Botswana: Bakgatla paid US$58,000 upfront for TV Rights of initiation ceremony

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Bakgatla have been paid US$58,000 upfront as part of the broadcast rights for the Bojale initiation ceremony by Botswana Television and RB1 broadcast over the weekend, their paramount chief has announced.

Kgosi Kgafela II says his intention to commercialise Bakgatla culture is paying handsome dividends. Speaking in Mochudi over the weekend, he also announced that he has already registered a Bakgatla ba Kgafela royal communications company to spearhead the commercialisation of Bakgatla culture through, films/documentaries and books, among other things.

Kgafela described the US$58,000 he has received as television rights as just "an installment", and said more money would soon come into Bakgatla coffers. Through the same company, he added, they will soon launch the Bakgatla history book, authored by Dr John Makgala, and urged every Mokgatla to buy a copy.

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