Culture at heart of event

2015-07-08 06:00
A GROUP of young boys and girls who were part of the 2015 South African Indoni Competition at the Manthatisi Secondary School in Tsheseng, Qwaqwa.

A GROUP of young boys and girls who were part of the 2015 South African Indoni Competition at the Manthatisi Secondary School in Tsheseng, Qwaqwa.

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TSHESENG. – Parading their traditional clothes and colours, the young boys and girls celebrated the last day of the South African Indoni Competition at the Manthatisi Secondary School in Tsheseng, Qwaqwa, on Saturday (04/07).

A group of about 120 young people from different towns in the Free State camped at the school from Sunday, 28 June.

During the week-long Indoni Cultural Event, they were taught about their cultures, how they should behave, how to cook and many other things.

The Indoni Cultural Schools for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 25 were hosted across all nine provinces with the aim of selecting Indoni queens that will compete with each other in the national finals in Durban early in October.

For one to be a provincial winner, she should know more about her culture and most importantly she should be a virgin.

Mamasopha Mota, the queen of the Batlokoa tribe and the new Indoni champion, told Express it was important for young people to be taught about their culture that was why Indoni had been hosted.

“They were here for a week and during this period we had classes with them.

“We taught them many things, mainly about their culture. I was very happy to witness some of the things they were doing,” she said.

Mota added they had also encouraged those in attendance to keep their virginity until they get married.

“We told them not to get involved in sex before they get married and be proud of their culture.”

Rethabile Mohalakane (16) from Sasolburg said she had learned many things as a Sotho girl, among others she had learned that respect is paramount.

“As young people we must take charge of our own lives and lead positive lives. I am a virgin and I am proud of it. No one can or will influence me in doing things that I don’t want to do,” said Rethabile.

Teboho Mofokeng (19) said he was happy to be part of Indoni.

He said he was going to teach others when he gets back home.

“I now know how to do traditional dances, cook food and about my roots – where I come from – and where I am going.

“I would like to thank Indoni for this wonderful opportunity they’ve given us, I was lost but now I am on track and I’m proud to say I am a Sotho boy,” said Mofokeng

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