oa Botswana Notes & Records - The campaign to save Kgosi Bathoen's 1914 office and the historic Kgotla in Kanye

Volume 34 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



In late November last year (2002), I was in Kanye and, as usual on my infrequent visits, stopped at the kgotla to see what changes had occurred. I was disappointed to see how much the old office of Kgosi Bathoen had been allowed to deteriorate. Kgosi Seatla Gaseitsiwe arrived in the kgotla and mentioned that the building was to be demolished. Although his elder brother Kgosi Seepapitso, had agreed to the demolition of the old building it was clear that Kgosi Seatla himself was unhappy about this prospect. He willingly gave me permission to raise the issue in the press.

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