It highlights the power of heritage and the struggle for recognition. Heritage and place names go hand-in-hand as South Africa defines itself post-apartheid. In 1992 using census results of Bophuthatswana to promote use of place names I had a rude awakening in Tampostad, Kwa Matlhako.
Place names play a critical defining role. In demarcation one looks to the different local administrative boundaries - Dikgoro - but as villages grow the Dikgoro get diluted by variable geometry whereby allegiance is not necessarily spatially contiguous, but follows lineage, which is not necessarily a spatially contiguous feature. Therein arise conflicts of sorts.
I had prepared the results, arranged for a meeting with the chief of Tampostad and his indunas. I had impressive visuals that would simplify communication and annotated sub-place names on the map of Tampostad. I arrived to a warm welcome.
Ready to start, I introduced the subject and intention of the presentation, which had to do with decision-making with regard to location of schools and clinics using spatial data. The Statistical Analysis Software had just made advancements on geographic information systems and its decision support system was quite advanced.