Mastermind of online campaign, #DrugsMustFall has adopted a rather unorthodox manner of driving his message. Bissau Gaobakwe is living lavishly and is seemingly on a limitless shopping spree he chooses to post online in the suburbs of Sandton, South Africa.
He recently joked in one of his Facebook posts that the folks at Versace had given him an Indian Makay as they had never made so much money off one person. The flamboyant Gaobakwe, who is the son of late business guru Uncle Parks, ruffled a few feathers earlier this year when he went public about his anti-drugs campaign.
For some time, Gaobakwe went quiet on social media and did not check into his regular hang out spots, raising speculation that the prominent rich kid might have gone broke. It soon became apparent that the trouble child was only keeping a low profile and was trying to evade the scandals that trailed him overtime.
The beginning of this year saw the resurrection of ‘Biscat’ as he is popularly known as a re-born man in a mission to fight the evil that was eating away the core of the country – drugs. A picture of him with Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, and later a social media spat with the Minister’s wife was the genesis of his (Biscat) comeback.
Now, the #Drugs Must Fall is accompanied by his many expensive shopping trips. When he started the campaign, a lot of controversy surrounded it, as many were arguing that he was only fronting and belonged to the same circle of people he was now trying to ‘fight’. Now the questions have shifted to his ‘marketing gimmick’ where his flossing is accompanied by #DrugsMustFall.
Bissau has however always defended his position with regards to drugs. Just last week, he was at the centre of trouble again when he was allegedly caught in a mistaken identity case. Reports allege that he was shot at when some thugs had mistaken him for a drug dealer. However, in his defence, he said that the reason he was targeted was because of his campaign to fight drug use and peddling.
He wrote on his Facebook Timeline: “Some of my weak N**** ask me why I'm committed to this fight against drugs. I told them that it has to be done. I work for God, love life and light. I'm like your white blood cells. Always grinding, fighting death and darkness. The same way you never say thank you to your white blood cells for preventing your death is the same way it don't bother me when our efforts to fight for life are not appreciated. Either way l get the job done for God and his children. There are two types of living species those that work for life like white blood cells and oxygen and those that work for death like cancer and carbon monoxide”.
He has also taken to Facebook over the past months to ridicule political leaders who he says are focused on power and struggle issues and not the real issues on the ground. “When I come back I am going select the members of our next government based on their expertise regardless of political party. Government can't solve income problems because they are not businessmen. What do they know about creating employment or entrepreneurs? They can't deal with the drug problems, what do they know about the streets and type of drugs their kids are taking? They don't know the difference between coke, cat, rock, weed and meth, Hereon etc. They are clueless”, he reiterated.
Speaking from his Sandton hotel, Biscat said South Africans have been infiltrated by Nigerians who are killing the youth with drugs and converting addicted young females into prostitutes. All the violent crimes are done by addicts looking for money for a quick fix. This according to him is what happens when you turn a blind eye to growing problems destined to hurt your own family. He said the idea is stop this behaviour before it hits our country.
“What are you doing about the drug problem in your country? Are you contributing to the problem by selling or using or are helping to fight the problem or are you turning a blind eye while you criticize those who are fighting drugs off our communities. Seriously #drugsmustfall. Do you work for life or death…. do you try and help God or the do you work with the devil,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, WeekendLife has established that drug addiction and associated problems are gaining momentum in Gaborone. An eyewitness whose name has been withheld shared her experiences at one of the upmarket suburbs in Gaborone. According to her, she recently helped a friend ferry an 18 year old form 5 school girl from a house where they had found a lot of other young girls with ‘rich old men’. The source described the situation in the house as bizarre with the girls seemingly high on drugs and the ‘old men using them’.
“You can imagine the situation, it was very sad. This is all in the exchange of ‘lines’ to help them because they can’t afford it themselves,” she said. The men are described as old and very rich men with families, driving very expensive cars. The owner of the house allows them free rooms to sexually abuse these school girls. The house, she said, was filled with Zombie like people of all ages and with smoke all over as some teenage girls walked about butt naked and some having oral sessions.
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.
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.
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.