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Miss Millennium: A decade of crowning Queens

The Miss Millennium pageant will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in style by crowning its 10th Queen since founding in 2008. The pageant, open to women over 40 years will be held on March 23 at millennium Jazz restaurant in Mogoditshane.

Miss Millennium was established in 2008 by adults who were looking for ideas women over 40 years could carry out to give back to the community. When it started, the pageant paraded women over 40 and the ultimate winner would have to come up with community projects that would help fight poverty and give back to the community. The winner would be given a project idea and run it with other former Queens who also help in supporting the project.

The inaugural Miss Millennium, Felicity Bogacu told a press conference on Monday that the pageant will be taken to much greater heights in years to come, “In years to come, Miss Millennium will be elevated to greater heights.” As a way of supporting the project, Mascom donated a P50 000 towards the pageant. “Mascom will commit P50 000 to Miss Millennium. We are turning 20 years and we believe in empowering women because we know the world will become better if women are empowered.

We wanted to find a way of supporting the Queens in their initiative. We would like to congratulate you,” Chief Communications and Public Relations Officer of Mascom Tebogo LebotseSebego said. This year, the Event Producer of Miss Millennium Zenzele Hirschfield explained that they have a lot of fun that will be catered for during the pageant.

“We are going to be having a two parade, which will be inclusive of the sexy fun with Mascom colors and it will be given to Mascom as a tribute. We are going to be having international Jazz artists who will be entertaining during the night and local jazz artists as well,” she said. Former Miss Millennium Queen, Sandra Ramanteba who won the pageant in 2015 shared her emotional testimony about her reign and how she reached out to a home in Moshaneng.

“When I was handed the crown, I focused on taking care of children and elders as most of the youth are being taken care of by the government. There is an old woman in Moshaneng who stays with 27 children. I took my family to Moshaneng to visit the old woman. The lady had no water, we approached water utilities. Every year I visit to give what I have,” she said.

Another former Queen, Theresa Tiny Hirschfield (2010) chirped in, saying there were plans underway to raise funds in order to help connect water at the old woman’s house. She further pleaded with the public to come forth and assist in any way they can as their efforts alone could never be enough. Nonetheless, Event Manager and Music promoter Fatima Gabatshwane volunteered to foot the bill for the water connection for the family.

The contest is open to women aged 40 years and above and should be a Motswana Citizen. They should be passionate and about community Building Projects. Interested individuals should register now on 76888867 or 71731781.

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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