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Prominent events take a rain check due to Corona Virus!

The entertainment industry is feeling the impact of the Corona virus outbreak, with a series of high-profile closures and postponements. The rapid spread of Corona virus disease that broke in 2019 is making headlines across the globe and leading to numerous and substandard deferments, cancellations and bans.

It’s all chaos and the entertainment industry is not loving it.The virus primarily spreads when one person breathes in droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. In addition, any infected person, with or without symptoms, could spread the virus by touching a surface. It could remain on that surface and someone else could touch it and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes.

That's why it's so important to try to avoid touching public surfaces or at least try to wipe them with a disinfectant.Worldwide nearly 175,000 people have contracted the Corona virus with the World Health Organization reporting cases in at least 135 countries, territories or areas.Cases of this novel virus are being discovered in new countries almost daily. 

On Wednesday March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic, with approximately 118,000 cases in 114 countries and near 4,300 deaths.The virus has found a foothold on almost every continent and Southern African region has not been spared. This week a number of cases were confirmed throughout the region in South Africa. With the travel industry being heavily affected by the spread of Corona virus, this has also had serious implications for the entertainment industry in Botswana.

Whilst we all agree that safety must come first, this will have a significant impact on the entertainment industry, and the earning potential of the artistes, as most don't have supplemental income. It can likely be a financial disaster for entertainers as work lessens. Promoters will not be spared either, as they will now find themselves ‘out of pocket’ in instances where infrastructure and obligations would have already been met and they have no alternative but to postpone their events.

Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association BEPA convened on Monday afternoon in an effort to map a way forward from this pandemic. The Association brought together its members, majority which are event promoters, organizers as well as venue owners. Together they decided on what to propose to the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Arts and Sport Development Tumiso Rakgare pertaining to all the cancellations and postponements caused by the Corona virus.

‘’We need answers, we are all equally worried about the Corona virus because it affects us one way or the other. I think it’s also appropriate to call the Minister to come and address us on how best we can go about this. In postponing these events, we lose lot of money we invested in these events and we don’t know what’s going to happen next. We proposing events go on because we have solutions, but still if government does not accept these suggestions, there is nothing we can do,’’ one promoter said in an interview with Weekend Life on condition of anonymity.

Exotic who is also a protuberant event promoter held that sometimes they ought to own up to their responsibility as citizens to curb the pandemic. ‘’Sometimes own up as a citizen, don’t wait to be told to own up because you will find that you are told very late. Act now, take full responsibility as a citizen to contribute to the prevention of Corona virus, let’s all postpone our festivals.’’However, the meeting was not inclusive to the media therefore, what was pondered is yet to be shared in due time.

The Ministry however dispatched on their social media that ‘’MYSC leadership met with Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association to discuss issues concerning the entertainment industry. The Honorable  Minister emphasized the need to take extra precautions in the wake of the Corona virus, and implored promoters to consider government's decision to limit events especially those with more than 100 people.’’

Hamptons Jazz Festival which was initially scheduled to take place this coming Saturday, Debbie Smith took to social media to express her gloomy emotion about the postponement of her prominent jazz fest.
‘’Words fail me guys! My team & I put some hard work for nearly a year. Regardless, we could never day dream of putting the public at risk and I fell this is wrong timing. We will be strong again and I must say decision to postpone the event is slowly sinking in.’’

Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) founder, Fish Pabalinga also pooled his blue opinions. ‘’This winter is going to be very cold for the creative industry.’’Pabalinga shared a statement on his official Facebook page that read ‘’The GIMC Family Fun Day that was scheduled for Saturday 4 April 2020 at Bojanala Water Front has been postponed to a later date to be communicated in due course. The Corona Virus, (Covid-19) is a serious health hazard that cannot be risked and certainly not with children around.

Those that purchased tickets, kindly keep them safe as they will be valid for when the event happens later in the year.’’Some of the other prominent events that felt the heat from Corona virus include Soul Fill Up with Franco. On Monday afternoon, the management of the much anticipated event called a press conference that updated the media about the festival going on amid Corona virus scares.Few minutes later, reporters acknowledged calls apprising them to make a reappearance to the venue where the presser was held, on dramatic turn of events. The event was postponed indefinitely. Toropo ya Muka could not be spared, as it writhed the same effects.

According to press statements shared, some events are confirmed to take place late this year while some stakeholders are yet to meet and reach an agreement on when to hold down the event.


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Creatives taking over 2023

26th September 2023

Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.

They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.

This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.


Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.

The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.

However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.


This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.

His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.

KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.

If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.


Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.

This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.


After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.

Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.






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26th September 2023

Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.

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26th September 2023

With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.

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