of these resources has resulted in the development of vibrant tourism, agricultural and mining industries.
Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, who has been leading the 350 000 BBK community since April 1996, manages the communities’ administrative and economic affairs through the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tradition Administration (BBKTA), which operates from the administrative buildings in Moruleng. The BBKTA is an enthusiastic supporter of projects aimed at the empowerment of women, youth and people living with disabilities. Education, healthcare, infrastructure, job creation and poverty alleviation have been identified as major priorities for the region.
“We are committed to development in the region which will be catalysed through reinvestment of the area’s mineral wealth and sustained through the advancement of agriculture, tourism and mining. Dividends from our investments are ploughed back into community-based projects that generate more opportunities for people on the ground,” says Kgosi Pilane.
These interventions are guided by the BBK Masterplan, which is a blue print for socio-economic developments. The exploration of the area’s rich mineral resources influenced the creation of Platmin, a mining giant listed on the JSE. BBK invested R500-million in the venture and with its 32.98% stake, it is the company’s largest single shareholder.
Under the leadership of Kgosi Pilane, BBK previously launched a number of fresh initiatives to expand its involvement in the key drivers of the provincial economy. In these projects, the BBKTA has established valuable partnerships with the community, private sector and three spheres of government to combat poverty, create employment opportunities, support small business development and promote equitable economic development in the best interests of the community.
As part of its mission to stimulate sustainable economic growth, BBKTA founded an investment and management services company wholly owned by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Trust (BBKT). The company, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Strategic Investment Company (BBKSIC), was founded with a mission to diversify, facilitate and improve local economic development in the BBK region as part of a broader vision to build the first post-apartheid city.
BBKTA has to date set up numerous subsidiaries in manufacturing and green industries; mining and industrial services; agriculture and agro-processing; trade service and creative industries; tourism and property development. Some of these subsidiaries include: Bakgatla Bioflame (Pty) Ltd, Protective Garments (Pty) Ltd, BakgatlaTshipi (Pty) Ltd, Pilanesburg Red Kalahari Stud, Bakgatla Property Development (Pty) Ltd, Moruleng Cultural Precinct, Moruleng Stadium, etc.