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Mmaoratwa: The Story of Mariette Bosch

Written and Directed by Rasina Winfred Rasina and Ngemi Moemedi Makhurutha, Mmaoratwa is a controversial local production inspired by the events that took place during and after the Botswana Love Triangle murder and what transpired during the night of June 26th 1996.

That fateful night, a jealous and impatient lover, Marriette Bosch climbed the wall and crept into her love rival, Maria Wolmarans’ home, gun at hand, effectively shooting her twice, and killing her on the spot. That crime would set her a date with the hangman. But before she went to the gallows, there was international uproar that put Botswana on the spotlight. Countries in Africa and beyond, human rights activists were all up in arms and were against the execution of the woman, who had killed a long time family friend to get him out of the way to get her man.  

A white woman of South African origin, Bosch was the first white woman to be hanged in Botswana and the only white woman to be hanged in Africa for many years. She was the fourth woman to be executed in Botswana since independence went to the gallows on the 31st of March 2001.

International commentators observed that the execution, only two months after Bosch's appeal, was an all- time record for Botswana where the time between sentence and execution is normally from nine months to several years. It is generally thought to have been carried out so quickly because of the growing international controversy over the case and increasing pressure from various human rights groups.

The stage theatre play is set in three countries; Botswana, South Africa and the United Kingdom. It will focus on the conflicting views of Botswana, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom views are those primarily representing the views of the world. The South African reactions are those that represent the reactions of the region and Africa as a whole. The story deliberately also points out to the fact that the Court of Appeal had been by then formulated to comprise judges from; England, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. This alone says a lot about the emotions and feel of a white woman, first white woman being on death row.  

Bosch was 50 years at the time of her sentencing by the Court of Appeal at the end of January 2001. In an interview with WeekendLife Rasina Rasina said the Story of Mariette Bosch is a story about justice, fairness and legality. It borders its origins on the notion of social justice and how the global society perceives the whole notion of social justice. It goes on to depict the notion of being blinded by love for love. It also borders on the ideas and realities that the societies do not want to openly discuss; the role of money in the making and breaking of love relationships. “It is an interesting story where Tienie Wolmarans proposed and married Mariette Bosch, even though she was just arrested and charged with killing his wife.”

The production will further explore the controversial aspects of race relations and expectations on race relations and the views of the legal system when it comes to race relations. The story moves on to encompass in other formats the views of the ordinary man of how apartheid remains a huge part of our society yet so the society, especially our neighbouring South Africans remains in denial. The Story also touches on the realities of how the apartheid system has corroded the minds and souls of ordinary people. The opening scene is set in South Africa’s Park Station and this is where it all begins.

The Story of Mariette Bosch brings to light both the battles that were fought privately and in public by all involved, mainly civil society organisations such as Ditshwanelo Centre for Human Rights, the legal systems including the Courts, the police and the global view including foreign Governments.

It is a story that to some degree did test the independent mind of the then President of the Republic of Botswana Mr Festus Gontebanye Mogae, a self-confessed retributionist. He was being petitioned by institutions locally, by Mariette Bosch Lawyers, by Mariette Bosch herself, by foreign governments condemning the death sentence and individuals airing their personal views. The petitions were both for and against the death penalty and centred primarily on this case. The story brings to light all these, or rather, many of this actors out in the open.

The story on its provocative approach tries to deal with socio- developmental issues that persist in our society. It deals with social issues and justice. Why did our Court of Appeal consist of all foreign judges, are we afraid to kill a white person, are we prepared enough to deal with social justice and the reaction of the society.

What happened after the death of Marietta Bosch?

The story tries to bring in the aspect of certainty. After the controversial killing many countries in the region and outside started to have fear in Botswana. “We never realised that we are dealing with a white person until foreign media and human rights groups started talking. For Botswana it was a murder case involving a woman who murdered another one out of jealousy and justice took its course,” said Rasina. Did we move forward as a country? It is perceived that the same trend is still continuing- passion killings are on the rise over jealousy and monitory benefits. Rasina observes that our society reactions to these issues are passive.

