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County Executive Welcomes King of Royal Bafokeng Nation to Prince George's County
County Executive Welcomes King of Royal Bafokeng Nation to Prince George's County

The following information was sent to us by Scott Peterson:

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Suitland High School, 5200 Silver Hill Road, in Suitland, MD, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite will welcome His Majesty King Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi of the Royal Bafokeng Nation.  Interested media should email Scott L. Peterson at slpeterson@co.pg.md.us to RSVP.



“I am honored to welcome His Majesty King Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi to Prince George’s County,” said Baker.  “I am pleased that this first royal visit of my administration is focused on education, and, specifically, is going to be held at Suitland High School. I am personally and professionally proud and invested in this school and community and I thank His Majesty for visiting Suitland.”  


As part of the ambitious education agenda of the Royal Bafokeng Nation in South Africa, His Majesty Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi will visit two centers of educational excellence in Prince George’s County this week. King Molotlegi and his entourage will visit Suitland High School to tour the vocational and technical programs, and to meet with County and education officials. He will also visit Bowie State University to meet with the university’s President and Vice-President.


“Our longstanding friendship with Prince George’s County provides important opportunities for exchanges such as this, and enriches understanding and effectiveness on both sides,” said King Molotlegi.   Additionally, he stressed that understanding best practices in other educational institutions is fundamental to his educational upliftment agenda, spearheaded by the Royal Bafokeng Institute (www.bafokenginstitute.org).


About The Royal Bafokeng Nation:

The Royal Bafokeng Nation is a vibrant African community where tradition meets modernity in the Big Five country. Located in the Rustenburg Valley in South Africa’s North West Province, the 150,000 people who reside on the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s land are beneficiaries of some of the most innovative approaches to development. These include holistic education reform, the use of sport to generate social and economic momentum, and converting dividends from a single mineral resource into the world’s leading community-based investment company.


The king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation is Kgosi Leruo T. Molotlegi, 36th in a long line of visionary traditional leaders. Thanks to the pioneering spirit of the king’s ancestors, the Bafokeng community owns 1000 km2 of land situated on part of one of the largest reserves of platinum group metals in the world. PLAN ‘35, the strategic blueprint for the community’s future, aims to uplift an impoverished community, using long-term strategic interventions to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable region true to its African heritage and traditions.


The Royal Bafokeng Nation enjoys traditional governance, innovative social service mechanisms, and world-leading investment strategies; it is a model of progressive leadership on the African continent. Bafokeng governance combines elected, appointed, and hereditary leaders committed to long-term, future-oriented planning.