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Sheilah, Goitse plot future

Goitse planning on dance documentary and Sheilah to partner with Macky2 in album

Big Brother Africa season 9 themed “Hotshots” has come to an end after 63 days of competition. Thirteen African countries had sent two representatives each. Botswana was represented by two young ladies, Goitseone “Goitse” Kgaswane (23) and Sheillah Molelekwa (21).


After being evicted five days before the finale, Botswana’s representatives were welcomed home on Monday 8th December from South Africa. Both Sheillah and Goitse spent 53 days in the Big Bother house according to Basadi Masimolole, a representative from MultiChoice Botswana.


With this year’s competition themed Hotshots, the motive behind was to explore the different talents that African youth have, basically in performing arts.  Goitseone is a theatre graduate, a writer and a dancer. “I am in love with performing arts as a whole.  I auditioned for this year’s competition because she wanted Africa to recognise her abilities as a young person,” she said.


21 year old Sheillah says she auditioned for the Big Brother competition this year because she wanted to represent the 21 year olds. “I am an outspoken young lady who is currently a recording artist, actress and a singer.” She says she is a brand ambassador who did not only represent herself but also her country. “I went there to represent myself as well as my country and sell it better with the way I dress, speak and my speech.”


Asked on what she has learnt during her stay in the Big Brother house, Sheillah shares that she took “biggy’s” house as her own home. “I did not change anything about myself, the only thing that was different about biggy’s house is that there are camera’s everywhere but the lesson that I’m bringing home with me is that although we compete against each other, we should not forget where we come from and our principles and finally I learnt to be happy in any situation.”


For her part, Goitse says she is privileged to have competed for the USD 300 000 although she did not get it. “I took advantage of the platform and Big Brother has taught me to be careful with who to trust.” The Mahalapye born performer says that it was in the house that she met other contestants that had the same dreams as hers and they are willing to work with her to achieve her dream of having a dance documentary.


As for Sheillah, she says she is scheduled to work with Macky2 who was also a competitor from Zambia and another artist, M.I. She might also explore the acting industry in South Africa and Nigeria. “This does not mean I want to leave my country, remember I said I am a brand ambassador, so I can never leave Botswana, in fact I will be working with people from outside to bring something into my country,” She concludes.


With each and every single year of the competition housemates seem to find themselves love partners. Goitse found herself in a love triangle that involved Idris and Ellah. Even though Idris fell for Ellah, he confessed that he loved Goitse instead. “I liked Idris a lot. He is a loving person,” she says.  


Sheillah on the other hand says what she had with the South African representative was complicated and they decided to be friends. “It is complicated between me and Nhlanhla, we love each other but we cannot put feelings before principles. We agreed not to embarrass ourselves and our nations, killing our brands, so we are taking things slowly.”


Asked about her character in the house and the way she behaved, Sheillah said she behaved in certain ways at some times because she wanted to keep Africa glued to their screens, “I wanted to add value to the show, creating a little bit of drama.” She encouraged people to not always believe what they see in the media.


While the two ladies did not win the ultimate prize money, they learnt something. “I did not win the money but I achieved at all cost, my plan B,” Sheillah says.


The prize money was won by Tanzania’s Idris Sultan. He emerged from the Big Bother Hotshots at the end of Sunday night’s thrilling 2-hour show with USD300 000 in the bank. He picked up an avalanche of viewers votes from the continent after 63 days of fun, drama and intrigue to become the hottest of the Hotshots in the 9th season of the continent’s most epic reality show.


Idris was competing with 25 other housemates including our very own Sheillah and Goitse. They went through 9weeks of extravaganzas, weekly tasks, ‘freeze’ challenges and even an epic prank in true Big Brother style. After his announcement as the winner of season 9, Idris told IK he was feeling exhausted after the “long ride.”

“Big love to everyone in Africa, I have so much love out there, I’m going to give it back every single day,” said the Arusha bred young man. He received 5 country votes by Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia and Kenya.

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Mr & Miss Captivating in the works

21st June 2022
Miss Captivating

Beauty pageant queen Babedi Isaka will see her brain child, Mr & Miss Captivating finally come to life on August 22nd this year. Isaka enunciated that Mr & Miss Captivating is a home-grown pageant open for both international and local contestants between the ages of 16 and 26.

She went on that the pageant will open doors for contestants to get more out of life by teaching the contestants multiple life skills such as etiquette and boosting self-esteem. Isaka’s first stint was fashion modelling in 2016 and later on ventured into pageantry in 2018 to date.

She has several tittles under her belt. Among them being; a Miss Botswana 2021 top 16 Finalist and the most recent one being Miss Teen Africa 2nd Princess 2022. She believes her immense experience and the partnerships she has are a perfect fit to make the event a success.

On what inspired the pageant and the name, Isaka highlighted “A queen or king should influence and dominate by some special charm, art, or trait and having an irresistible appeal in society. Thus ‘captivating’ “

The pagent is expected to give back to the community by empowering the boy and girl child with life skills. Isaka noted that some of the ways women mark their place in the world is through beauty pageants as often times, tittle holders get involved in some form of social work.

“The majority of beauty queens use their offices to get involved with NGO’s or individual established projects during the cause of their reign. For some queens, these projects span the period of their reign and for others it becomes a life time thing.” She highlighted.

To Isaka an ideal Mr. & Miss Captivating is pictured as a leader and should have the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose that will serve communities for the greater good as well as being in possession of a character which inspires others.

The stereotype on the street is that pageants set unrealistic standards for women of all ages. Young girls and boys often try to live up to these standards and mature into adults complexing about their bodies and men who demand their wives or girl friend to look like beauty pageant participants.

