Traditional Courts Bill via the provinces: Lets get talking.


There has been much debate around the traditional courts bill for the best parts of 2012. In 2013, the bill will circulate via the provinces to gauge whether provinces accept or reject the bill. In recent debates, the bill has been heavily criticised for excluding women in traditional courts and was rejected outrightly by the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Diabilities. How potent is the ministry’s stance on the bill?

Since this bill relates to the primary objectives of this blog(to debate traditioonal issues of governance), we have decided to repost an article titled “Traditional Institutions, Leadership, marginalisation and the shame of the South African Constitution” in order to bring forth our argument for the passing of the bill. The reader will note that amongst those who support the bill are traditional leaders and traditional communities. In this article we highlight the plight of Traditional Leaders, Institutions and Cultural Communities in a country where it is claimed that democracy is fledging an all is well. Reading the article will indicate to the reader there are numerous challenges faced by Traditional leaders, their Institutions and Communities and hence our conviction that, if applied correcty, the draft bill will see to it that these and more challenges are addressed.
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In addition, we have included some review of the bill by journalist Siyabonga Mkhwanazi for reference and futher debate below:

Siyabonga Mkhwanazi @ The New Age;

The contentious Traditional Courts Bill faces the test of whether it has the support of provinces or not.

Chairperson of the Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development in Parliament, Tjetha Mofokeng, on Tuesday said provinces had to decide whether they backed or rejected the Bill.

Following the public hearings on the draft law the committee had sent the report to all the nine provinces to determine whether they supported the Traditional Courts Bill or not, Mofokeng said.

“They (provincial legislatures) must give us a mandate on whether they support or reject the bill. Based on the majority of the provinces (who support one position) the committee will take a decision,” he said.

“We don’t want to pre-empt what the provinces will say, but we are aware that some people say it (the Bill) must be scrapped (while) some people say it must be retained,” he said.

The committee will take a decision on the way forward depending on what the provincial legislatures want.

The National Council of Provinces held public hearings on the Bill late last year where various stakeholders criticised it.

However, the Bill received support from traditional leaders.

Even the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana had called for the government to scrap the Bill.

During the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders last month President Jacob Zuma urged all South Africans to participate in the discussions on the draft law.

The Bill has been criticised for being oppressive against women and taking the country back to apartheid days.

However, Zuma had said that it would be important for all stakeholders to take part in discussions on the Bill.

The Bill has been called unconstitutional, criticised for excluding the participation of women in traditional courts and for giving traditional leaders more powers.

The Bill offered the prospect of access to justice to 18 million of the citizens who reside within the ambit of the traditional system.

Whats your take on the bill?


Molepo Dam eyed for development?


3. TOURISM : Tourism development at Molepo Dam
Opportunity An opportunity exists to create an attractive destination for tourists, around the Molepo Dam.
Nature of the Project It is proposed that the development will consist of:
• 40 bedroom lodge at 2-star level
• Conference Hall
• Restaurantt
• Shop
• Education Centre
• Campsite
• Water-based activities
Rationale for this venture The infrastructure around the dam is well developed as water and electricity readily available. There is also a recently tarred road leading to the dam.
Attractiveness Assessment The product that is offered in the Molepo development contains various elements such as:
• Accommodation facilities
• Conference centre
• Restaurant
• Kiosk and shop
• Education centre
• Water based activities.
There are 126 tourist accommodation establishments in Capricorn District, with the biggest proportion being hotels/motels (26.4%) and 3 star facilities (46.9%).
Opportunity Alignment Limpopo’s Tourism Growth Strategy identifies six priority tourism clusters to drive tourism growth in the province. The clusters are:
• Family and recreation
• Mega-conservation
• Safari and hunting
• Golf and game
• MICE (meeting, incentives, conference and events, or business tourism)
• Special interest.
Key Competitive Advantage The development at Molepo will attract tourists who travel along the R71 to the Magoebaskloof area. This route is also used to get to the northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It will provide 64% of the rooms in the market, however the target markets are different between the Molepo end the existing competitors.
Potential Economic Impact The Molepo Dam development is projected to require 50 employees. The project will therefore create job opportunities, promote entrepreneurship and encourage skills training of the labourers.
Investment Requirements The Molepo development is financially viable. The initial investment needed is projected at R13.5 million. Gross operating revenue is projected to reach over R11 million and profit projected at over R3 million by year five. The project has an ungeared, pre-tax IRR of 18.8%..
Linkages The approximate investment for the proposed project is set on R13.5 million (at 2008 prices).
Note: Molepo Dam and Sego Game Reserve can be undertaken as a single investment opportunity because of their close proximity to each other.

