While faced by a myriad of social and environmental challenges, the fashion and textile industries continue to edge ever-closer to a more sustainable, equitable and circular future thanks to the innovative thinking of industry leaders.
Kay-Law continues to push the envelope on responsible apparel. With their enhanced quality clothing wear, the local brand emerged winners in South Africa recently at the Annual Fashion without Boarders competition in Sandton, matching African designers across the whole continent and got silver medal, subsequently settling for position two overall.
Being one amongst designers scouted from Botswana, the clothing label did not only conquest the silver medal. The Director garnered himself Best Young Designer as well as Best Brander. He was hunted while participating in the Masquerade Winter Fashion Show in June at Gaborone Hotel. The participation in various fashion shows is an integral component to the clothing line’s strategy for achieving wages and Kay-Law purposely chooses products that will ensure a high volume and significant return.
When speaking to Weekend Life this week following his victorious achievement, Kay-Law Director Kaelo Godirwang said ‘’most people recognize that their clothing is made out of certain materials, but it’s important to understand that is also made by hands. And the people who make our clothing deserve to be seen and recognized. Fashion without Boarders is one way to achieve that goal. It’s so much more than just paying premiums to workers. It positively affects worker’s lives, but also affects factories, brands and customers who get to make informed choices.
Godirwang explained that his designs were inspired by the standard value of the campaign, as well as the level of classic from his opponents. ‘’It was a tough competition; I was up against international designers who are equally good at what they do. So for us to win there was not easy, as we had to incorporate something different, something that the judges would ultimately fall for. We came up with a different approach to how we been designing our apparel, and it worked out.
Competing on an international competition showed us how we competent with designing, and it was a pleasure for me to participate in the socio-economic development and diversification in the disadvantaged areas of Johannesburg and the rest of Africa. Also, it encourages the platform of cultural exchange across the entire continent. So it was a good to go kind of initiative’’
Adjudicators, he noted, were looking for an organic piece of clothing that is unique and capable of sending message to the audience. He stressed that confidence depicted by models was relatively important at the competition. ‘’Prior to the show, I did an intensive research about the previous winners, and tried to do something different but following what they did. I used some choreography to enter the ramp, and my designs were contrary to the preliminary one that is often used in different shows. The use of hidden knowledge really worked for me, as opponents didn’t expected from me’’
Taking us down the memory lane, Godirwang tinted that his clothing line came after speculation on different forms of business. ‘’I made a law abidance that talks of unconventional manners of great etiquette. As I studied law at the Gaborone Universal College of Law, I then turned to make my own law on and I called it Kay-Law, that is derived from my name and the law part of it is that unconventional manner.
I went on to teach kids at the campus how great etiquette cam help them achieve their desired goals, and every month I would have awards for those whom passed my tests about Kay-Law and awarded them with t-shirts and caps. People kept on following what I do and I ended up turning that into business. I expanded this business into other components as I now have Kay-Law transport, Kay-Law catering as well as security.
Moving forward, he stressed that he intended to expand regionally in the field of fashion and increase assets and investment of the company, to support the development of service as well as develop a strong base of key customers. He also strives to provide quality services that exceed the expectations of customers.
Fashion without Boarders FWB is a fashion and lifestyle movement that serves as the gateway for upcoming designers and models to enter the world of fashion. It premiered in Johannesburg in 2014, and it now travels throughout the African continent, showcasing and uplifting Africa’s young and emerging fashion designers and new faces, as well as models from disadvantaged backgrounds. This year, Fashion without Boarders brought young 20 of Africa’s hottest upcoming and well established designers, all on one stage. The theme was ‘’My Africa’’. Botswana was also represented by Tlatlana Clothing brand.
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.