Community

Community

Today, the 30 000 members of the Bakubung Ba Ratheo (people of the hippo) community live in the Ledig area of the North-West province, 40 km from Rustenburg and 5 km from Sun City.

The community’s history has been characterised by conflict – triggered both by external politics during the apartheid era and by internal disputes over leadership.

As a result of that conflict, the community was dispersed from its older ancestral lands in the Booms area and exploited by government and a range of commercial entities.

On the positive side, however, the conflict is now fuelling the transformation of the entire society into a modern community that is still able to retain its traditional structure and values.