The Company

Diketo African Games is a company set up to promote, produce, market and sell African Games. We believe that we can promote South Africa and African culture through our radical new interpretation of Traditional African Games making them accessible to the world. We at Diketo plan to bring the “Cool Factor” to Traditional African Games, through cutting edge Board Games, Fashion and Video Games. The production and promotion of Traditional African games will bring core African values to the Western world. These values, disregarded by colonists and dismissed by the National party government, will be South Africa’s gift to the global community.

These values are…Community. Ubuntu. Honouring your elders. Strategy and forward think and Patience

“Moraba-raba is the start of the conversation, an extended hand of friendship between cultures and the Black/White colour divide, a place of common ground”

 

 






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Philosophy

We live in a world full of fear, terror, violence, and intolerance. Modern technology has brought the world to our doorstep and yet our world and point of views have got smaller. How do we reclaim our humanity?
How do we get people talking?
How do we bridge a cultural, religious, ethnic, economic,
color divide?
How do we get the conversation started?
Moraba-raba is the start of the conversation, an extended hand of friendship between cultures, religions and colour divide; it’s a tiny piece of common ground allowing any person a beginning in knowing another. Its an easy space, a space of laughter at mistakes, new respect through displays of skill and a realization that while the game appears as child’s play, there is a hidden sophistication in this ancient part of African heritage. The older generations teach the game to youngsters as part of their heritage. The games are used to socialise the children, teaching them values of patience, community and strategy; the African traditions of kinship and sharing through Moraba-raba, which is usually a spectator game that involves much laughter, grunts of approval and cries of triumph.

The production and promotion of traditional African games will bring core African values to the Western world. These values, disregarded by colonialists and dismissed by the apartheid National party government, will be South Africa’s gift to the global community.

Moraba-Raba Culture and National Sport

Within South Africa Moraba-Raba (sotho) or Umlabalaba (Zulu) is played by more South Africans than any other board game of skill. According to newspaper reports, 40% of the population plays on a regular basis. When the War Games Union organised a tournament in rural KwaZulu-Natal 2001, 36 000 people turned up, according to Colin Webster, president of the War Games Union.
Morabaraba is now officially recognised as a bona fide sport by the government and has been accepted by the International War Games Federation.
It is now possible to be awarded provincial and national colours for Morabaraba.
.Moraba-raba is a portable piece of common ground; an extension of the hand of friendship over language and cultural divides. Moraba-raba has survived the battle-scarred history of South Africa. Now this African game could help a nation usher in the glorious future of unity of which our former president Nelson Mandela spoke; with a nation playing its way into mutual respect and understanding. we could share our ideals along with our recreation time and learn about patience, forward thinking and kinship, as one nation, in this world of constant change




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