History in the making at Batlokoa Great Place, Tlokoeng.
Today, the 30th of June 2022, history was made at Hillgate (Batlokoa Traditional Council), Tlokoeng (Mount Fletcher), South Africa by the honourable Deputy Minister Ms Maggie Sotyu, from the Department of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment, handing over three plantations, viz. Lehana, Fort Usher and Makhoba Plantations to be under the community rule. This was the first of its kind in South Africa.
From now on, these plantations will be under the control of the communities surrounding them. However, the government will still work hand in hand with those communities by assisting and training them to produce good quality trees that will produce excellent products.
Chief Makhoba from Matatiele and his communities
came to Tlokoeng (Mount Fletcher) in several mini buses to grace the event and sign the receiving of their plantation, he was welcomed by his excellency, Chief Montoeli Tyrone Lehana. Elundini Municipality, Honourable Mayor Leteba and her office also graced the event, with Clr Nqodi steering the ceremony from the beginning to the end.
This was the project driven by Mrs Mbananga and Mr Matodzi, both from the Department of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment, numerous visits to the Batlokoa Traditional Council were embarked on and this was not always an easy ride, this took many years to reach today’s final stage since 1998 when the application was submitted.
The Honourable Deputy Minister Sotyu strongly reiterated that trees are very important. They give us the shelter, fruits, beauty and cleaner air to breathe. Therefore, each home needs to have at least one fruit tree, target is ten million trees to be planted by the end of her term. These are efforts to mitigate global warming which is ravaging our country and the world, with the latest heavy flooding experienced in Kwazulu Natal and Cape Town.
Chief Montoeli Lehana also welcomed the king of the Khoisan, honourable King Kok from the East Griqualand. They have also requested the transfer of the plantations to their community within the East Griqualand.
Mr James Ballantyne, who is currently consulting at the Chevy Chase forest project, has volunteered to assist with Lehana and Fort Usher plantations.
The entire community was in a very joyous mood to receive these plantations. We all hope that they will be put them into good use with little to no disputes within themselves.
Agroforestry the sustainable way at Chevy Chase
February 23, 2022
An agroforestry approach is providing a rural Eastern Cape community with a chance to develop and farm their land more productively, creating jobs, skills and opportunities along the way …
Chevy Chase is the unlikely name for a rural Eastern Cape community located between Mount Fletcher and Maclear (now Nqanqa Rhu). Like many rural communities in South Africa the people of Chevy Chase have access to ancestral land but very few job opportunities as they are far from markets and have little or no infrastructure. As a result the local economy is based on subsistence agriculture. However over-grazing has reduced the potential of the land to support livestock, while rampant alien plant invasion is further eroding agricultural potential and using up precious water resources.
Greetings to my friends and colleagues. Hontang. I extend my appreciation to our Honorable Dikgosi/Marena from LIMPOPO, GAUTENG, NORTH WEST, FREE STATE, KWAZULU-NATAL, ZIMBABWE, WESTERN CAPE, MPUMALANGA, KINGDOM OF LESOTHO, NORTHERN CAPE and EASTERN CAPE and their respective people and members of the REC for gracing our event on Batlokoa Pilgimage, Heritage, Renaissance and Reunion which took place yesterday on the 19 March 2022 at HILL GATE GREAT PLACE in TLOKOENG district. I further convey my sincere gratitude to DIKGOSI/MARENA/IINKOSI both in the area of jurisdiction of BATLOKOA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL and under BAKOENA, LOWER TSITSANA, UPPER TSITSANA,and AMAHLUBI TRADITIONAL COUNCILS and to our LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE members especially service providers i.e. CATERERS and SPONSORS for making this event a great success. It was a history in the making to celebrate this occasion. We are proud of you Batlokoa. I hope you have reached your respective destinations safely. I once again thank you so much for your attendance and support on behalf of the people of Tlokoeng and our Dikgosi/ Marena in the Eastern Cape.
