Organising a successful event or conference is really a big effort. Many corporate events or conferences cost beyond half a million to run, and all the time, money and sheer hard work mean that a lot is at stake.
It’s also really critical that the event run smoothly. Today, we see a lot of emcees emerging from one event after another. We get to see them either male or female, or sometimes, a combination of both sexes interacting with the audiences.
The male emcee would sometimes do it all alone, or the female emcee can independently handle the crowd. At times, both of them can make a good tandem up on stage to manage and facilitate the program. Women are known to be the creative ones, in almost every aspect of life. She releases her creative juices out to have a product that is unique and very likeable. She can think greater than the usual and let her imagination work to make something new out of the usual.
Oratile Kefitlhile has earned her name as the best corporate emcee of all times. Whether you are presenting a panel of speakers or a point-counterpoint duo, she can definitely help your session run smoothly. She is a radio and TV personality and a hard-hitting journalist who can bring great name draw to your event and ensure that the discussion stays on track. This young woman will bring the polish that you have been looking for to your next business event.
Kefitlhile is an accomplished media personality who has wowed thousands of corporate people with her emceeing skills and winning personality. Besides being effectively bilingual, she also has a wide repertoire of funny skills in mind all the time, for your special business gathering. Being able to interact with the audience has made Kefitlhile the best emcee of choice at several events, most which are corporate and formal.
Sharing her life story as a versatile media personality, Kefitlhile told Weekend Life that ‘’I am a 29-year-old woman proudly from Gabane, from a family of five. I was raised by two traditional parents who were both civil servants. And my purpose in life is to illustrate to other fledgling folks that it is possible, it’s doable. I don’t want to stand and say I have attained it because I’m still trying to navigate across and figure out what it is that I do. I am a heterogeneous, I believe in person being multi-versatile. Getting your hands do what they can do is actually what I am trying to cement to that little boy or girl, and I even inspire them to volunteer because that’s where I initially started.’’
Born from a family of teachers, growing up she always wanted to be a teacher. ‘’I still believe I am a teacher because what I do now is teaching, and the difference is I’m not in a classroom. As strict as they were, I actually learnt the value of accommodating and loving people. I have loved being operational with people from a young age and that is one value that I hold onto even today. That is why I chose to gamble into journalism, subsequently becoming a corporate emcee.’’
Corporate emceeing, she said needs someone who has a good questioning mind, with relevant questions. An event planner is asked lot of questions about the venue, audience, speakers and purpose as well as running order. ‘’You need to know few elements before going on stage. Even as the event is unfolding, you continue to enquire. Is the guest speaker ready? Should we bring the launch forward because of the tight schedule? If you ask such questions, you unlikely to be ambushed by unexpected occurrences’’, she said
Being unflappable can also be an advantage. A corporate emcee works under pressure sometimes, but they still need to deliver either way. This has been a challenge for lot of emcees, but Kefitlhile underlined that ‘’ sometimes things go wrong. The microphone stops working or the guest of honour fails to turn up. When unexpected situations like that occur, as a corporate MC, you handle them with quit confidence and find solutions to maintain the flow and energy of the event.
She further stressed that one should have a backup plan in case Plan A fails. It is great to be unflappable in the face of crisis, but one need to have thought through their next line of action so they can deal with the problem, she said. ‘’As a master of ceremonies, sharing a humorous story to liven up a ‘dead’ moment in the program or having your notes in hard and soft copies, just in case, are two examples of how to plan for problems.’’
Kefitlhile noted that she has always been creative. ‘’I think on my feet and I use what is available to get desired results. This means focusing on outcomes and using unconventional methods to achieve them. Like convincing wedding guests at a garden reception to use their car headlights to illuminate a dark venue when the power fails and there is no backup generator. Not an easy sell but definitely workable. If you can come up with solutions like this, you are on track.’’
With her accessible humour and free flowing style, Kefitlhile’s success as a versatile media personality has quickly broadened into a range of performance credits on TV, radio and stage. She showed another side by contesting for Miss Botswana 2015, and for two years consecutively, hosting the prominent beauty pageant. Experienced news reporter with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry, she has worked for all commercial radio stations in the country without applying for any of the posts.
She is skilled in editing, journalism, media and public relations, radio and television. Also, Kefitlhile has been devoting her time to speaking engagements focused on motivating students, issues around media and gender parity as well as turning passion into a profitable enterprise. She does not only have a thing for radio, journalism and emceeing. For so many years, she has been a face of many companies as a brand influencer, for both corporate and private organisations. ‘’At one point, I was the face of Masa Square Hotel Fashion Show, The Make Over Place Hair Salon and Spa, Sedi Skin care as well as content producer for Local Corner.’’
Well, in a minute Kefitlhile was able to reveal to Weekend Life some of her fun facts, I mean I wouldn’t let her go without sharing some of what people don’t know about her. If she wasn’t in the media, she would probably be a teacher more so that she comes from a family of teacher. The first thing she does when she wakes up every day is drinking tea. And this one is obvious…this woman is a tea addict! Her first kiss…was nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time. She says her boyfriend has to be God fearing before anything else. ‘’He should be ambitious and smart. I love a man who is challenging and someone I can learn few things from, not only one plus one.
