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Kavindama finds niche in Vintage wheels

A budding female entrepreneur, Ineeleng Kavindama, known as the ‘Queen of fashion’, has found a niche market in one of her passions. A lifestyle ardent, Ineeleng is now venturing in the business of vintage cars rental.

Kavindama first rose to public prominence as a fashionista in the mid-1990s in the neighbouring South Africa. With her unique designs, she became a household name in the fashion industry. This week, at her home in the burgeoning Gaborone suburb of Block 10, she reveals her latest business offering. Kavindama is adamant that vintage wheels would soon be the most sought after thing in weddings and other events.

“I see the need to have them in Botswana because there is a niche market for them. It’s a lifestyle, Botswana is a developing country, and we are also part of the globe. It is part of lifestyle that everybody aspires to be part of,” she said. “It is exclusive. Currently people commonly use Range Rovers, Mercedes Benz for their weddings. But this is form of an art. It is antique collection; it is a rare collection that is why we call it vintage wheels.”

The older the model, the more valuable the car is, in terms of pricing for hiring. Under her company Ineeleng Holdings, she has eight fleets of vintage wheels namely; the Austin 10 (1947), Austin (1965), Holden (1967), Mercedes Benz (1971), Rover P6 (1973), Rolls Royce Vanden Plas Princess (1965), Austin Cambridge (1963) and Range Rover (1983). “The idea is not to make money pronto. It is about lifestyle. With prices we do have set ones at the moment, we will negotiate with people when they come to us, looking at what they can afford,” she said.  

There are many reasons people are excited by classic, vintage or antique cars. The most prominent one of course is their rarity. You just do not find them as randomly as you would with later models. As a result they have the ‘wow’ factor to those who encounter them.  Nostalgia definitely plays a large part in the appeal of vintage cars. People look at what they are associated with, they all have a history that resonate with iconic moments such as those which were used or made during World War I or II.

Some have achieved great things in their lives, such as competing in and winning races, expeditions or endurance events, whilst others have overcome challenges that are far more mundane but no less important to the owner. With Ine, it boils down to her passion; she has always loved antique collection. The furniture in her living room attests to that.

“Obviously if you love antique collection, that passion inevitably spills over to other things. These are rare breeds of cars. Difficult to find, and its value appreciate because they gain value as they get old,” she stated. It is this advantage of appreciate that Ineeleng, see it as an as investment. Like a fine wine, the older, the better.

“When I get bored with time, I can sell it. I can easily dictate the price because they are rare. It not something can just go and buy. That is why even in South Africa, they have people coming from other continents coming to buy vintage cars,” he contended. According to Ineeleng, vintage wheels will also come as a boost to Botswana’s tourism. She says with her collection, people would be able to come and view the cars.

“It will be open to the public to view the cars, and for parents to bring the kids to come and see the cars and also learn about the history behind the cars. “We will offer public package to come and view the cars and even allow them to drive them to appreciate the cars. Some of these cars we only see them in movies,” she said. She said the collection could also come handy within the TV and film industry in Botswana because such cars are instrumental in films. “The cars are not only for carpet events, the can b used to develop the film industry as well. With the advent of BTV 2 They can use them as part of the set.”

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022
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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.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022
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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.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022
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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.

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