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Madi Majwana returns

Simply titled Madi Majwana; Stories from Your Pocket, the long running radio drama is back with season three and has started airing on radio this week, on the 13th February 2017.


It plays on Mondays at 6: 50 am on Yarona FM, Wednesdays at 1: 40 pm on Gabz FM, Thursdays at 4: 35 pm on RB 2 and Fridays at 6: 30 pm on Duma FM. This exciting season will be launched on the 22nd February 2017 in Gaborone and will be officiated by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology Honourable, Dr Alfred Madigele in the presence of Barclays Bank senior management, staff customers and partners; senior government officials; members of the business community; young people from different institutions and artists.


Madi Majwana is a theatre production that tells stories of ordinary people and their struggles with money. The series explores many issues on money that people sometimes fail to understand yet never ask detailed questions. In a way it prompts introspection from audiences and dialogue about different societal realities. It encourages people to reflect on their own prejudices which adversely affect social cohesion and has grown to become a vehicle for social commentary.


The first series was undoubtedly a trailblazing success, but season two which was launched last year had exciting additional features that ensured its long term success and sustainability.  The production featured ikalanga scenes which made it more accessible to communities in Kalanga speaking areas. A second exciting development was that the production team and crew attended a financial literacy workshop and received coaching so that they become aware of the critical issues of money management and have a voice in the discussions that take place.


According to this week’s statement from Maitisong, Season 3 offers a fresh perspective on the economic outlook. It reveals the hard-hitting realities of those directly affected by job losses in large industries. It further explores some of the topics discussed in Seasons 1 and 2 and introduces other pertinent issues that continue to plague the society. Characters from diverse backgrounds tell their stories as they strive to make a living. Their stories reflect the black, white and grey areas of real life monetary habits, successes and failures.


The return of Madi Majwana: Stories from Your Pocket demonstrates Barclays Bank’s commitment to leave a lasting legacy in Botswana. Over the past four years, Barclays Bank has invested P3, 589, 400 to the success of this project, including a commitment of P1, 200, 000 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Pula only) this year. This is a significant contribution towards improving society’s financial management, ensuring that they make informed decisions. To date, Madi Majwana: Stories from Your Pocket has reached close to one million people nation-wide.


“The partnership between Barclays Bank and Maitisong is a significant illustration of how a responsible financial institution, that cares about the community within which it operates, could utilise the creative industry as tool for social and economic emancipation. It affirms the arts’ potential to contribute towards employment creation and empowerment,” expressed the statement.


Maitisong further explained that since its implementation, the project has engaged over 150 young people, providing them with income and knowledge to manage it. One of the highlights of the programme has been training 35 young people as Debt Counsellors. They are currently pursuing opportunities for them to receive accreditation they can use to help financial institutions with debt counselling services.


“The economic benefits of Madi Majwana cannot be over-emphasised. It engages youth as voice artists, actors, scriptwriters, production team members, and monitoring and evaluation assistants. The project provides income to four commercial radio stations, enabling them to sustain jobs,” the statement further reads.


The season’s nationwide tour will run from the 23rd February to the 5th March 2017. It will visit major towns and cities including Gaborone, Jwaneng, Ghanzi, Maun and their surrounding areas. Performances will be in public assemblies (di Kgotla), malls, schools, community halls, bus ranks and other common spaces and therefore members of the public are invited to register to attend the launch by sending their full names and surnames to secretary@maitisong.org.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste  .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.

The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.

Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.

With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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