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Kaone Kario brings model coaching home

After becoming Nokia Face of Africa, Kaone Kario has been making strides in international markets and has become a force to be reckoned with in the modelling industry.

The model has been signing deals left, right and centre with big brands such as Nivea, making it to billboards and television ads both locally and internationally. The petite beauty has made a decision to pay it forward by shaping and shining the rough diamonds that lay hidden within the modelling industry in the country.

For many years now models have been crying foul about the conditions in the industry. While only a few are finding breakthroughs, the majority of them are still fighting hard to make it as well as have a well-defined career and profile. I am proud to announce that in association with Creative Chaos and Mossyde, I will be hosting a modelling workshop across Botswana at a date to be announced soon.

The purpose of the workshop is to use my professional experience in modelling to coach aspiring models on how to build a rewarding and sustainable career as a professional model. I am looking forward to engaging with you as we build our local modelling industry, she said on her Facebook page.

In an interview with WeekendLife, the Chief Editor of African Vogue, who is known for working closely with local models, Raymond Geofrey, said he is glad that Kario is coming into the picture as she will help to shape local models. This is actually interesting because this is the first time she will be doing something like this.

She has never really had workshops in Botswana. I am hoping she will be able to open up about her journey in the modelling industry and also share some insights into how models from Botswana can ultimately get booked for jobs in cities like New York,” he said.

Having spent a significant amount of time working with local models, Geofrey admits that the industry still has a long way to go as models are still struggling with the basics of modelling, which is a great concern. The main issue is branding power. Most models don’t invest time and resources in building a brand for themselves.

Most of them also don’t understand that there is a real art to modelling. Modelling is a job, it’s a business and most models in Botswana are not running themselves as a business. They lack the basic knowledge and information about modelling. Models need to learn to research and investigate their craft and business,” he said.

A lot of models lack the requirements needed, like updated Zcard and measurements. A lot of them are using old images for castings on their Zcards. Some don’t even have Zcards and Lookbooks. Most models are not using social media to market themselves. The content they put up online is not reputable or presentable.

The working conditions for models in Botswana is a joke. Models are forced to compete for jobs in Botswana where they get paid very little and their payments come after months sometimes after a year and the condition they work in are not okay at all.

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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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