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Form Arts Council – Minister tells artists

The Minister of Youth, Arts, and Culture Thapelo Olopeng challenged local artists to form a regulatory body in order for them to access funding and also to address challenges faced by the sector.

Speaking during a consultative meeting held at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology on Tuesday this past week, the Minister said that his ministry is committed to availing funds to the sector as long as they speak as one voice. He added that currently the industry is disjointed by the mushrooming of many associations that fail to address its challenges. The ministry is given a P11 million budget every year to fund the performing arts but it becomes more difficult if they are not united, the minister told them.

He also advised that the same association can even address their problems come up between them and promoters who continue to default on payments after booking them for performances.

The minister further said the mandate of his ministry was to protect artists and their interests and this, according to him could be achieved if dealings are done in a more transparent manner.  He assured attendees that his ministry wants to protect artists so that they grow to become independent as the sector has proved to be lucrative for tourism and subsequently contributing to the economy.

Olopeng further revealed to the artists that he is currently working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to review the liquor regulations, to increase the trading hours to 2 pm in the morning on weekends. According to the regulations act which was revised in 2008 bars opens at 2.00 to 10.00 pm from Monday and to Thursdays. On Friday and Saturdays, the bars open 12.000 until 11.00 pm unlike in the past where bars closed at midnight during the weekends and night clubs opened until the wee hours.

According to the same regulations, festivals could only operate from 2.00 pm to midnight from Monday to Saturday with an opportunity for an extension to 2 am if the permit allows.

Olopeng further revealed that his ministry had taken a bold decision not to fund any event that will comprise of 80% of foreign artists, while reserving 20% for the locals. He slammed the idea used by local promoters claiming that only foreign artists are crowd pullers.

“My ministry will not finance and assist anyone who brings about 90% of foreign artists and claim they are crowd pullers. We have such artist here locally who are crowd pullers,” he asserted.

Alluding to the formation of the formation of BTV 2, the Minister said the channel which will be an international channel would start running in a month or two. He urged the artists to seize the opportunity and submit their material for airing. He also said that his ministry is also considering the formation of a newspaper, and a radio station that will serve the interests of the youth.

At the same meeting, the artists agreed on cordial working relations and mutual understanding with the ministry. However, the artists who attended the meetings in numbers also took advantage of the opportunity to air more of their grievances. One of the issues that took centre stage was the difference paid to international acts when they perform locally compared to what they term “Peanuts” which they continue to receive. They complained that the margin is too high and most cases they are not paid those “peanuts” at all. The minister promised to look into the matter and advised them to resolve the issue amicably.

Other issues raised included local radio stations continuing to play international music at the expense of local music as well as the low percentage of royalties paid by Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS). The artists further decried lack of office spaces and pleaded with the minister to allow them to use some offices that are not occupied. The minister promised that he is working on something that might get them office space and promised them to summon all local radio stations to play local music without interfering with their affairs.

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Vee Mampeezy wants to marry again!

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In May 2014, controversial pint sized musician, Odirile Sento married his longtime girlfriend, Kagiso Sento in a glamorous wedding, not knowing that eight years later, the two will be fighting until the very end of their holy union.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

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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