The much anticipated Masa Fashion Show came to a climax on Saturday 2nd November 2019 to great acclaim. It was a movie, as the hotel partnered with heavy weight brands to crank up the heat for Botswana’s biggest fashion expose.
Being the most influential fashion show in the whole country, Masa Fashion Show showcased local designer’s upcoming line of clothing, accessories and this was where the latest fashion trends are made. Models were up and definitely meant business, as they walked the catwalk dressed in the clothing created by local designers. Clothing was illuminated on the runway using various forms of lighting and special effects. Statements were made in accordance with designer’s collection and what they want, and the audience could interpret what the designer was trying to communicate with his…or her collection.
Not only that, everybody knows that the fashion crowd is full of attention seekers that like to dress up. I could see folks lifting up their cameras and these attention-seekers were more than happy to have their photo taken. Talking about flash, there were photographers everywhere. Every fashion designer loves to see stunning photos of their designs in glossy magazines, social media platforms or just anywhere, so it was only about finding the right spot and shoot.
Masa Fashion Show was the right platform to see what will be trending in the next season, and if you are a fashion enthusiast, that was the right place for you to have been at. There are actually hot collections for the next season, and to be up with the times, it’s only imperative you catch up on their social media pages, to get to see who was showcasing there. I know for sure, they have all that information.
The fashion show was not only a fashion event, it was a whole party. If you can’t get tickets for the show, at least get into the parties. It’s paradise. All these fashion professionals gathering, enjoying drinks at the most incredible hotel in town, and you want to be left out, think twice about that one. It is all wrong. The whole essence is to have unlimited fun, under relaxed ambience, with flash and lights all over.
The couture was on just on another level. Gabs folks came dressed for the occasion; they actually put together looks that made my head turn. None of them failed, and by the look of things, dressing for this event was fun. Layers, prints, bold colours and statement items were the order of the day, they got the job done. These kids levelled up and coordinated outfits for a killer Instagram shots, as it is the case for our now generation. They had fun with their outfits, they didn’t overthink them. That is Ok because this was their opportunity to dig up those statement pieces hiding in the back of their closets, say vintage dresses, jeans and couture I have never seen before.
One thing about fashion shows is that it affords you a chance to blend clothes. You get to test your new combinations, and it is fine to stand alone, somehow someone is inspired by your unique look. Some went wild with their bold prints, some draped their jackets over their shoulders, some slouched them under their elbows and that on its own was awe-inspiring. Next time you think of attending a fashion show, think outside the box. Wear something that you don’t wear on a regular day, wear bold colours because they will make you stand out in a crowd of fashion enthusiasts and something daring will add cherry on top.
The fashion show saw 15 seasoned designers showcase their couture garments to Gaborone’s fashion elite as well as novices eager to consume talent. The designers, models and make-up artists left many mesmerised by what they saw. The show-stopping highlight of the evening was the surprise performance by the award winning KTM Choir.
Speaking at the fashion show, Masa Square Hotel General Manager Hayden Bowl said ‘’As Masa Square Hotel, we have always believed in family and tameness. Collaboration with others has made this project possible- and indeed beyond just tonight but encompassing the entire fashion show campaign and developmental aspects. We have collaborated with fresh and relevant parties who are at the cutting edge of their industries. Our annual fashion show has evidently grown into the hearts of fashion, corporate and even tourism professionals and enthusiast over the years and we therefore have a responsibility to make sure we set the bar higher with each year’’
He further said in the bigger scope of things, the Masa Fashion Show is a way of shining a spotlight on the captains of various industries and talented upcoming artists in order to promote unique Botswana heritage that is a vibrant blend of African metropolitanism. More importantly, he noted that they intend to grow off the unique Botswana experience for people and the world to enjoy.
