As the country comes together to celebrate Heritage Month, the Diseko family members plan to embrace theirs through hosting a family reunion like no other.
The Diseko clan is found mainly in Thaba Nchu and Bloemfontein and a large concentration is from around Klerksdorp-Potchefsroom-Ventersdorp. They are mainly of the Bahurutshe tribe, although around the old Western Transvaal you do find those belonging to the Batlokwa tribe due to assimilation and migration as a results of the wars and dispersion that resulted from the 1913 Land Act.
Family spokesperson, Bonnies Diseko, said they host the family reunion every year to ensure that even though times change and people move, they are not lost to their families.
The festivities will begin on Saturday 9 September 2017, and will be held at De Deur, at the Misty River Lodge. “Families from the Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu areas will depart on 8 September 2017 and return on the 10th. The two-day festivities include an in-depth discussion on our genealogy identity and all that constitute our culture. The youth in the clan will enjoy a bash while adults will relax to a braai,” explained Diseko.
Diseko added that researchers conducting analysis on the history of their heritage as the Diseko Clan as well as many other traditional aspects, will present their findings at the gathering, in hopes of teaching the younger ones about where they come from, while also instilling a sense of pride in who they are.
Diseko said they realised the need for such gatherings when people would often comment about the many Disekos out there, and whether they were related. This is when they decided to trace their family history and know who is a part of it, as well as where they are.
“We recently reunited with a young man who grew up in Durban and did not know his relatives from his mother’s side. His mother worked in Bloemfontein as a domestic worker and moved to Durban with the family she worked for. The young man grew up in Durban and never knew any of his relatives from the Diseko side of the family until he came to the reunion,” added Diseko.
To find out more about the reunion contact Bonnies Diseko at 082-462-1156 or Lebogang Diseko at 083-735-3764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Seithati Semenokane