The Molapo Stanbic Bank Piazza will host its first ever theatre show from the 13th through 16th February, and what better way than to premiere with Cattle Drive, an epic play about two half brothers who undertake the delivery of cattle through the bush of Botswana; from Ghanzi to Lobatse.
Cattle Drive is an important piece of Botswana’s historical journey-though seldom told. The story is set in the 1960s when cattle were driven to abattoirs on foot and a series of fire side stories and songs feature greatly in the play. Cattle ranching is the country’s third largest revenue earner, and its high quality, free-roaming beef is primarily exported to the United Kingdom and the European Union.
In an interview, owner of Molapo Crossing, Luc Vandecasteele, said for the past 2 years, the Piazza had been functioning mainly by hosting events organised by outside promoters, but this year he has decided to be more proactive and not wait for outside promoters to bring events.
“I had the fortune to meet the people from Rose Bank theatre while in Cape Town, they are a small group and have a link with Gaborone already as they were involved in the setting up the No.1 Ladies opera House together with David Slater, and one of the actors is actually Motswana who studied in Cape Town,” Vandecasteele told WeekendLife.
He said that the story is moving and it will be great if the youth can come see the play. The thespians, according to him, will be in the country for 5 days, and he is currently trying to arrange with schools through government so that the group can do a free performance for them.
“Theatre is not a new medium per se, but for Gaborone is a new thing. We hardly ever have theatre locally, save for the ones at Maitisong. I am hoping we can change that and host theatre on a monthly basis. This group has already agreed that they will come every two months. I am hoping to have similar contacts with local groups for the same,” he asserted.
Vandecasteele also revealed that they will next host Moratiwa, a musical produced by Jazz maestro, Socca Moruakgomo. His interest in theatre, he said, stems from his wish that creativity could be encouraged in Botswana from as early as primary school. He views the Arts (visual, performing) as a way of encouraging creativity among people and thinks that should they (the arts) be given a platform to flourish, they could go a long way in instilling creativity in kids from an early age.
He said he was hopeful that they can attract as many theatre lovers for the show as possible. “Theatre has not been that viable in Gaborone, but I am trying to prove that it is doable,” he said.
The event is partly sponsored by Air Botswana. So far, he said, he has had confirmation from Embassies who have purchased tickets for their staff as well to attend. The Ambassadors of the United States, Germany, South Africa and Japan are among those that will be attending.
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
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.
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.