One thing that the mine where Sue works can pride itself in; is there commitment is their community upliftment efforts. This time Boteti Mining organized a clean-up of our village of Letlhakane.
It was a two week project that got big businesses (yes we do have some here), the municipality, and the chiefs involved.
Last Saturday was the end of the two week period and it was rounded off with a big function and prize giving. Sue was asked by Boteti Mining to help on the day so Tristan and I volunteered our services as well.
We were up early and headed down to where the food was going to be prepared and found the “kitchen” was already a buzz of activity. With 500 people expected there was a lot to do and the quantities immense – so were the pots.
The function went well with a number of speakers, some of which got laughs from the crowd, some cheered and the city Councillor got heckled by a bushman lady that seemed to be a bit high on something. As it was all in Setswana we didn’t understand much of the proceedings, but with some dancing and a drama thrown in everybody enjoyed themselves.
When the function started there must have been about 30 people in the tent, but as lunch was drawing closer so the crowds grew. Everybody was in full voice at the prize giving and we were very happy that our ward, Mokgobelele, was voted the second cleanest in Letlhakane.
Everybody involved in the clean-up was given a meal voucher and it was our job to ensure that only those with one got a meal. It was tough going,but we succeeded in keeping a queue going and those with out vouchers away. Once we had served all those that had cleaned-up the rest of the crowd was allowed to help themselves.
It was a great start to a project that will be ongoing. Well done to Boteti Mining and the Letlhakane community, our village does look a whole lot tidier.