25 September 2019, by Mapula Ramahlo
According to research cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artefacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that is inherited from past generations. Although not all legacies of our past generations are “heritage”, rather heritage is a product or selection by society.
In South Africa Heritage day is celebrated as a public holiday annually on 24th September. We honour our culture, diversity of beliefs and traditions. This serves as a reminder that our nation belongs to all of its people.
I am from a tribe called the Balubedu; a southern African tribe and ethnic group of the ma Pedi (Northern Sotho) group. According to research, the name bolobedu means place of tribute, “go loba/lobela”. Hence BaLobedu are people who receive tribute from others.
Having a land of their own called the Balobedu Kingdom in the Limpopo Province of South Africa around the Modjadji land which is named after the Rain Queen Modjadji who was believed to magically bring rain to the land for vegetation purposes; hence the fruits and vegetable trees that grow everywhere on this Modjadji land, she was also believed to magically bring drought to her enemies. The land is distributed to its people under the Mopani and Vhembe regions of Limpopo.
The language is an exotic mixture of Sotho, Tswana and Tshvhenda which is pronounced as Khelovedu. The Venda and Tsonga people as well as the Northern Sotho people have no difficulty communicating with the Balubedu language. A Khelovedu dictionary is currently being developed, which will include an orthography to educate the South African citizens about this discovered newly recognized tribe.
I am currently employed by Morebo Pty Ltd, a financial services company as a financial advisor. The name Morebo, as explained in our value proposition, comes from the Khelobedu language meaning rhythm. Where we dare to be different is that we believe that ‘anyone can dance to the beat if it resonates with them’. This resonates with our mission of bringing sound financial literacy to everyone to relinquish our existing economic crisis in South Africa. To transform how we think as citizens, to bring financial freedom and generational wealth which was once a stereotype. We pride ourselves in striving to be the at what we do by embarking on a journey of making financial liberation a reality for South Africans and ensuring that we apply our business philosophy, “Live to Leave a Legacy”.
Morebo Wealth as a company has given me a chance to live my purpose and goal in life to ensure that all that transcends with the word becomes a reality. My name, Mapula, meaning Mother of Rain relating to the Queen of the Balobedu tribe, I am named after my father’s grandmother who was said to be kind and who loved people. I felt a sense of belonging as soon as I was appointment into my role assisting and advising people to plan their finances better. To bring hope and financial reality to people, share the wealth of knowledge that Morebo Wealth has allowed me to accumulate. Bring sound financial literacy and leave a footprint to my generation in order to uplift and empower young black professionals for the goal of generational wealth to become a reality.
With what has been discovered and learnt, I look forward to my journey of assisting the many more lives, businesses and developments that we as MOREBO Wealth will touch and pledge to make a huge financial impact in their respective financial goals and to ensure a healthy growth in the economy of South Africa, mostly by impacting and empowering the youth.