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Millions of Pula for Miss Botswana


The country’s beauty pageantry has finally gotten a lifeline. Following years of controversy and sometimes being fallow, the most prestigious crown in the land has been resurrected as Botswana’s private sector emerges from the woods to sponsoring the Miss Botswana 2015 pageant with a coterie of first-rate sponsorships and prizes.


The 49th edition of the national beauty pageant which commences with auditions today, 25th July 2015 at Adansonia Hotel in Francistown organised by the Botswana Council for Women (BCW) which is also the rights holder of the pageant has welcomed multi-million pula investments by the country’s corporate sector.


The pageant is looking for beauties 1.67m aged 18-25 years with an audition fee of P300.


Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has jumped in the beauty pageantry bandwagon by thus far pledging a nine figure digit sum of over four million pula in plane tickets and scholarships in its Malaysian Kuala Lumpur campus.

The Miss Botswana Queen to be crowned on September 25th will strap a 100% scholarship of a full degree programme  under her belt to the tune of P588  503.47 while the entire sponsorship for the Miss Botswana queen for five years will stop shy of hitting the three million pula mark stopping at P 2 942 517.35.


Miss Botswana’s 1st and 2nd princesses will also be extended full degree programmes in the Botswana campus worth P151 980.00 collectively coming to a grand worth of P1 151 980.00 for a five year period.


The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture also put its head on the block to assist the BCW with the venue and production related costs for both the fashion show and Miss Botswana gala dinner, tickets to the Miss World pageant for the queen as well as her wardrobe and also footing the designer production costs.


Liberty Life CEO Mrs Lulu Rasebotsa also dangled a P100 000 cash prize and an elite platinum life cover worth P1.5 Million for five years to the Miss Botswana queen hopefuls, followed by a  P50 000 sum plus a million pula life cover valid for five years for a 1st queen as well a P25 000 cold hard cash sum  accompanied by a simple life cover worth P500 000 valid for five years while Apex properties representative Umesh Lorna extended a 12 month free stay in an upmarket property to the ultimate Miss Botswana winner.


The 2015 edition of the pageant is aiming at three main interests being job creation through the promotion of modelling and the textile industry by giving young designers an opportunity to showcase their designs during the Miss Botswana pageant and its fashion show, the empowerment of the girl child through education and aligning the 2015 pageant to the BCW’s mission statement of providing women with skills, knowledge and motivation to enable them to participate fully in the process of social and economic development as well as building towards the 50 years of existence.


 The 2015 pageant will also see a judgement combination where 40% of the judgement will comprise of public votes adding to the total judging process. The public involvement will also extend to the selection of 10 designers to dress the Miss Botswana contestants at the fashion show and gala dinner whilst Miss Botswana will also reciprocate the supporting efforts of the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture by reserving three spaces for the winners of the president day fashion designers awards while the remaining seven will be voted in by the public.


The pageant has been previously shrouded in controversy with sudden shifts in organising rights from Bissau Gaorekwe back to the license right holders, the Botswana Council of Women (BCW). The change in management was hoped would bring a fresh start a ray of new hope to the pageant, but this was not to be as more confusion and disorganisation was seen in after the 2011 Miss Botswana.


The Miss Botswana title was not staged in 2012, and the first runner up from 2011, Tapiwa Preston was crowned as Miss Botswana without a pageant being held. In 2013 BCW awarded a three year contract to Sweet Baint to organise and stage the pageant, the organisers pulled out after only organising the 2013 title, with the matter ultimately ending up in the courts. With the Sweet Baint contract terminated, the country had no pageant in 2014, yet again.

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022
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A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.

The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.

“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.

The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.

She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.

“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”

They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.

July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.

“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022
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The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.

The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.

He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.

The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.

The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022
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The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.

The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.

Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others.  “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.

“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.

“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.

“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.

“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.

The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.

”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.

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