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‘Stiletto Walk’ raises funds for breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the courageous battles of those who have fought breast cancer, celebrate those who have survived and remember those who lost their battle. It is also a time to be diligent in our self-examinations, schedule our mammogram appointments and remind others to do the same.

October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month spotlights a disease that strikes more than 232,000 women a year, and as such the Cancer Association of Botswana (CAB) in association with Rail Park Mall continues to annually host a key event dubbed ‘Gaborone Stiletto Walk’.
Now in its 11th year, this year’s ‘Gaborone Stiletto Walk’ slated for October 28th, from 0630am to 1130am, is being hosted under the theme, “Big or Small, Save Them All”, and will see participants from all walks of life braving all odds and walking six kilometres on a pair of heels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. The walk will start at Rail Park Mall, and the guest walker and speaker is Honourable Bogolo Kenewendo.

 “Get your prettiest, funkiest shoes and strut your stuff to raise funds and most importantly, show your support to those affected, to address concerns; including lack of awareness and understanding and bridging the gap between medical, psychosocial services for communities in remote areas. The International Breast Cancer Awareness Month creates a platform to enhance breast screening and further highlights the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, notwithstanding support for all affected. Cancer is not an individual problem but a community one,” said Pogiso Kgaile, Administration Secretary at Cancer Association of Botswana (CAB) this week.


“The walk will be followed by a prize-giving ceremony and all are encouraged to wear heels to stand an opportunity to win some awesome prizes. All types of shoes accepted but a pair of heels puts you in the running for a worthy prize.” Furthermore, Kgaile said, “Most people in Botswana think October is cancer month and pink is the colour for cancer, and everyone will want to know more about the cancer in the month of October. Breast Cancer is the third most common cancer in Botswana and second among women and about 17% of women in this country are likely to develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.”

CAB noted that the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better chances of success.“Breast Self-Examination (BSE) and regular mammograms/ ultrasound for women and men over 40 years can find the disease early, when it is easier to treat. Yes, breast cancer also affects men. Therefore, we urge all men affected to speak up and share their stories so as to motivate other men to be aware. In the year 2013, Rail Park approached CAB requesting to partner with us in the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness.

It has been a 5 good years that we have partnered with Rail Park mall. Rail park mall in these years was not just a venue sponsor to the event but have been partners towards planning this event.  We have managed to reach more people courtesy of the mall’s footprint and for that we remain thankful,” Kgaile added. Rail Park Mall Centre Manager, Bonyana Masu, said the reason behind them hosting CAB is to help them spread the message behind the walk that is planned to sensitise the public on breast cancer and issues surrounding it.

“We believe our mall is centralized, accessible and also has an added advantage of the masses than any other mall and CAB could take advantage of this platform through their stiletto walk event. It is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) where we do not only focus on our core business but to also avail our services towards helping those in need, in kind or otherwise,” said Masu adding that the marriage between them and CAB was inspired by the mere fact that participants walk for a cause.

“As Rail Park Mall, we would like to be associated with events of this magnitude as we become stakeholders in the dissemination of breast cancer information. There is a lot that needs to be done, a lot of people are still left behind when it comes to cancer issues and our wish is to see this gap closed as the event grows bigger and better each year. People should expect lots of fitness activities, giveaways and breast cancer screening. Early detection is key to surviving breast cancer,” said Masu. Furthermore, Masu said that registration is ongoing at CAB main offices (Plot 5348 Ditlhakore Way, Ext 12: Gaborone) and Rail Park Mall for P150 for individuals, P50 for children and P1, 000 for a corporate team of 5.

She noted that those wishing to participate can also deposit money into the below bank account: 

Bank details: First National Bank of Botswana Account Name: Cancer Association of Botswana Account number: 62051576919
Branch Code: 281467
Branch Name: Main Branch

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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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