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.
A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.
The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.
“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.
The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.
She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.
“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”
They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.
July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.
“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.
The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.
The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.
He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.
The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.
The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.
The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.
The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.
Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others. “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.
“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.
“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.
“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.
“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.
The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.
”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.