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Orange Letlhafula to celebrate Botswana 50

This year’s instalment of the Orange Letlhafula will be different from the past ones as it brings in the aspect of technology and its relevance in preserving culture, Orange’s Mosarwa Molema has said.

According to Molema, older generations need to understand that technology isn’t necessarily a bad thing and have to appreciate the role it plays in preserving culture.

The festival’s theme this year is “Tshomarelo Ngwao Go Ya Dikokomaneng.’’

“Bridging the gap between the past and now is important to Orange, and we believe that from selfies looking up culture on social media is part of it all.’’

He further revealed that this year’s festival is bound to be bigger, what with the country celebrating its 50th anniversary as well as Orange having just celebrated its 18th anniversary operating in Botswana and the rebranding.

Molema encouraged urbanites to come out and indulge during the day as it will not only be about the fun but also about rejuvenating cultural pride in everyone.

Sibongile Macala of Botswana Craft said that this year, Botswana Craft has aligned the event with the country’s 50th anniversary celebrations. She said that attendees should expect 50 plus artists performing, 50 plus dishes and beverages, adding that they should expect to be “enveloped in culture”.

Macala said that first timers should brace as the festival promises “something new” for them. She said that people should participate in the day and be there for their culture as “your foundation is who you are”.

Furthermore, Macala said Lebo Merafhe’s collection will be one to look out for at the festival as her designs “inspire a new love for leteisi”.

In an interview with Weekend Life on Thursday, Merafhe revealed that her new Lebo Merafhe line was all about Africanism but she smoothed away from traditional print to using monochrome colours. She will showcase the 5 pieces at the festival but will do a bigger launch later this year in August as she is also rebranding. Previously she was Bi-Mondering.

According to her, the designs feature plain solid colours with the use of a little leteisi. The designs target women of ages 26 to 30, but offer comfort and versatility such that even an 80 year old could wear them, Merafhe asserted.

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Creatives taking over 2023

26th September 2023

Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.

They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.

This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.


Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.

The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.

However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.


This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.

His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.

KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.

If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.


Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.

This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.


After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.

Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.






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26th September 2023

Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.

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26th September 2023

With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.

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