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Shot in the arm for school troupe

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IDM Staff hands over the M10 000 cheque to Mapetla High School

. . . as IDM presents M10 000 cheque

Mohalenyane Phakela

MAPETLA High School’s cultural group this week received a M10 000 cheque from the Institute of Development Management (IDM) as a token of appreciation for their outstanding performances at last month’s Buganu Festival in Swaziland.

IDM is a regional management development institute which provides training, consultancy, research and management skills in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

They took with them the school’s cultural group for the Buganu Festival which was hosted by the Queen Mother of Swaziland, Her Majesty Indlovukazi on 24 and 25 February.

And during the cheque handover ceremony at the school this week, IDM Lesotho Country Director, Limakatso Mosese said that the cultural group did not disappoint as the girls gave a scintillating performance of the famous Mokhibo Dance while the boys performed the Ntlamo before the appreciative Queen Mother and Swazi people.

“The girls were able to perform Mokhibo for the Queen Mother who was impressed saying they reminded her of her late friend, Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso (the mother of King Letsie III) who would visit her during the festival,” Mosese said.

IDM’s Regional Director Richard Malikongwa said they would not hesitate to feature Mapetla High School in future cultural activities.

“You are the custodians of Sotho culture and you gave a good display before the Swazi nation.

“We got a positive feedback from the Swazi Royal Family and we will call you again to participate in any cultural activity,” Malikongwa said.

The troupe then performed for their area chief, teachers, parents and other students. They performed Mokhibo, Ntlamo and Mokopu songs along with the school choir.

Mapetla High School’s deputy board chairman, Khapane Joseph Mohlomi thanked IDM for the organising the Swazi trip for the troupe.

“The words ‘Thank You’ have a very deep meaning and we hope IDM can realise the gratitude we have for the opportunity they gave this school.

“Some people in this country cannot even locate where we are found or who we are but you gave us the opportunity to represent Lesotho before the Swazi Royal Family and we will remain grateful for the opportunity as this has put us on another level,” Mohlomi said.

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