MASERU - Chief of Bapedi in Limpopo Province, South Africa, Chief Thulare Thulare III and his delegation will be in Lesotho for an official visit from November 15 to 18, this year.
This was revealed by the Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Dr. Mahali Phamotse during media briefing on Wednesday where she stated that the visit is intended to enhance relations between Basotho and Bapedi.
She said it is aimed at sharing ideas and experiences relating to Bapedi culture and issues relating to gender equality as well as finding common ground to assist in empowering women and girls.
She noted that upon their arrival on November 15, Chief Thulare will pay courtesy call on His Majesty King Letsie III while on the second day they will climb Thaba-Bosiu Fortress where there will be narration of history of both Basotho and Bapedi nations.
“They will also tour the Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village where both Basotho and Bapedi will showcase their culture,” she added.
Dr. Phamotse mentioned that the climax of the festivities will be at 'Maletsunyane Falls, Semonkong on November 17 which will be graced by the presence of His Majesty the King.
She indicated that on the same day, there will be cultural event where both nations will showcase their culture through dances, food and attire. She highlighted that there will be Pitiki as well where women will share ideas on gender equality, economic growth and life skills.
The chief’s visit follows a visit in Limpopo by one of the ministry’s officers in June last year. There are plans to formalise the visits in rotation on an annual basis.
Chief Thulare III's entourage will include other Chiefs, South African Cabinet Ministers and the MECs of the Limpopo Province.