A healthier lifestyle is important to everyone, promoting a healthy living lifestyle is as imperative as saving one’s life. A visit to Health Generation, Botswana’s first and only, freshly prepared juice-smoothie-sandwich bar operating in Gaborone this week was more than deserving, and a life experience of a health conscious consumer.
There has been a shift in the eating habits of Batswana, with more people watching what they eat and becoming more knowledgeable with food production, nutrition and the like. Health Generation a 100% locally owned business, first opened in March 2014 in Airport Junction and a year later in Jack's Gym I-Towers, CBD being the country’s first fast food outlet to promote a healthy living lifestyle in an attractive and affordable way.
They primarily sells freshly squeezed beverages that have been juiced from locally procured fruits and vegetables, as a result, freshness is guaranteed.
To cater for a wider consumer base, other product compliments include salads, sandwiches, wraps, snacks, ice cream and hot beverages, all prepared in an open area for the consumer to see and promote transparency. Arriving at their Airport Junction Mall Shop 43A on Tuesday afternoon, there only sat one gentleman who appeared to be awaiting his order, it was a little bit quite and the two assistants behind the counter seemed to be occupied working on a particular menu while chatting.
My visit was actually to get the first hand information and explore their amazing menus prepared from vegetables and fruits which are harvested here in Botswana. To cater for a wider consumer base, other product compliments include salads, sandwiches, wraps, snacks, ice cream and hot beverages, all prepared in an open area for the consumer to see and promote transparency.
As the clock ticks towards the lunch hour, more and more customers started to show up, the majority being locals and a few whites. As I sat there having a conversation with one of the employees, browsing through the menu I ordered a Carrot Juice (Daily Detox).
The drink is made from carrot, pineapple, green apple and ginger. Orange in colour and thick looking, the taste is more carrot and some ginger chilli drowning the throat with a sour taste from the green apple and the smell of pineapple, this was arguably one of the best drinks I had in a long time. It does not only taste good but I was told it has the detoxifying capabilities thus good for one’s heath.
I was told the juices here have been developed with great tasting and are loaded with nutrients.
I was also served the Chicken Avocado Sandwich prepared form low GI bread which is low in calories. It was spread with avocado instead of our usual butter because avocado is low in fats. The lettuce was dressed with a homemade dressing with the inclusion of some herbs.
The combination after all was not a bad idea, actually one of the best sandwiches you will ever come across. What surprised me the most is the fact that all this menus are thought of and made inside the shop but this are complementing flavours which are multi- nutritional with a variety of health benefits.
At a reasonable prize I was told most of Batswana have appreciated the shop, which is why they found it befitting to open the second store. However they advise customers to complement the meals with exercising because the two are complementary.
With future plans already in motion for more locations in Botswana and South Africa, Health Generation invites the youth of Botswana to take up their franchising opportunities through a Youth Inclusive Plan for their nationwide branches.
They pointed out that they strive to nurture and mentor young entrepreneurs, making them believe in the opportunity of local business while growing the community as a whole. So they want the youth to get in touch with them and see how they can spread the health.
Before I left, I decided to order my last drink which is called Daily Protein Power, this was definitely my favourite drink. It looks more like a milkshake, very thick and more appealing to the eye. It is made from the combination of raspberries, strawberries as well as bananas and it is a very good energy booster because it contains proteins and anti- oxidant which prevents diseases.
Believe me, with a bite from the sandwich and the two juices I was more than full. This could save a lot of Batswana who prefer fast food outlets which sell junk food that leaves them chubby and overweight.
Health Generation have also partnered with Jack’s Gym as a strategic partner to encourage the idea of killing two birds with one stone. This is arguably one of the best innovations to have come from our local entrepreneurs and set to empower more Batswana both in business as well as creating job opportunities.
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.