In a game changing move, the renowned Masa Fashion Show was hosted on the streets of the Western Commercial Road and 1st Commercial Road in the CBD. Jan Malan, Director of Umzingeli productions and producer of MFS 2019 brought this to life through collaboration with local greats Ngwao Brand Architects, who are well renowned for their impressive portfolio in the Botswana corporate and entertainment spaces. The hotel hosted for the first time ever a pop up market the following day, to afford designers a spotlight to showcase their garments from the night to potential buyers and customers interested in acquiring anything they liked the night before.
Fastjet Zimbabwe, the award-winning value-based airline, this week announced that effective Thursday, 30 June 2022, the airline will introduce a new service between Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Maun in Botswana.
The new route is scheduled to operate four (4) times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Fastjet will operate the route using a 50-seater Embraer ERJ145 aircraft. This aircraft choice is known to provide the versatility to build a sustainable regional network with the right-size capacity while offering customers comfortable seating with generous legroom.
Fastjet Zimbabwe spokesperson, Nunurai Ndawana, said, “The airline is thrilled to introduce direct flights from Victoria Falls to Maun. Using our Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, we believe this route will facilitate more travel between these two tourism capitals of Zimbabwe and Botswana. This route has for many years been only available by private charter.
So, with the introduction of this direct connection, we believe it will be able to spur tourism development and growth in the region”. Fastjet Group Chief Operating Officer, Donahue Cortes commented, “The Victoria Falls – Maun flight is the second new route being added onto the fastjet regional network, with flights between Victoria Falls and Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga planned to launch ahead of the Easter travel period.
Despite the hard-wearing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group remains dedicated to the recovery and growth of tourism in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana, and to bringing further connectivity to the region”. The new route will operate 4 times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday connecting two of Southern Africa’s most iconic tourist destinations.
Botswana has been approached to host the 73rd Miss World, expected in 2024. During the appreciation event for Miss Botswana, Palesa Molefe, by Southern Epic Cycling Challenge in collaboration with The High Commission of India, Miss Botswana Management Company Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Benjamin Raletsatsi, confirmed that they have been approached by Miss World to host 73rd Miss World.
Speaking at the same arena, Raletsatsi highlighted that it has been his dream to host Miss World in Botswana. “Miss Botswana is one of the difficult projects to run. There are days I just wake up and ask myself why I am doing what I am doing because everything about me from integrity is often times torn apart.
Then Palesa came along and validated and confirmed that what I am doing is right because it is setting an opportunity for young girls in this country to have an opportunity to express themselves. Four years ago, when I took over Miss Botswana I had a vision, in my vision I wanted the first year to just be us participating in Miss World, second year was for us to participate and ask Miss World to allow us to host Miss World in Botswana, and the third year was for us to elevate ourselves as a country; whilst in year four we wanted to win Miss World.
We could have won Miss World in our third year of office with Palesa, but unfortunately COVID-19 happened. The idea is that this coming year as Palesa will be handing over her Miss Botswana tittle, she will be there to guide the next Miss Botswana on how to prepare for Miss World.”
Raletsatsi pointed out that the reality that Palesa did not win Miss World does not mean she did not do well. “She did exceptionally well”. He said at the end of Miss World there were ten pictures of Miss World participants who had a huge impact auctioned, and out of ten pictures two of those pictures were of Palesa.
The Miss Botswana management CEO highlighted that after the Miss World competition, Miss World responded to their request to host the 73rd Miss World. “They responded and said we can host 73rd Miss World if we are still interested in hosting it.
The current Miss World will be the 71st this year and then followed by the 72nd which is next year and the 73rd which will be in 2024 which has been offered to Botswana. The bigger challenge for me now is how I will be able to convince Batswana to bring Miss World to Botswana.
The honest truth is that Palesa has done her part as a change agent, it is up to us to do our part as Batswana to ensure that Miss World comes to Botswana and is a success. I was joking with one of my friends the other day to say, what Palesa has achieved in one year can take some companies, three to four years to achieve.”
You choose a path to be better or bitter, why do you have to expose a person, what do you gain from that? We react rather than become proactive. Mothers need help! Some said as social media turned into a battlefield this past Father’s Day.
