The current license holder of Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi said his main aim and duty was to restore the glory and beauty of Miss Botswana by re-branding, re-launching and re-establishing the pageant.
After taking over, the team held the Miss Botswana pageant with only three finalist in 2018 which was won by Moitshepi Elias, who then went to represent the country at Miss World.
Still under Advanced Development Institute, a company owned by Raletsatsi, in 2019 they had a bigger dream to incorporate the creative sector; make-up artists and fashion designers, which he believed could assist in re-branding Miss Botswana.
In the 2019 pageant he introduced Miss Botswana Fashion Show, where many designers came on board and showcased their A-list fashion designs which proved that indeed we have seasoned designers in our country.
The journey was becoming more interesting as many more developments were underway and still drafted to take place. Like many other businesses and institutions, Miss Botswana was also hit by the global pandemic, which saw many projects being put on hold, while observing the issue at hand.
When asked whether the beauty pageant will hold this year, Raletsatsi said they will be waiting to hear from the mother-body of the global pageant for a go ahead, as for the reigning Queen, she is currently engaged in a number of charity works.
“As far as preparation we shall follow advice from Miss World as to whether the competition will be on going this year before we decide what we are doing locally, as far as local involvement she has continued to support her local charities,” he said
The current Queen, Oweditse Phirinyane also got affected as projects which were in the pipelines in Selibe Phikwe were suspended. “Her ability to go to the country side where many of her interests are, were interrupted. Especially to the SPEDU region where she had committed to work with the elderly to promote their work,” he said.
ADI had developed a five year strategy to rebuild the pageant but everything had to cease due to the pandemic. Raletsatsi stated that this has made it very difficult for them to further their strategy.
“A lot of you understand that the approach was one of building the industry, hence the Corona virus outbreak has affected this. One of the initiatives that was started was the design of the new 2020 crown in partnership with the University of Botswana, even though we shall reveal the 35 designs reached in time, this also limited our ability for public events,” he said.
“Most sponsors of the projects have been affected by the COVID-19, so in general it has affected our ability to continue with our activities as planned. Running Miss Botswana is a costly undertaking and the Covid-19 outbreak will not make it easy, the winner still needs to receive monthly allowances including housing and other expenses, just like those in the creative industry.”
Meanwhile other Miss World national head winners are sending messages of encouragement and reminding everyone to do their part in keeping the distance and to wash their hands and stay safe always.
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On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.
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