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Traditional Institutions and Leadership, marginalisation and the shame of the South African constitution












When a friend of mine posed a question to me on the role and relevance of traditional institutions and leadership in democratic South Africa I immediately took the chance to share with him a crude perspective on being one of the members from so called royal families of post-apartheid South Africa. I had just finished listening from a mobile radio network, to a speech by a government official facilitating a seminar in preparation for an upcoming COP17 Climate Change Conference which was being broadcasted by SA FM’ AM Live show. “My dear friend, I am curious”, he continued while we sat down for an interesting exchange of ideas at a student cafeteria table on University of South Africa’s Florida campus. I wasn’t in the best of mental shapes for I had just listened to a monotonous and separatist investigation into the real causes of climate change in today’s world. Of course, the government official on the radio show had spoken at length about the intentions to involve all sectors of society in all discussions relating to the climate change topic. Those included, as reiterated by the flamboyant government official, the democratic parliament of the ruling party (the African National Congress), “civil society” and a bunch of environmentalists local and from abroad. “And did he mention the role of traditional institutions and leadership in all this?”-  retorted the friend. Not that I heard of I replied, but we must revert back to indigenous knowledge systems. As we continued engaging on the subject, I could feel tension mounting in my nervous system since the participation of traditional institutions and leadership in democratic South Africa was such a sensitive issue, one that disproves of the popular belief that “South Africa had the best constitution in the world”. Where they are involved, I continued with my answer, participation is so minimal it often amounts to a herd boy’s duties. Almost seventeen years into post-apartheid South Africa there is irrefutable evidence of an axiom of awe, bitterness, fury, anxiety, shame and hopelessness in traditional leadership circles.

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The Open Source Debate

 How far have we walked?

The old debate on whether scholarly information should be made easily available to the public has been going on for many centuries. In 2012 we ask how far we have walked in an attempt to open it again. Should scholarly information be confined to the corridors of academic institutions? As scholars in developing countries, does the creation and ownership of content justify making the public pay for information? Can information be made easily available on the internet and be trusted as authoritative? What’s the criterion for determining the source? If the public pays, are there any models we can use to charge for information since it is today seen as a commodity in as much as it is a resource? How can we (scholars) contribute to the development of our communities in a manner that is ethical and does not compromise our integrity as existing and prospective professionals? We use the word scholar to refer to a learner person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines (The Free Online English Dictionary sv scholar).

Challenges and Opportunities

For those who specialize in cataloguing, are the challenges that come with for example, huge amounts of content being created and disseminated by individuals and organization everyday on the internet a worry some factor; or can the challenge be seen as an opportunity to apply new cataloguing standards for information on the internet? Of course, some might see these challenges as opening a door for entrepreneurial activities outside of the traditional library environment. For those working in an information institution such as a library, can these opportunities be used to conduct research on some of the problem areas in the organization and retrieval of information through Information and Communication Technologies thereby helping advance professionalism and specialization? What about the “digital divide”, how can we bridge the gap between the haves and the have not?  

Taking a stance

Our position is that YES, scholarly information should be made easily accessible to the public albeit with reservations. What’s your opinion? The idea is to make scholarly literature easily available to scholars (i.e. same discipline, same field principle applies) through constant generation, evaluation, packaging, transfer and dissemination. Where applicable, a small fee will be charged for the products. For instance, scholars registered for a Bachelor of Information Science Undergraduate degree could exchange and share their assignments to compare answers before and after submission to their department for marking. Post marking, exchange, review and feedback could help scholars recap and turn their knowledge into information for others. The notion of ‘exchange post marking’ could be linked to our belief that at third level, most scholars would have absorbed enough knowledge, thus making them a prime group for Open Source Debate advocacy.