Lastly the duo wants to deal with the issue of Mr Tienie Wolmarans, the man who was at the centre of attraction during the Mariette Bosch story. “At the moment we really don’t know what really transpired, we can only tell the story as we were told but we do not know the truth, what really happened that night,” he said.

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TV Show explores Tswana culture

6th February 2024

Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo, a cultural exchange TV show, is set to ignite a genuine appreciation of diversity in Botswana and revitalize the country’s great tourism sector. In recent years, culture in Botswana has taken a backseat, leading to tribalism and narcissism that has caused division and resentment among different ethnic groups. However, a small group of individuals is determined to bring back the golden days of culture and restore unity among the people.

The TV show, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo, aims to shine a spotlight on the diverse ethnic groups in Botswana, such as Balete, Bangwaketse, Baherero, Bakalaka, Bangwato, Bayei, Basarwa, Bakwena, Batswapong, and Bakgatla. By showcasing the distinctive characteristics, age-old traditions, and deeply rooted values of these cultural groups, the program seeks to foster a broader understanding and appreciation for Botswana’s rich cultural tapestry.

Recognizing the pivotal role of culture in shaping human identity, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo aims to serve as a bridge across the cultural landscape. In an era of increasing global connectivity, the show believes that exposing individuals to different ethnic cultures can cultivate understanding, nurture respect, and ignite a genuine appreciation for diversity.

Beyond its entertainment value, the TV show holds substantial benefits for Botswana. It has the capacity to preserve the country’s unique heritage, traditions, and customs, contributing significantly to the nation’s sense of identity and pride. Moreover, the program’s portrayal of Botswana’s cultural richness is expected to attract tourists, invigorating the tourism sector and creating employment opportunities, thus bolstering the country’s economic landscape.

Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo also aims to be a catalyst for social cohesion, fostering unity among people from diverse backgrounds and promoting a deeper understanding of cultural diversity. By showcasing the beauty and richness of Botswana’s cultural heritage, the program seeks to bring people together and bridge the gaps that have been created by tribalism and narcissism.

The TV show is meticulously designed to captivate audiences interested in delving into the intricacies of ethnic cultures. With a commitment to both entertainment and education, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo will unfold over forty days, starting in October 2024, captivating viewers on TV networks and various social media platforms.

At the heart of the TV show are twenty individuals chosen to represent the cultural diversity in Botswana. The inclusion of two individuals with disabilities underscores the program’s commitment to inclusivity and aligns seamlessly with the country’s vision of promoting equal opportunities for all.

The selection process for participants involves public participation, with interested individuals casting their votes through service providers. This transparent and inclusive cultural affair ensures that the TV show truly represents the diverse cultural landscape of Botswana.

Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo sets out to revive culture in Botswana, ignite a genuine appreciation of diversity, and revitalize the tourism sector. By showcasing the unique heritage, traditions, and customs of different ethnic groups, the TV show aims to foster unity, understanding, and respect among the people of Botswana. With its potential to attract tourists and create employment opportunities, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo holds great promise for the country’s cultural and economic landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be with Thabo on the 14th February

6th February 2024

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air. It’s the perfect time to celebrate with heartwarming music, and “Ha Kena Le Thabo” by the Dalom Kids is the ultimate anthem for this special day. This catchy tune not only captures the essence of the season but also carries a powerful message that resonates with listeners.

The Dalom Kids have taken the spotlight with their latest remix hit song, and it’s no surprise why. Their music has stood the test of time, and their songs are loved today as much as they were loved two decades ago. They have found a way to revamp their music, aligning it with the current times, and their collaboration with Nkosazana daughter By Master KG SA Music last year is a testament to their dedication to empowering individuals during difficult times.

“Ha Kena Le Thabo” is a song that encourages listeners to express their heartfelt appreciation towards their loved ones. It serves as a reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the love and support we receive from those who are dear to us. In a world that often moves too quickly, it’s easy to forget the significance of love and companionship. However, the Dalom Kids’ music reminds us of the indispensability of gratitude and how it strengthens the bonds we share with our loved ones.

