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Bank Gaborone steps up fight against Diabetes

In their continued quest to fight against Diabetes, Managing Director of Bank Gaborone, Mr. Sybrand Coetzee on the 8th of May, 2019 during the official launch of the Bank Gaborone Diabetes Apple Project stated that “Bank Gaborone has taken a stance against Diabetes as health indicators recognize that the illness is becoming a growing concern in Botswana and as a bank, our commitment will always to being a connector of positive change in our communities, by strengthening our relations with stakeholders in order for our donations and sponsorships to reach out and have a lasting impact,”

A journey realized in 2014 when the latter bank partnered with Tsetseng Spar stores selecting the apple fruit as it is a universal symbol of health to bring tangibility to the fight against Diabetes. In the first edition of the Bank Gaborone apple project, as a partner Tsetseng Spar stores sold loose apples in its branches across the country and profits collected were routed to the Diabetes Association of Botswana.

Particularly similar this year as Coetzee announced that the project will run from 15 May to 15 July adding that this time around instead of loose apples, bags of apples will be sold at an affordable price. “The bank’s branches will be selling vouchers that clients and the general public will then be able to redeem for a bag of apples at all Tsetseng Spar stores” Coetzee informed and emphasized that members of the public will also be able to make cash donations at any of the bank’s 11 branches around the country.

High esteemed guest of honor Former Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness Honorable Biggie Butale stressed enough a necessity for an initiative as this one to be endorsed not only through sponsorship but with education on the importance of eating well advising to step away from processed intakes and rather consume towards our traditional produces that are of earthy benefits.

The Former, mentioned that “with the sky rocket numbers of deaths triggered by diabetes recording four million in the year 2017 worldwide it is imperative to take stand on the fight and awareness against diabetes as most cases of infections have been proven to be lifestyles induced and donated that “the ministry is committed to giving patients high quality world class care through access to specialist care, free medication and free access to the laboratory investigations.”

On behalf of the Diabetes Association of Botswana for the launch of the Bank Gaborone Diabetes Apple Project, Chairman Dr Dipesalema Joel shared that the organization which was officially launched in Botswana in 2005 is “not for profit” as their mission is to provide Diabetes education, care and support in Botswana. “We work hand in hand with the government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to execute our mandate” he shared.

Dr Joel further educated and indicated that most Diabetes infections are centered on increased levels of urbanization and sedentary lifestyle urging fellow citizens to co-idea a healthy diet and increase their physical activity. “We are gathered here today for the launch of the Bank Gaborone Diabetes Apple Project as a way of increasing awareness about the importance of healthy eating and combat the spread of Diabetes while at the same time raising funds for the cause through the sales of apples” adding that “the proceeds made from this campaign will solely be used to advance a way against Diabetes and improve welfare for those who already have it.” concluded and thanked the doctor.

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Creatives taking over 2023

26th September 2023

Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.

They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.

This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.


Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.

The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.

However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.


This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.

His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.

KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.

If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.


Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.

This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.


After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.

Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.






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26th September 2023

Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.

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26th September 2023

With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.

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