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Tiger Kloof to honour Builders of Botswana

Former President Masire, icons Archie Mogwe, Dr Chiepe (pictured) in attendance  

Later this year there will be a day of celebration and nostalgia at Tiger Kloof, the historic school in South Africa's North West Province, which once educated so many of the great nation builders of this republic.

Tiger Kloof school was opened in 1904 by the London Missionary Society, but after the passing of the Bantu Education Act in 1953 the missionaries withdrew and the school was eventually abandoned in 1962.

It reopened in 1995 and the major buildings have been gradually restored. On October 16th the Institution opens the newly restored Old Tigers' Hall, which was once the girls' dining hall. It had been derelict for 52 years until last year, when a grant from the Anglo American Chairman's Fund enabled the wonderful old building to be transformed into a fabulous multi-purpose facility.

It is to be dedicated to the Old Tigers who were so instrumental in the founding of this country and who played leading roles in the struggle in South Africa. Their pictures will adorn the walls to enable the current Tigers to gain an appreciation of their proud history.

Guests of honour at the occasion will include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose mother was a girl at the school. He will be dedicating a room in her name. Former president of Botswana Sir Quett Masire will be present, along with fellow icons of Botswana Archie Mogwe and Dr Gaositwe Chiepe.

In order to raise awareness for the event and to celebrate Tiger Kloof's historic association with Botswana, the Director of the Institution, Mark Boobbyer, is planning to walk from Botswana to Tiger Kloof at the beginning of October, a distance of about 200 kms. The group will include current students at the school who come from Botswana. “We are very proud of our links with Botswana and the walk is to draw attention to that relationship.

“On October 16th we will be reminded once again of the wonderful legacy that was left by Tiger Kloof and the extraordinary generation of its former students who went on to be world statesmen of great stature and personal integrity. We are so proud that their foundations, and thus the foundations of Botswana, were laid at Tiger Kloof”, said Boobbyer.

All old Tigers are invited to come on the day and it is hoped that there will be a large turnout of former students from before 1962, as well as those who have attended the Institution since it reopened in 1995.

Any old Tigers who would like information about the event and how to obtain tickets are asked to either contact Louise Fouche on (0027 82 7716174) or Phillimon Magwape on (071 304163).

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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