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1000 girls to get free sanitary pads for a year

The Pearls Annual Dinner this year will not only be about women dressing up, dining and celebrating femininity, events Manager, Roseline Panzirah says that, for their third dinner, the women have taken it a notch higher as the event will be more about restoring dignity for underprivileged girls.

The event, which was founded 3 years ago by Gina Goni, according to Panzirah was for women to have networking space with each other “and just be women”. But this year, the members will do more than just network as they will give out 1000 sanitary pads to underprivileged girls. Usually, the event encourages women, from various backgrounds, including business, politics, and academics to come together for the one night to enjoy their femininity without worrying about it compromising their profession or position at work or in society.

“Women are hardly allowed to just succeed in their fields just being women, society has certain expectations of them; they have to lace up the position with some form of masculinity;either in the way they dress, talk or carry themselves. A woman who just prefers to be dolled up and look pretty at work or anywhere (position of power) is not as much respected,” she told Weekend Life.

At the annual dinner which will be held on December 3 at Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, various speakers will address attendants, including Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for Mahalapye East, Botlogile Tshireletso, who will be keynote speaker for the night. Another notable who will be present at the dinner is South African Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Thoba Karla-Halla. There will also be a specialist presentation on women rights under the topic “Gender in the Workplace” as well as a presentation by a gynaecologist.

According to Panzirah, the society is already in talks with social workers to help them identify families who have girls who might need the sanitary pads. The intention is for every one of the 1000 identified girls to get supply for up to one year.

“Condoms are free, and sex is a choice but sanitary pads have to be bought although menstrual periods are not a choice,” she asserted.

“A lot of young girls miss out on their lives because they do not have sanitary pads. A girl will just sit there and not participate in anything because they are having their period but don’t have pads, they will fear even getting up from where they are seated. Some even miss school.”

Earlier this year, the UK announced that there would be no VAT on sanitary products, some countries like the US have moved to provide free tampons and pads in schools, something Panzirah hopes will be the case for Botswana one day.

“We have women like boMma Tshireletso in our corner, we hope that with time the country will get to make such decisions that affect girls and women’s lives in a huge way. One step at a time,” she said.

According to her, from now on, annually the Pearls Ladies Convention will aim at providing identified girls with the sanitary pads that will last them one year and are targeting the whole of Botswana. “While we are working with social workers nationwide, we also call forward anyone who is aware of such a family or girls who may need the assistance,” she said.

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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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