Hontang Batlokoa ba batle Maapara Nkoe a ho beha peo bana ba Nkhaulise. Ba mankha lefotha le mohla ho sa hlajoang ba Motonosi Seeala ha se ea khaoha se entse lehohoba. Mohla 19 MARCH 2022 hoseng ka 9 retla keteka letsatsi la bochaba, bonono, nalane le poelano ea sechaba sa Batlokoa kakakaretso likhutlong tse nne tsa lefatshe. Mona re tla eteloa ke Marena a sehloho a tsoang lihaneng tsa Kingdom of Lesotho, Botswana le Zimbabwe. Retla thabela boteng ba baahi ba Afrika Boroa -South Africa hammoho le baetapele ba bona. Mokete ona o ntshetsapele khoeletso ea Marena a rona le lititimi tsa rona ea ho kopanya sechaba sa Batlokoa le merabe eo ba phelang le oona ka khotso. Lifaqane tse qhalakantseng merabe ea Basotho,
Batlokoa le emeng merabe ene e siee likarohano sechabeng sa Rantsho mona Afrika Boroa. Ke kopa bontate, bomme le bacha batlo keteka ka thabo le rona mona Moreneng Hill GATE GREAT PLACE mohla 19 MARCH. Re memme Matona a Mmuso oa rona oa ANC le metsoalle. Linonyana litla lula batho mme le khoho e tla matha ka lerapo thabeng. Ke kopa sechaba setle ka bongata le mekhatlo ea lipapali ka ho fapana : Batlokoa, Bakoena, aMampondomise, aMahlubi, merabe kaofela e phelang naheng ea TLOKOENG. Re le apehetse qhaqhabola, lipolokoe, motoho, naha, le tse ling lijo tsa Basotho. Ke ea leboha. Pula Khotso Nala. Ke nna Morena Montoeli Tyrone Lehana setloholoana sa morena Lehana mora Sekonyela naheng ea TLOKOENG Lekhotleng la BATLOKOA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL HALL . Khotso Pula Nala.
TWO MOUNTAINS VISIT
Today, 25th May 2021 Batlokoa Traditional Council welcomed Two Mountains, proudly a South African Group of Companies operating both the Financial and Burial services industry in over 40 locations across 4 provinces.
Their growing footprint spans across Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
With over 1300 employees, Two Mountains serves customers, partners and communities with affordable funeral cover and quality funeral services. They are working closely with traditional leaders and they have visited them while they still have a long list of visits ahead of them to various traditional leaders nationally. Please click here for photos
TODAY, CHEVY CHASE LANDCARE PROJECT HAS A LEGAL ENTITY...
It was a historic day when Chevy Chase community was signing the DEED of Trust document on February 13, 2020 at Hill Gate, Mount Fletcher under the watchful eye of their leader Chief Montoeli Lehana. Timber from Chevy Chase Project is taken to NCT Durban Wood Chips, and they export their products to India, Taiwan, Japan and China.
Let's Go Shopping at Mount Fletcher!
A shopping mall openning soon!
Chief Montoeli Lehana and his delegation went to Maclear Municipality on February 12, 2020 to join a presentation by the developer for Mount Fletcher mall. It was presented in the main boardroom with both the Mayor and the Municipal Manager present. This will be briniging a new dawn to this historic little town that does not have essential services like fully featured banks, sewer system, etc. The presentation was highly welcomed with clear timelines for the life of the project as reflected below here.
Picture - Courtesy by Siwalala Property Holdings
Joala Boholo Preparations by Morena Ntoa Sekonyela 2018
Nalane ya Batlokoa ka Ntate Nkherepe Tsoho, Mount Fletcher
Another delivery, woodwork machines for one of the cooperatives registered at Mt Fletcher, Batlokoa Traditional Council under Chief Montoeli Tyrone Lehana
This is the latest delivery of the machines, namely, Air Compressor, Thickness Planer Machine, and High Precision Woodcutting Sliding Table Saw delivered at Hill Gate, Mt Fletcher on Tuesday 02nd, 2017, other smaller machines are still to follow. This will be a fully-fledged furniture production workshop under the watchful eye of Ntate Mpeke from Mpharane administrative area, a director of a registered cooperative.
The Eastern Cape is characterized as one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. This is largely due to the poverty found in the former homelands, where subsistence agriculture predominates. However, the son of the soil, honourable Chief Montoeli Tyrone Lehana refuses to succumb to this. He has been strongly driving the initiative of registering community cooperatives since 2013 with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Today there are more than 90 cooperatives registered, and some of them have been funded already with tractors including implements, bricklaying machines, furniture manufacturing machines, just to mention a few.
Today, there are ten tractors delivered in total. Not only cooperatives at Mt Fletcher benefited, some as far as Matatiele have received their equipment and are already at work.
More cooperatives are still waiting for delivery of their equipment. We are taking our hats off to Chief Montoeli!
The University of KwaZulu-Natal coming to Mount Fletcher