Since inception six months ago, the Tshiamo Gotlhe Mogapi Coaching and mentoring program has put ordinary youth in conversation with trailblazers and renowned individuals who share their life stories with them.
The program is hosted every Sunday at Botswana Accountancy College auditorium and is aimed at entrenching a culture of doing and giving back time to individuals who want to bring a discernible revolution to their life. Matlhogonolo Letsopa Mponang established the mentoring and coaching program after realising that she could not accommodate all requests from people who wanted her to assist them with their resumes, career guidance and general mentorship. Since she has a busy schedule she could not find enough time to help each and every individual so she then decided to start the coaching and mentorship program.
When asked why she chose the name, Tshiamo Gotlhe Mogapi, she said it was to honour her late sister who died in a tragic car accident. Growing up, Mponang was part of the Peer Approach to Counselling by Teens (PACT) started and facilitated by the Young Womens’ Christian Association movement which encouraged peer to peer counselling through imparting life skills. It was after a conversation with one of her current mentees- whom she grew up with in Selibe-Phikwe, Bronia Neontle Badubi, who pitched the idea to her that she decided to go ahead and start the program in a full- fledged manner. She initially started out offering coaching on competency based interviews, CV Writing and goal setting through the development of Vision Boards.
So far, the programs has managed to engage some of Botswana’s renowned names in their own right, who have shared with attendants what it took for them to get where they are. Experts from the Information Communication Technology sector such as Anthony Masunga and Mabua Mabua; From the Creative Arts such as Wilson Ngoni, Mothusi Lesolle, Shanti Lo, Anita Nols, Michelle Phetlhe, Juju Boy, Amantle Brown; Business people like Thoko Rangwasamy, Thapelo Letsholo, Arun Aiyer; A Motswana ICC Judge Justice Sanji Monageng; Distinguished teachers such as Itumeleng Matebele; Seasoned international stage players like MmaseKgoa Masire- Mwamba; Economist turned Political Leader Honourable Bogolo Kenewendo have presented at the sessions.
With over 20 years experience in the field of human resource management, strategic leadership, organisation development and design, together with change management, Mponang is currently the Deputy C.E.O- Corporate Services at Botswana Accountancy College. Her portfolio spans Finance and Procurement, Human Resources Management, Records Management, Quality Assurance, Integrated Facilities, Student Affairs, Information Communication and Technology, and until recently-Marketing and Corporate Communications.
Mponang trained in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a seasoned Professional who has operated across industries and at all levels in government, non- governmental and Corporate Botswana. She has worked in both green field and established environments. Mponang has also had a social commentary column in both “Lapologa” and the “Weekend Post” and is a philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur and Transformational Speaker.
Previously, she was Deputy Chairperson of the council at Westwood International School, also as an H.R Committee Chairperson of that Committee of the Council; she has worked as Chairperson of the Water Utilities Pension Fund and has sat on the Botswana Medical Aid Fund Board as a Board of Trustee Member. At the age of 19 years she was voted into the World Young Womens’ Christian Association Council by member countries of this World movement at the World Conference of 1995 in Seoul, Korea and became a World YWCA Council member-and remains the only Motswana to have ever sat on this international board.
The mother of three currently sits on the Boards of both the Okavango Diamond Company as a Board Member and Pula Medical Aid as a Board of Trustee member. Ms. Mponang is also Chairman of the Botswana Karate Foundation and a Board of Trustee Member of same.
In an interview with WeekendLife, Mponang explained that the program started small and has evolved over time and that “it’s like a ship which is being built whilst sailing”. The program, she shared, features industry captains and individuals who have done something and have challenged the status quo and attendants are given the opportunity to network with these elite thinkers after every program on Sundays.
“We teach individuals how to seek for self within so as to know self; How to develop Vision Boards so as to know where they want to go, and lastly how to get there. I also have a cohort of 30 mentees who I privately mentor after the public platform. They are in a year-long program, after which they will replicate this program, they will adopt a school and so as to take the program to schools. At the end of the day we are not about the appearance of doing something but are doing it so as to bring about tangible change,” she explained.
Mponang explained to WeekendLife that she offers her coaching and mentoring programs for free because she believes she cannot charge people for something she was largely given by God.
“I am a Transformational speaker by calling and in action and so I invest 5% of my income from that into my social development work. I have adopted a School- Tlhalogang CJSS in Chadibe- in the Borolong side of Francistown, I am the School Patron. However, she decried that despite her offering this platform the turn – out is not at the level as one would expect-given that it is free, on a Sunday afternoon- when it is assumed that most people are back from church.
They have recorded a maximum of 120 people at a sitting- in a space that can seat 250. She said by attending the sessions, the public can experience tangible changes in their lives since most people who come leave the experience feeling revived. She intends to run the program for the next five years free of charge and at some point will commercialise it and replicate it across Africa, charging at a subsidised cost- once she has living examples of its’ effectiveness.
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.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
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.
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.
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.