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Orange digital projects strives to change lives

Orange foundation has launched the 2017 digital projects that aim to change lives across the continent in all the countries they are operating. The two projects target the education sector as well as less privileged women in the society.    

According to a statement from Orange Botswana, Digital Education is a major area of support of the Orange Foundation in Botswana and abroad. The project started in 2014 and Orange Botswana is calling for applications of the 2017 projects to be submitted, they should be aligned to the Digital Education theme.

Boga Chilinde-Masebu, Orange Botswana PR and Foundation Manager, says the Orange Call for Digital Schools project is a Group initiative with the objective to provide free educational content in digital format for primary and secondary students in Africa. Chilinde-Masebu said their aim is to help schools as far as Kachikau to submit, adding that they will guide them through the process for them to stand a better chance.

“The program has already been rolled-out in 12 countries by the Orange Foundations and affiliates – France, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Niger, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Guinea, Egypt and Jordan – covering 500 schools, benefiting more than 130,000 children.  With the right submissions, we are hoping to add Botswana to the beneficiaries list,” she said.

Primarily, the project offers the schools a digital kit that includes a mini server of educational content connected to tablets that the children use for instant access to hundreds of items of essential content and books from the school curriculum. The program is delivered in partnership with the education ministries of each country who are instrumental in identifying the most appropriate school text books for their pupils, which is then uploaded into the kit.

This year, the call for projects focuses on extending this program to new schools, as in previous years, and also on improving the program in already opened schools. These proposals for improvement will focus on four topics: the replacement of defective equipment, the training of teachers and students in the use of the digital kit and its content, the enrichment of the local offer of content for the digital kit and the electrification of schools.

Orange has also launched the 2017 call for projects to support the establishment of Women’s Digital Centres. The Women’s Digital Centres are designed to offer support to NGOs who fight for women’s empowerment through professional integration and economic independence.

The digital centres are designed to offer basic modules based on the specific needs of women supported by digital tools. The modules also aim to promote women’s digital inclusion by making them familiar with digital devices and basic software. The program is targeted at women in disadvantaged situations who normally have limited access to educational opportunities.

The program will be implemented in rural and urban environments. The Centres will receive computers, tablets, video projectors, printers and USB keys for each woman to save their daily work (1 per woman). This call for projects is only open to countries where the Orange group is present. The Projects can be posted before February 28th, 2017 by visiting the Orange Foundation website.

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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