When I declared in my previous article that, ‘It is not longer business as usual in the JTG District’, those whose mental faculties can hardly imagine a new, different setting in this fine district, thought myself and my fellow founders of Tswelelopele Foundation, like raucous Chihuahuas, were bluffing; that we were mere chancers brimming with unguided ambition with no practical capability to pin our hopes and dreams to the ground in order to give them accurate direction. Ladies and gentlemen, tshimane le tshetsana, bana le bagolo, over two weeks ago, on Friday, 02nd November 2018, at the historic Moffat Mission, under the beautiful, blistering African sun, Tswelelopele Foundation was officially launched.
‘Ladies and gentlemen, the day of great exploring expeditions in Africa is over! Man knows his home now in a sense never known before’, thus declared the Pan Africanist and intellectual, Pixley ka Isaka Seme during his famous address at Columbia University, in the United States of America, hundred and twelve years ago. Seme, in his address, foretold the awakening of a giant – the African continent. Much has changed since he delivered his speech, ‘The Regeneration of Africa’. Notwithstanding what transpired since his address, his words still hold true even today: ‘The giant is awakening! From the four corners of the earth Africa’s sons, who have been proved through fire and sword, are marching to the future’s golden door bearing the records of deeds of valour done.’
In the John Taolo Gaetsewe District, arguably the richest region in the Northern Cape province, home to some of the largest iron ore and manganese deposits in the world, a new sun is rising. This sun rises to give assurance to those great masses of our people within this fine district that their hopes and dreams will become a reality, so long as this foundation continues to exist. On Friday, 02nd November 2018 at Moffat Mission, the new sun dawned on this district, its rays bursting forth like a mighty, roaring lion in the Serengeti, confirming the wise words of Pixley ka Isaka Seme that he delivered more than a hundred years ago: ‘The brighter day is rising upon Africa.’
When I declare the rise of a new sun in the JTG District, the dawn of a new day, I refer to the hopes and dreams of a community that will be advanced by the unemployed graduates whose names form part of Biggy’s Cave – the official name of the foundation’s database. For far too long, the graduates of this district have stood aside as their community was being misled by dodgy men and women who speak with forked tongues. Even as the foundation knocks on their doors, pleading with them to be part of a new change, they still resort to their old tricks of stalling and delaying, if not deliberately derailing what this district deserves – progress.
In my address during the launch of our tottering and yet ambitious infant – Tswelelopele Foundation – I made the following observation: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the past three months have not been easy. In fact, permit me to be blunt and tell the truth: the past three months have been a tad difficult. We have had doors slammed on our faces, our emails being ignored and requests for support being rejected but we remain hopeful and resolute. We shall overcome; after all, Rome was not built in a day.’
As I write, the struggle continues and the mountain seems to get harder each time to climb. Doors continue to be slammed in our faces, our emails are ignored and our humble requests for support to carry forth the wonderful community of this fine district through the glorious vehicle that is our graduates are still being rejected; but we remain hopeful. As former US president Barack Obama once said: ‘Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage. What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.’
Dear reader, a new sun is rising in the JTG District. A new day is dawning on the community of John Taolo Gaetsewe District. The graduates of this fine district are taking their community forward, whether someone in an air conditioned office likes it or not. And this is what cynics fail to understand – that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. Indeed, dear reader, as I emphatically stated in my speech over two weeks ago, the Gods are smiling on this young, ambitious organisation. The Gods are smiling on the graduates of this fine district, and without a shred of a doubt, the Gods are smiling on this beautiful community of John Taolo Gaetsewe District.