The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has partnered with the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to stage this year’s Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) Beauty Pageant. The event was kicked started this week via a press conference.
The occasion was graced by partners and stakeholders of the Ministry and the University. The Assistant Minister Botlhogile Tshireletso laid out the role of RADP and objectives of the beauty pageant.
She mentioned that RADP is a Government initiative which seeks to promote livelihoods in rural areas pertaining to issues of development of infrastructure, sustainable livelihoods and promotion of direct promotion of Rural Area Communities among other objectives.
To further the objectives the Ministry initiated Miss RADP on the 25th November 2013. Through this event, ladies aged between 18 and 24 years from recognized settlements in Botswana participate.
The 2014 Miss RADP is to be held on the 22nd of November 2014 at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. The winner of the competition is to work as an ambassador of RADP during her reign. The theme for Miss RADP 2014 is “Unearthing natural beauty and talent”.
The pageant has a vision of being a sustainable and effective strategy of bringing young women from remote area communities to the mainstream economic development as a significant contributor in realising sustainable livelihoods.
However the Assistant Minister stressed that the main purpose of the pageant is facilitate talent identification and buttress behavioural change promotion. She also indicated that through the Miss RADP they are promoting Young Women inclusiveness in the main stream society as well as building self-esteem in young women through participation in national events.
In 2013 the beautiful contestants were from Kgomodiatshaba, Kaudwane, Kuke, Khekhenye, Itholoke, Sekhutlhane, Ukwi, New Xade, Mababe, XaiXai, Otse and Malatswai. Each settlement had two representatives. A beauty queen from the settlement of Mababe was crowned the winner.
Miss RADP 2014 has attracted contestants from settlements such as Kgomodiatshaba, Khekhenye, Diphuduhudu, Zutshwa, Kokotsha, Mokgena, Gojwane, Mahotshwane, Sekhutlwane, New Xanagas, New Xhade, Mababe and Qangwa. In the same manner like last year there will be two representatives per settlement area.
The fourteen contestants are currently at a boot camp in Sebele undergoing various self-empowerments training to ready themselves for the big event and into the future after the pageant.
The Assistant Minister also mentioned that the beauty queen and her team have various community services to undertake pertaining to promotion of the RADP. Specifically, she said their focus will be based on behaviour change in areas such as alcohol abuse, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, importance of culture preservation, education and other socio-economic issues.
Miss RADP pageant has adopted very high standards for the competition, they use the best judges, they follow the rules and the prizes have impact in the lives of the winners. Tshireletso made it clear that Miss RADP is not for a specific tribe as people usually say is for Basarwa; rather it caters for everyone in the settlements.
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
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.
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.