Baby mamas came all guns blazing, ventilating their frustrations against absent baby daddies through social media posts. “As for me I feel women will be applying a hurting heart or she is bitter to expose baby daddy.
There are channels one can follow to solve this issues rather than rushing to Facebook and exposing them, it’s reacting rather than solving the reality of the problem, it won’t help you, after all what will Facebook do to you? Would it give you the food, would it make the father to support the child, but there are channels one can follow like one can consult with the laws then this man will know the right thing to do”, said Obonye Obza Thapelo who is baby daddy of two daughters.
Thapelo further argued that if you seek for definition you will lose a father, “we have our fathers, it’s not about the responsibility, if we are talking about a father on happy father’s day don’t talk about the definition, talk about father’s day, it never say define or describe whose a father.
When you come back to family, we have family dynamics, family faults and family failures, so if you have family failures, for example, if I have been taking care of the child while we were together and it happens we break up and I stop taking care of the child, are you not going to call me a father just because of my failures?”
“If we are going to look for the faults we won’t be building fathers that we want. “It says happy father’s day, it ends there, and it’s not about the responsibilities. A responsible father depends on one, I can be a fathers because I am your mentor, I can be a father that am not supporting financially but I can just call and check on my child, I can be father that have money but still fails to support but am there physically but not economically, am there emotionally but still am a father.”
“Speaking from experience, my baby daddy have never been there in my kids life so in my own opinion I think happy father’s day means to acknowledge fathers who are present in their children lives, man who are there for their children, I don’t mean for the mothers, am saying their children.”, Norah Moloi mother of three cried.
“Women are reactive to this issues because it hurts to be left alone with children. Seeing other women praising their baby daddies and as for us not even knowing what to say to our children, they don’t even know if this day do exist hurts. I grew up without a father too, I didn’t even had a privilege to wish him that, even happy birthday to him too. I think this now seem like a trend, it’s like a culture now because it’s like everyone is abandoning their children,” Moloi explained.
“There is co-parenting, I mean if you have problem with me exclude the child from our problems. For us to have a healthy children who are mentally fit we ought to be in the same page. Let us hide our problems from our children. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, that is why you saw on social media even kids venting out about their absent fathers.
“As for fathers who are not in their children’s life why should we wish them father’s day? It is like throwing a seed on rocks and expect it to germinate without proper soil, proper sunlight or even without water and expect to reap at the end of the day.
Do you expect such a planter to be praised that they have sowed anything? You are a planter yes but where is your seedlings, you just threw a seed and abandon it, as for me is a big NO! There is a mistake that men turn to make, they think children cannot see all the struggles mother goes through trying to made ends meets for them and later blame it on baby mamas for using children when tables turns.
“Ask yourself, are we to wish man who denied pregnancy father’s day? What of those who long abandoned their children? What is there to be wished? What is supposed to be happy about the day? We are not bitter, we are asking them to put themselves in our shoes,” Moloi expressed herself.
Adding on Calvin G Zacharia father of one daughter says that was a cry for help to single mothers, he said men who are not there for their children don’t deserve to be wished father’s day since they are not playing their role.
Zacharia urged mothers to involve the authority, “there is no use to pass remarks on social media without taking action. If the parents had messy break up they should find a common ground for the sake of their child/children”. It depresses the kids not having another party not playing the role on their lives.
“I think ladies are bitter, just because some man don’t give us money we start labelling them as deadbeat”, Boitshepho Gasefiwe mother of one. Men have their reasons for not being there for their children. There is always two sides of stories. Some kids I saw on Facebook I feel meddle in elder people’s issues without knowing the facts.
When giving his views, Thando Morgan, father of one daughter highlighted that he feels it depends on someone’s emotional intelligence, some act according to how their baby daddy treated them. “Baby mamas know their baby daddies better to find fit worthy a father title, some are venting out because they suffer alone in raising the kids alone.