The Dalom Kids have made a name for themselves in the South African music scene, captivating audiences for several decades. Their unique blend of contemporary sounds and traditional influences has left an indelible mark on the industry. Their songs have always carried important messages, addressing topics such as love, unity, and resilience.

Formed in 1987 by the late Daniel Tshanda, the group consists of Jacqueline Rotwana, Petronella Rampou, and Magdeline Zungu. Together, they have created music that resonates with people from all walks of life. Their songs are not only catchy but also carry a deeper meaning, touching the hearts of listeners.

“Ha Kena Le Thabo” effortlessly fits into the pattern of the Dalom Kids’ music, reinforcing the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the love we have in our lives. It serves as a reminder to slow down and appreciate the love and support we receive from our loved ones. In a world that can often be chaotic and overwhelming, this song brings a sense of calm and gratitude.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, let the music of the Dalom Kids inspire you to express your love and appreciation for those who bring joy to your life. Let “Ha Kena Le Thabo” be the soundtrack to your celebrations, as you embrace the spirit of gratitude and affection that this season represents. Take a moment to reflect on the love you have in your life and let this song be a reminder of the importance of expressing that love to those who matter most.

In conclusion, “Ha Kena Le Thabo” by the Dalom Kids is the perfect anthem for Valentine’s Day. Its catchy tune and powerful message make it an ideal song to celebrate love and gratitude. Let this song inspire you to express your love and appreciation for those who bring joy to your life. As you celebrate this special day, let the music of the Dalom Kids be the soundtrack to your celebrations, reminding you of the importance of love and companionship.

 

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Miss Botswana in full swing

18th January 2024

The Miss Botswana pageant is in full swing, with the top 10 finalists working tirelessly to impress the judges and secure the coveted title. This week, the finalists have been busy with their Beauty-With-A-Purpose projects, a crucial component of the Miss World pageant. The spotlight is on these young women as they showcase their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

The Beauty-With-A-Purpose documentation week is a crucial moment for the finalists. They will be filmed as they present their projects to the judges and the audience, highlighting the impact they have had on their communities. This aspect of the competition is particularly important, as Miss World advocates for the wellbeing of children. Therefore, the projects should be aligned with this mission and demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving the lives of children.

Unfortunately, Botswana has never won the Beauty-With-A-Purpose competition at Miss World. This suggests that previous projects from Miss Botswana queens may not have been convincing enough or may not have met the criteria set by Miss World. It is crucial for the finalists to ensure that their projects are compelling and directly address the needs of children in their communities.

The top 10 finalists for Miss Botswana are Relebanye Bakane, Anicia Gaothusi, Halle Hirschfeld, Lorato Kgangyapelo, Sebaga Manyepetsa, Otshepo Nthonyana, Charmaine Reasentse, Lefika Tladi, Emma Tshisimogo, and Christina Vanstaden. These young women have shown great dedication and passion throughout the competition, and it is clear that they are determined to make a difference.

The Miss Botswana Organization has been proactive in ensuring that the pageant is inclusive and representative of the entire country. Auditions were held across the country, allowing Batswana from all regions to participate in the journey. Additionally, a mini fashion show and beauty showcase were organized to highlight the talents and beauty of the contestants.

The Miss Botswana pageant has been a major event in the country, with 34 episodes documenting the journey to finding the next queen. The Top 30 finalists were celebrated with a grand launch, and the plans for their journey were unveiled. The organization has spared no effort in ensuring that the pageant is a memorable and impactful experience for all involved.

The highly anticipated Miss Botswana Top 10 launch will take place next week. The reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo, will represent the country at the 71st edition of Miss World, which will be held in New Delhi, India on March 2, 2024. Chombo was crowned by Polish model and Miss World 2021, Karolina Bielawska, who made a special appearance at the finale in October 2022. Chombo will now have the honor of crowning her successor at the upcoming pageant.

As the finale approaches, the heat is on in Miss Botswana’s kitchen. The top 10 finalists are working tirelessly to showcase their Beauty-With-A-Purpose projects and make a lasting impact. It is an exciting time for these young women, and the entire country is eagerly awaiting the crowning of the next Miss Botswana.

 

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