The just ended artists workshop organised by the magic creators at Events Lab saw many international presenters pointing fingers at the government for failing to invest and empower local artists, thus coming up with many resolutions that are premeditated to make grounds for artists to benefit from their talents and possibilities to unlock the markets.
The workshop, graced by some of South Africa’s top brass creative industry expects who presented on various topics that concern the industry called for development in the creative industry. The workshop was aimed at sharing ideas, resolving issues of the industry, royalties’ collection and management and copyright issues.
Jonathan Shaw a University of Wits lecturer who has written comprehensive papers on the South African music industry and also served as a government advisor says he observed that Botswana has no recording facilities to boast off, as most are sub standard.
Jonathan advised that government should invest in studios where artist can record their music and for the betterment of preserving it. He also advised the government to engage with artists when they outsource events, a move which will see artist benefit from providing the event services. In the South African music industry, Kwa-Zulu Natal alone directly employs more than three hundred thousand people, this is according to a study he authored that compared regions in South Africa.
Another speaker, Sphembele from the KZN music Imbizo which is an annual international conference with more than two thousand artists in attendance took the opportunity to invite local artists to attend the conference next year and perform at the talent show, an opportunity to elevate their careers. Some of the South Africans who are the result of the Imbizo are rapper Reason, Zakes Bantwini and L’vovo to just mention but a few. He also extended the invite to their Namibian counterparts who also graced the occasion.
From the Association of Independent Record Companies in South Africa, Dodo Munamodi presented on how artists can distribute their music and unlock the markets. He said the problem with local artists is that they are only known in Botswana, they have not made impact outside the boarders.
He made an example of Machesa Traditional group who are well known in South Africa but have failed to dominate and make use of the opportunities. He said the reason why Southern Africa seems to be failing is because they have given East Africa the platform to dominate thus killing the show and exposure.
The association is also lobbying for the South African Commission and they are already going around Southern Africa to mobilise artists. They are also looking forward to staging the Southern African Awards and they have already talked to various funders from Namibia.
The event organiser Seabelo Modibe of Events Lab says the four days workshop which was attended by an average of one hundred and fifty people per day was a success. The attendees included among others music promoters, producers and artists themselves. It was officially opened by Minister Malesu and it is going to be an annual event.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.