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Annual Gantsi Meat Fest promotes farming as a profession

For a long time Gantsi has been regarded as the meat hub of Botswana, hence hosting the Gantsi Meat Fest lies solemnly on this unique activity that has its social historic event originating in the western region of Botswana. The event’s objective, organisers say, is to promote Gantsi meat, promote farming as a profession and brand the area as the meat hub of Botswana.

The fest is an expression of a colourful culture that encapsulates meat, music, cultural activities, costumes and performances.

While meat festivals are celebrated in various styles, with slightly different names and themes throughout the country, Gantsi Meat Fest is a mouth-watering meaty event in its 4th year that presents a unique factor in the fabric of our society. It preserves and strengthens the Gantsi diverse culture and makes a positive contribution to economic development.

Gantsi is the gate way to Namibia through the Trans Kalahari Highway and tourists on their way to Maun should be able to identify with Gantsi as the best of meat in Botswana, according to the organisers.  Farmers are calling on stakeholders to build a meat processing plant and owners should see the potential of opening business in the area and the hospitality industry should prefer the fresh meat from the region.

The meat industry as seen and experienced in Texas, USA gives the State an edge above other states; as such the same can apply to Gantsi in Botswana. This year marks the 50th Independence anniversary of Botswana, this milestone deserves a big celebration hence the 4th annual Gantsi Meat Fest which shall go for three days with revellers putting on Botswana colours. The festival will start with the crowning of Miss Gantsi Meat 2016 on 30th September, followed by Badisa Competition on the 1st October and then the music festival on the same day until the wee hours of October 2nd. It will wrap up on Sunday with a mellow tip dubbed Jazzy Meat.

The Miss Gantsi Meat 2016 beauty pageant brings a unique aspect of appreciating the big boned ladies of our nation. On its 2nd year, the pageant entrants will cat walk on the ramp with traditional wear (Leteisi), sporty wear and evening gowns. The Queen will then become ambassador for Gantsi meat. She will during her reign, drive the measles campaign as part of the CSR and promote government farming initiatives such as ISPAAD and LIMID.

With the Badisa Competition, which will run from 9 am till 12 pm, participants will be in groups and show off their farming skills. Groups will compete in animal skinning (go buwa), dislocation of joints (go lokolola) and scrubbing of hooves (go karapa ditlhako). The winners will get trophies and medals. The competition intends to promote Badisa’s activities at the farm with the intention of registering them as a sporting code.

Revellers will get a welcoming braai pack upon arrival with braai stands lined up ready for use at the main event. The artist line up is dominated by local acts. For the main course, the revellers get to enjoy different recipes of game. These are red wildebeest, Kudu, Gemsbok, Warthog, Impala, Springbok and Eland. Each species will be made into Seswaa (pounded meat), fried meat and stew. Also in the menu is beef, mutton, goat meat, pork and donkey dishes.

For the mellow jazzy Sunday, revellers will get to enjoy masuhu, ditlhogo and ditlhako. The session will kick-start at 11 am till 10 pm. It is a relaxed and camp chair affair with DJ’s playing slow jams the whole day. The event is celebrated under the theme; Go tlhaloganya diphologolo botoka le go nna le seabe mo go di sireletseng, literally meaning(understanding animals better and taking part in their protection). The information booklet dubbed ‘pasa ya go ja nama’ or passport to eat meat replaces the conventional tickets. This is an educational booklet with information on animals on the menu, line up of activities, feasting times, and advertising space for sponsors. The idea is to spread the conservation message while having fun.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

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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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