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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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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.

HAN C

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.

KOKETSO MOTSWAGOLE

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.

KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK

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.

GAONA DINTWE

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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DITIRO LEERO ONE MAN SHOW ON THE PIPELINE

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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MISS BOTSWANA HAVING MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE

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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