The inaugural Liquid Pluq under Construction affair slated for October 26th at Mmatshipa garden at Oodi Matebele is said to be a platform to take time to reflect, and constitute a tribute to the contributions of hustlers, especially young ones who have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country, as well as to themselves.
‘’This is a social event for hustlers, especially youth who have an obsession of striving longer, harder and faster about pushing themselves to the maximum, getting dirty just to make ends meet. It is really a changing experience to wake up every day and you do not have a 7 to 5 job yet you still find ways of surviving, trying by all means to put food on the table. We saying let’s get together and grind, under a relaxed ambience, mingle and get to know each other as future employers of this country’’ Amantle Letsweletse, Liquid Pluq Public Relations and Marketing personnel said in an exclusive interview with Weekend Life.
She further noted that ‘’the original purpose of this event is to recognize hustlers contributions, not to run roughshod over them and keep on hustling. It’s time to rise and shine, it’s time to slow down and relax as plodding makes one more efficient and productive and puts you at the finish line in time, plus you get to enjoy life instead of rushing through it. These helps prevent cumulative effects of stress that lead to burnout’’
One important thing hustlers tend to forget is to set boundaries. Letsweletse stressed that Liquid Pluq under Construction will be hosting relevant stakeholder who will share insights on how they made it, and how youngsters can reach for success, adding that learning to say no and avoiding over-committing to projects when one is already overloaded is very crucial. ‘’we strive to share with other that focus on work that you have already committed to. Prioritize tasks, and refrain from imposing unrealistic deadlines on yourself, so this will be one of the key activities to look up to at the event, knowledge sharing’’
‘’celebrations are the glue that hold things together and give meaning and purpose to your life. Instead of speeding over, take time to acknowledge and celebrate your contributions, achievements because you worked hard for them. It has been an exhausting year for many people, and it is only imperative to look back and rewind, but under a setting that is relaxing’’ she added
The theme for this event she said is success, which basically converses the plunders gotten from hard work, determination and resilience. Attendees will come dressed as makonteraka, or contract workers, with their helmets, overall, boots, gloves and safety reflectors. It was shared to Weekend Life that the whole essence is to appreciate hustlers in business. ‘’hustling is not just a skill, it is an art. It takes time to craft and perfect, but once mastered it is a powerful tool in any entrepreneur’s arsenal. Aside from being able to brush past failure and adversity a hustler is not only one who can get things done, but can make things happen, for an entrepreneur the latter is a skeleton key to progress’’
Further, Letsweletse underlined that there will be stalls for young entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services. ‘’lot of us here in the country are doing astounding things and we are able to produce products of high quality. We have afforded entrepreneurs a platform to come and sell their services to people who will be attending the event. You will never know, maybe your potential bulk buyer will be there, or someone who can be a business partner in the long run.
Lot of these young tycoons are less empowered as there are no enough platforms availed to them, and it’s as good as bad to have them there operating when there are no sales. It might not be a whole great amount of sales from the event, but it is better than nothing’’ Letsweletse stressed.
Interestingly enough, there is a private after party and camping. I am equally excited about this part here. Well, I hope I be given access too to mingle with these amazing magnates after a long day, sharing ideas and stuff, who knows, maybe I can do well in that field too. I am jesting! Anyway, folks with money for after party tickets and camping will get to sip on some various cocktails, and proper meals suitable for the evening. I’m getting envious now!
Liquid Pluq is a citizen owned events Management Company that specializes in bringing an element of surprise to the most elegant of events, from your high-profile private parties, charitable events, an off-the-charts wedding, birthday parties as well as small sessions. The youth-owned company offers venue sourcing, event design, mobile bar services, event floral and decor, event coordination, guest list management and VIP lounge services. With over 10 youth employed, it also recruits temporary ushers at times there is too much load. The company was established in September 2018.
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.