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INTEGRATING
INDIGENOUS & CONTEMPORARY
APPROACHES

“The structure and organisation of early African societies in this country fascinated me very much and greatly influenced the evolution of my political outlook. There were no classes, no rich or poor and no exploitation of man by man. All men were free and equal, and this was the foundation of government.

Recognition of this general principle found expression in the constitution of the council, variously called “Imbizo” or “Pitso” or “Kgotla,” which governs the affairs of the tribe. The council was so completely democratic that all members of the tribe could participate in its deliberations. It was so weighty and influential a body that no step of any importance could ever be taken by the tribe without reference to it. There was much in such a society that was primitive and insecure, and it certainly could never measure up to the demands of the present epoch. But in such a society are contained the seeds of revolutionary democracy in which none will be held in slavery or servitude, and in which poverty, want and insecurity shall be no more.”

 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
(Long Walk to Freedom.) 

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SETSWANA:

'LETSEMA'

THE PROCESS OF WORKING TOGETHER

FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY:

THE 6-STEP LETSEMA PROCESS

 

The Letsema Process is an engagement strategy to to seed national growth through relational transformation.

Inspired by a concept similar to 'Ilima', the isiXhosa word for cultivating together, the process provides a step-by-step collaboration framework for people willing to walk together to build thriving communities. 

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1. CO-DISCOVER

Bring people willing to reimagine their communities together in dialogue. Co-discover the collective change agenda.

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2. CO-INITIATE

Map the resources in the room. Co-initiate ideas to overcome complex challenges.

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3.CO-INSPIRE

Share opportunities. Co-inspire innovative ways to solve stubborn problems. 

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4. CO-MMUNICATE

Identify gaps. Take stock of collective resources and chart the new way forward.

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5. CO-CREATE

Draw up plans to combine resources. Identify partners to fill any gaps.

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6. CO-INVEST

Build from a foundation of trust and commitment, to amplify pooled resources.

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