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Kuru Dance Festival celebrates 20 years

This year the annual Kuru Dance Festival will be celebrating 20 years, having started back in 1997, and to top that off Barclays Bank this week unveiled a P 300 000 sponsorship to Kuru Development Trust, the architect behind the annual full moon event that will be held on Saturday, 4 August 2017, at Dqae Qare Lodge in D’Kar.


Barclays Bank of Botswana Managing Director, Reinette van der Merwe, officially handed over a P300, 000 contributions to the Kuru Development Trust members earlier this week on Monday, (10 July). As part of the Shared Growth strategy, Barclays Bank of Botswana is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of Botswana’s arts and culture. This is the third consecutive year Barclays Bank has been sponsoring the Kuru Dance Festival.


The Kuru Dance Festival will be taking place from 4- 5 August 2017 with the main event taking place Saturday, 4 August 2017 at Dqae Qare Lodge in D’Kar, which is approximately 20 km from Ghanzi. The festival marks and seeks to commemorate the full moon, which is significant in the culture of the San, believing that during this period they are able to heal the sick through the power they receive from song and dance.


While officiating at the event the Barclays Bank of Botswana MD, van der Merwe told the media that it continues to be a great pleasure to partner with Kuru Development Trust for this initiative. She said the annual celebration has evidently become a renowned one in the Botswana calendar, and has continued to draw the attention of local and international crowds. The Festival is significant because it draws on the participation of communities from a variety of ethnic groups in Botswana culture and attracts business to the Dqae and wider Ghanzi area.


In 2016, the festival was officially included in the National Event Calendar, indicating its increasing popularity and renowned standing. This year, the Kuru Dance Festival has enriched the diversity of its artist line- up to include 12 San Traditional dance groups, 5 non- San Dance groups and 3 International guest groups. The 2017 festival will also exhibit stalls for cultural products, including Veld fruits, craft work and more. The international artists are reported to be San and a Zulu group from South Africa as well as another San group from Namibia. About 1500 people are expected to attend the event this year at D’ Kar.


“Our sponsorship of the Festival aligns perfectly with our strategic ambition to foster growth as a business and in communities. We support the conservation of our dynamic heritage, as it encourages community trade and can ultimately drive development. We look forward to engaging our stakeholders in the beautiful and historic Ghanzi district during the coming festival,” van der Merwe concluded.


For his part the Kuru Development Trust Chairperson Aron Johannes said, so far, they are happy with the relationship they have with Barclays Bank of Botswana. He said the main aim of the event is to preserve culture and therefore are calling for adults to come in numbers to teach youngsters their culture. He said there is a special dispensation for the D’Kar local community to attend the event at half price to encourage local participation.

He also took the opportunity to thank Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development as well as their Patron Ponatshego Kedikilwe who he said has been playing a pivotal role in the organisation of the annual event.


Barclays Africa Group Limited (“Barclays Africa” or “the Group”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest financial services groups.  Barclays Africa is 23.4% owned by Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays PLC”).
Barclays Africa is a fully local, fully regional world-class bank, offering personal and business banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance. The Group operates in 12 countries with approximately 40 thousand employees, serving close to 12 million customers.

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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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