Another important element to achieving this mission could depend on scholars at Post Graduate level. Does this mean a model is needed to simulate how the relationship between scholars at third level and first level and those doing Undergraduate studies vis-à-vis Post Graduates vice versa would work? And of course, the model would have to include the working professional and their relationship/responsibility towards the self, their profession, work environment and society albeit there are many ethical dilemmas (INS2066 Only Study Guide. 2010) to face henceforth. According to Smith, M (2001: 32), information ethics are concerned with moral dilemmas and ethical concerns that show up when human beings interact with information, communications and information systems through creation, organization, dissemination and use.  

We believe that during the sixteen years of democracy in South Africa, the dominant escapist media culture has influenced users reading attitudes towards knowledge-based content. This reading monogenesis has since resulted in a society that no longer appreciates literature for mental elevation in favor of the more populist content.

 Project Implementation theory

According to Callon (1997) in Trusler and Van Belle, the Actor-Network theory is “adept at analyzing the relationship between human and non-humans”. For example, how can scholars interact with computers and the internet in order to implement this proposed project? Although aware not all students have a mutual relationship with machines, we believe scholars should utilize the availability of Information and Communications Technologies especially the internet with its many elements such as Student Websites, Blogs and Wikis, to create, organize, store, disseminate and use information. Why work so hard to compile your assignments or dissertation or thesis only to leave the work to gather dust in your study room? Let’s engage, share, learn and grow.

 Mahlaga Molepo is an Information Science Fellow at University of South Africa, Department of Information Science, P O Box 392, Unisa, 0003 Email:

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Copyright © 2012. Mahlaga Molepo AIS3705 Practical Portfolio Task 1


To my fellow Bachelor of Information Science scholars at the University of South Africa: Gadija Sydow, Jullie Makwata, Pauline Maritz and Dina Mokgadi Mashiyane for their comments on the Face Book group page for BInf Students Unisa.

Sources consulted

Callon, M. (1997). Theoretical Research Framework: Actor-Network Theory / by Jonathan Trusler & Jean-Paul Van Belle: [adapted from The Market Test]. In Law, J. & Hassard, J. (1998) Eds., Actor Network Theory and After. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.

 INS2066 Only Study Guide. 2010. Department of Information Science. University of South Africa: Pretoria

Smith M. 2001. Information Ethics, Frederick C. Lynden in (Ed). Advances in Librarianship, Vol.25, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 29-66 [See also permanent link: ]

The Free Online English Dictionary (sv Scholar). The Free Online English Dictionary available at [Assessed 23 April 2012]

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Traditional Youth Congresses, relevance and public skepticism – A Viewpoint


This article provides an overview of the author’s viewpoint. Makhudu Traditional Authority does not necessarily share the author’s views.

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Bana Ba Malahlela – A biographical description of the origins of Makhudu Traditional Authority


The book was written at the request of Makhudu Traditional Council on behalf of Makhudu Traditional Authority in 2012.

The aim of the book is describe in detail the origins of Makhudu Traditional Authority as an institution and a governance structure tasked with the administration of Mankgaile village in Ga-Molepo. It will also assist transfer knowledge held by elders of the council to the younger generation thereby helping bridge the generational gap.

In addition, the book will help do away with stereotypes often associated with traditional leadership such that people begin to understand the relevance and importance of indigenous knowledge systems in the 21st century.

The first edition of the book is written in Northern Sotho pending possible translation into other languages in the next edition.

In 2016, the book was once again reviewed by elders of Makhudu Traditional Council for errors and gaps. The book was edited and a 2016 edition published.

The ultimate goal is to compile an encyclopedia of the origins of traditional councils in Ga Molepo, in particular councils led by headmen/women and their relation to the origins of senior council at The Molepo Traditional Authority Headquaters in Boshega.

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The book is written by Mahlaga Molepo at the request of Makhudu Traditional

Council.Cover design: TawandaMhandu(from Zimbabwe)

Contributors: Mr Mashegoane John Molepo, Mr Mashao Mashaphu, Mrs Ntšeboa Mashaphu(may her soul rest in peace).

Proofreaders: Malahlela Calvin Molepo, Mr James Makgopa Molepo, Mr Makopa Ngwato Molepo

Editors: Mahlaga Molepo

Publisher: Molepo Traditional Dance Coop. LTD



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