That one is not even up for debate.’’ She has a lucky guy…and a baby girl called… (Name known to this publication). And one last thing…Kefitlhile loves traditional cuisine and bogobe jwa lerotse, morogo wa dinawa and seswaa top the list.
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.
As the creative industry is trying to resurface from the COVID-19 dust, the board chairperson of Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS), Bakalanga Mahoko, says the society is considering giving out relief funds to their members who have been hit hard by the COVID -19 induced restrictions. She noted that this will however depend on government’s response to their request for funds.
She told WeekendLife that the society has already written to government requesting funds. Once the request is approved, she says some of the funds will enable the society to embark on road shows across the country to sensitise the general public about COSBOTS. The road shows are designed to run for several weeks before the annual general meeting which is scheduled for May, 28th this year. Among other things, she says part of the money will be used as a relief fund for their members.
“As we are all aware, the industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions and some of our members were unable to raise money for their survival and that alone affected the industry. We anticipate that government will consider and approve our request and once it’s approved our members will smile all the way to the bank as their bank accounts will be credited by the COSBOTS,” she says.
She added that if things go according to plan, this will be the second time that their members would have been assisted through such an initiative. She said at the moment they have registered about 2800 members across the country and the board anticipates that the membership number will increase sharply.
“I am not yet in a better position to divulge the amount which each artist will be given because government has not yet responded to our request, but once that has been approved the society will announce,“ she says.
Mahoko was elected as the board chairperson sometime last year and has also been the first woman to lead such society which she described as “privileged”. “As many will recall, the society was in a mess and there were squabbles among members. There was also mismanagement of funds that resulted in the members, government as well as the public losing trust on the society and that dented badly the image of the society,” she says.
Mahoko further stated since she has been in office for more than a year, things now look much better and promising. The government gave the society a grant and that alone was a sign of trust from government. Recently COSBOTS distributed over P7 million as royalties.
With over 20 years in the business of publishing school books for both primary and high school schools as well as fuelling the imagination and guiding the soul of the youth. Collegium Education Publishers are continuing with their trailblazing mission by launching EBooks.
During the launch of the Ebooks platform recently, Naledi Ratsoma, Author and Founding Director of Collegium Botswana took the audience on a trip down memory lane. She disclosed that after falling out with a local publishing company, she established new ties with a publishing company in South Africa. “The adage don’t get mad, get even worked for us.
We decided we are going to get them, we are curriculum specialists we know what the curriculum is all about and what books should be to support the type of curriculum.” She said deep in thought. “The start-up was not easy, I was the general, manager, tea lady working from 6 am to 10pm. It was sheer determination and hard work that got the company going.
Today I feel honoured and excited, Collegium grew by leaps and bounds. Here we are today. Dare I call Collegium a success story? Yes I do, it is a resounding success story.” She uttered excitedly Looking into the future, Terrence Showa, Collegium CEO was tasked with only one job to do.
That job? Moving Collegium to digitization and joining the rest of the publishing world in transition towards the Fourth industrial revolution and a knowledge based economy. “Today I stay to you quite proud to be the first publisher in the country to launch the prescribed eBooks.” He said.
Showa mentioned; “I was told to come with a cheaper solution for government, after three years with meeting several Information Technology think tanks we came to the conclusion that Snapplify, gurus in providing eBooks and eLearning were in alignment with what we are looking for. Ebooks provide a simple solution for teachers, parents, students to use at their homes.
It will also be 30% cheaper for government to procure the books. An added benefit was the ability to give free content by Snapplify on the side of library service. ” He says the Ebook Platform has been fast tacked by the rural electrification program by government prioritizing the need to digitise books.
When speaking to the WeekendPost on the side after the event, Showa when questioned on matters of piracy which comes with the digital age, he enunciated that “as Collegium the failure of us to regulate the printing and photocopying of our books frustrates us daily. There are institutions who have committed to procuring photocopying machines to make copies of our books.
We are excited about eBooks because the licence procured when buying the book will run for only a year and will limit users to being able to photocopy and take screenshots of the books. One of the reasons Snapplify made sense to us is they know exactly what the challenges that come with digital platforms are. The content will only be downloadable into devices through a profile set up and limit the number of users on the site.”
For their presentation, Stephen Bestbier and Mark Seabrook from the Snapplify Team; the application is accessible everywhere with an offline feature to encourage data saving and reading offline, it is compatible with existing devices be it mobile, tablet and desktop. The simple library management functionality makes it easy to check out books and return them automatically to curb the ancient penalty of paying late return fees as well as avoiding d issues of lost book since it will be on an online platform.
The academic features include; a designated dyslexic friendly font, text to speech functionality, journal, bookmarks. The Elibrary provides for convenience as 24/7 access to learning, materials since the online library does not close like the traditional library. The support platform ‘teacha!’ also reliefs’ teachers in their work by building skills with accredited professional development courses and platform training.
Snapplify are leaders in Pan African educational technology with thousands of institutions across Africa with students and academic staff within the Snapplify ecosystem from primary schools to tertiary institutions.
Snapplify is the best eLearning solution with a comprehensive content catalogue with constant delivery and a proven track record of rolling out large government eLearning projects. Collegium’s vision has indeed come to pass to become market leaders in the provision of high quality teaching and learning materials for institutions in Botswana.