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.
Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.
In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.
We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.
She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).
The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.
The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.
Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.
As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.
The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame
Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.
While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.
The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta. For more information, visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8
There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.
Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.
The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.
Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.
In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha. The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…
Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation
“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.
He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event. The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.
This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events. Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.
The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized
Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.
He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.
In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud. When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.