The Mascom Derby is back for its 14th instalment on April 16th 2022, following its pause in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Touted as the biggest horse racing event in the country, the derby is to take place at the Shashe Horse Track in Maun. The event is forecast to attract revellers and participants from Botswana, Namibia, and Lesotho.
Beyond the fast speed of the horses trailed by a cloud of dirt, a cheering crowd and the neighing steeds at the finishing line lies glitz and glamour, the ‘Mascom Derby Fashion Show’. Slated to take place on the evening of April 15th 2022, the occasion is to be emceed by Loungo ‘King B’ Pitse alongside Sadi Dikgaka, two of the strongest brands in the media space. Dato Seiko of the ‘Pheyo ke yo’ fame will be headlining the event as the entertainer of the evening.
The Mascom brand and communications manager, Malebogo Sesinyi disclosed that; “this year we continue with our partners Fashion Without Boarders (FWB) who yet again will be showcasing the best of local fashion at the Mascom derby. In addition we will host a workshop for aspiring designers and models. We are happy and delighted to also host Dr Thanolo Keutlwile, a well renowned model and runner up for Miss Botswana 2021.” Adding that the workshops are meant to mentor, capacitate and groom aspiring models and fashion designers in Maun and surrounding areas
Fashion Without Boarders (FWB), is a fashion and lifestyle movement that began in South Africa and now trail blazing through the African continent, showcasing and uplifting Africa’s young and emerging fashion designers and models venturing into the industry from a disadvantaged background across the African continent. The co-founder, Tebo Bakwena Kabisoso mentioned that; “in our quest to start spreading the gospel that is fashion, the landscape in Botswana was not so allowing. Because of the background, we were pushed to get into the industry because of someone we knew. We wanted to change that narrative and give it a level playing field for everyone who wanted to get into the industry, who did not have the know how or who did not know the people in the industry.”
She went on that; “we had two things in mind being; to unearth talent that was unknown and give it a fighting chance to actually establish themselves in an industry that could one day help benefit their families. Second being to create a conducive environment for conversations that we are ultimately going to pave way for solid sustainable ground for fruitful and solid partnerships. The talent is existent, we just need means to train and equip the models and designers to know what they are doing, especially in terms of their business acumen.”
Kabisoso highlighted that “after knocking on so many doors, Mascom was the only one that opened, they pledged their support and never turned back. Fashion should not only be treated as entertainment, there is more to it, and we need to change the narrative. Our partnership with Mascom throughout the years has been a very valuable one. Not only to FWB but to the designers and models. Mascom has created a platform of knowledge sharing and a safe space for the creatives to express themselves without fear of being judged or misunderstood.”
In line with the theme of the event ‘A new dawn’ the models and designers will put on display their journey of growth and what they have learnt throughout the years.
The Mascom Head of Public Relations and Communications Tebogo Lebtse-Sebego mentioned that Black Trash will also be their partners hosting the workshop for designers. “Black Trash, we look forward to you sharing your knowledge and success with our designers in Maun.”
“We were heartbroken in 2020 when we had to cancel the show, outfits were ready but the derby was one of the events that got cancelled in light of Covid-19. It was not a nice space to be in. For a lot of people Easter meant being in Maun for the Mascom Derby. We are very excited to be going back to Maun to enjoy the Mascom Derby. Covid-19 was horrendous to the arts and sports industries as they were the worst hit. The impact of COVID-19 on small businesses has been very bad. The Mascom Derby allowed for these businesses to trade and benefit directly and we look forward to reinvigorating that in Maun to get these small businesses to be able to interact and make money out of it and hopefully that the people who will be there will be ready to spend more on the local economy.”
The Mascom Derby will showcase 120 horses which will be participating in two race categories being Tswana Breed and Thoroughbred. All races are competing for the total prize money of P500 000 and tickets are now on sale at Webtickets countrywide. Adults go for P70 and Kids P30.
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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.
The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.
Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.
With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).
Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Bash Connektor Facebook page.