Isaka however is a body image champion. She is of the belief that pageantry does not degrade women. In her own words “Pageants promote goal setting and truly inspire a contestant to search their soul, think about the future and plan on how to get there” adding that “There is nothing rarer, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself by being comfortable in her perfect imperfection. That is also why we have men as contestants, to clear the stereotype that pageantry objectifies women.”

Still on the matter of controversy and stereotype, when asked about the swim suit segment of pageants that always causes an uproar. Isaka confirmed Mr & Miss Captivating will have the swim suit segment emphasising “as an aspiring beauty queen, it is very important for women to be healthy and comfortable in their own skin.

The swimsuit round in pageants helps women love their unique build and instils discipline in working towards their fitness goals.” Mr & Miss Captivating has so far rallied 10 sponsors among them; beauty parlours, clothing lines and news media. The event will be hosted by local comedian and unisex model, Troy April. The standard ticket is selling for P300 while the VIP goes for P450.

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Mowana’s Infinity Pool: Swimming in the wild!

21st June 2022
Mowana

Her mystery is not just the large bodies of water with isolated islands rich in the beauty of flora and fauna in this tourism gateway – this internationally renowned travel capital, has a strong sense of history, some sort of hidden purpose and legacy which plays with one’s senses as they explore the mighty Chobe River.

From Cresta Mowana, the Cresta Marakanelo flagship, the richness of Chobe has no better panoramic views. Tales and legends are shared about the islands in the area. Sedudu in particular once a subject of fierce dispute between Botswana and Namibia arouses interest from residents and visitors alike.

Some say the reasons for territorial dispute of the some 30 plus years ago was because of the unknown mysteries the island carries. As residents and visitors sit by the fire at the Boma the tales of the area can stretch until morning.

“Why fight for a piece of island no men can live in?” whispers one senior citizen who referred to himself as Rra Mabala as he rolled his traditional tobacco on a piece of old newspaper. “In the olden days we believed that the Chobe is home of spirituality. Those that were lost would find their way by simply appreciating her beauty. When you come here no matter your life’s troubles, when you leave you will find your way. The white man comes every year because he knows this,” he notes.

I set my sights to Cresta Mowana this past November. Its unique architecture which blends African tradition in wooden pillars, stone and thatch is a welcome contrast to the four-star amenities that make the likes of Prince Harry and many other international guests feel at home in the middle of the bush.

The balconies provide a sensational feel of Mother Nature at its best with the lush of green giving a carpet of green rare in our arid region nationwide. Chobe gives you an escape. The Serondela Restaurant is located adjacent to the river and makes meals much a delight and a platform of meeting new friends and mazing conversations.

For me the beauty was swimming in the wild. You guessed it wrong I do not mean swimming in the Chobe the Clarence Spa Infinity pool is about 30 meters away from the mighty river. As I swam overlooking this masterpiece of nature I remembered just why touring at home has so much meaning.

I looked for the fortune Rre Mabala spoke of in the hope that I find my path like so many who had come before come before my time. I realized that probably finding your way was not magic in the sense of Harry Porter novels but rather a renewed sense of self and relaxation which makes one put things into perspective.

The crisp air of being nestled and enveloped in nature with all things green made me realize just why the hotel group invested over BWP3 million in revamping the executive and presidential suites. The mighty Chobe River has an endless charm.

Visit Namibia from 500 meters away as you cruise the river on a boat. Make sure you choose a responsible company for this who have vetted captains. I enjoyed swimming in the wild. This Easter I may just do a revisit.

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Cresta properties ranked among the top 10% of hotels worldwide

21st June 2022
Cresta

American travel online company TripAdvisor, Inc. has ranked 10 of Cresta Marakanelo Limited (CML) hotels amongst the top 10% of hotels in the world during the recently published Travellers’ Choice awards.

The properties awarded the TripAdvisor 2022 Travellers Choice Awards include Cresta Bosele, Cresta Botsalo, Cresta Marang Gardens, Cresta Mahalapye, Cresta Maun, Cresta President, Cresta Thapama, and from Zimbabwe, Cresta Churchill, Cresta Oasis and Cresta Sprayview.

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travellers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. “You are in the top 10% of hotels worldwide, congratulations.

Every year trip advisor recognizes businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to hospitality excellence with a traveller’s choice award- and- this year you made the list. That means you’ve earned consistent great reviews, so keep it up. Good job, and congratulations on your well-received win, (sic)” stated a communication from the TripAdvisor, Inc. head offices.

The Travellers’ Choice awards honour travellers’ favourite destinations, hotels, restaurants, things to do, and beyond, based on the reviews and opinions collected from travellers and diners around the world on TripAdvisor over 12 months. Travellers’ Choice recognizes businesses that earn consistently great reviews.

The news brought excitement to the Cresta Marakanelo Limited (CML) camp which has since been motivated by the development, “This nomination is a step in the right direction, it reflects that our local and international clientele has trust in the CML brand, services, and products.

All the gratitude for this development goes to our clientele, CML has some of the busy properties in the country and region, our strategic plan has always been to provide quality products and services,” said CML Managing Director Mokwena Morulane.

Over the years CML has been a home to local and international visitors who have left impressive reviews after receiving world class hospitality. It has a long history of serving travellers who seek authentic African experiences as well as modern comforts.

“As one of the leading hotel and tourism players in the country, we always strive to provide the best in true African hospitality. This has motivated us to work hard and continuely innovate our services. hopefully, next time more of our properties will be ranked amongst some of the best hotels in the world,” concluded the CML Managing Director.

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