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National Museum to host inaugural heritage marathon

Friends of the Museum, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in collaboration with Department of National Museum and Monuments will host for the first time the heritage Marathon. This is a community building annual project designed to provide heritage education, community participation and development through recreational and educational activities.

In its inaugural instalment, the Heritage Marathon will take place in the villages of Mmankgodi, Manyana and Mogonye. This year the activities consist of a heritage education workshop to be held on Wednesday 27th January 2016, as well as a 21km race (run, marathon relays, fun walk) which will both be held on Saturday 27 February 2016 followed by an official tour of the heritage sites in the area.

The marathon pays tribute to the rich culture and heritage by bringing in people from all walks of life, to celebrate togetherness and spread the message ‘preserve heritage for generation to come’. The marathon and related activities will expose participants to the various heritage sites that represent the rich cultural heritage.

In a media statement released by Friends of the Museum, the founder of the marathon Oefile Tladi says they are planning on making this event the leading cultural event in the country. He says sports can be used to attract tourists through events like this one. “We are not running to compete, the objective is to educate and engage the community and this does not stop here. We will be working with them as we go forward even after the marathon,” he said.

The marathon was founded with the mission to create awareness on conservation of heritage and culture in Botswana. It aims to promote unknown heritage sites, educate the public on the importance of the heritage structure in Botswana, create sufficient funds for conservation structures around Botswana and also diversify the micro economy in the process. The marathon and related activities are designed to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Botswana and encourage the nation to preserve these for current and future generations.

The heritage marathon tickets are two hundred and fifty pula (BW 250) and can be bought through all Web Tickets outlets. Ticket buyers will be able to participate in the 21 km race, relays and fun walk, as well as go for a guided tour to each of the Heritage Sites in the area. The heritage sites include David Livingston Memorial, Manyana Rock Paintings, Livingstone Tree and MmaMotshwane Gorge.

To ensure community participation, each village authority has been invited to organise additional recreational activities such as local traditional dance group performances, food stalls and craft markets.

The marathon will be held on yearly basis to link different heritage sites and to promote knowledge of such sites within the ambit of healthy recreation for individuals and families. The combination of all the project activities will encourage patriotism and celebration of Botswana’s heritage in a manner that will enable local tourism development and trade.

The event is supported by Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture (MYSC), Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Local Enterprise Authority (LEA).

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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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