Dr Kgotso Maphalla has been named among this year’s National Order Recipients.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday bestowed the order of Ikhamanga to Dr Maphalla.
The order is bestowed to South Africans who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.
Maphalla is a multi-award-winning author who published more than 70 Sesotho literary works among others.
The prolific author Maphalla passed on in April this year at the age 66 after suffering a stroke.
His death has been described as a colossal loss in the literary fraternity. https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/dr-kpd-maphalla-to-be-bestowed-order-of-ikhamanga/
Here is the Poem:
Even in your demise, still you served
You served my brothers and sisters
Then they went
You served me and my friends
And we blend
You served our siblings
And now in your demise
You serve the nation that you loved
Robala ka Kgotso Kabelwamanong
Kajeno ho tlotlwa Kakapa
Wa hao mosebetsi oo phethile
Kajeno re banna re tiile
Reja monakaladi wa kebolelwa
Hobane merithi oe theile
Ka boqhetseke leka kgotso
Dikakapa o diphehile
Ha maru a rwalellana
Makgwaba rea titimisa dikhohlo
Bafutsana re ikgantsha re lapile
Kabelwamanong tsoha o siile dihase
Tlou di fula naheng keho hloka badisa
BoMokone re bahale re heletsa difate
Pene ya Marumo ke silialia
Senkganang se nthola morwalo
Ha lesa nkgolwe botsang lebitla
Ha se Pinyane nthwena hetlang morao
Nalane e ngotswe ka kgapha tsaka
Robala ka kgotso Baobab
Robala Kakaka hara Dikakapa
Setumo seo tshwanetse
Mohokare ore dumedisetse Moshoeshoe.
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