For Osego Maseko of Ozzy Photography, photography started as a hobby but he now takes pride in it as a business.Maseko views wedding videography and photography in Botswana as a very lucrative business and suggests that it needs higher creativity.
His journey in photography started in 2013 whilst a student at UB. He would capture pictures at various events whenever he had an opportunity and some of his pictures would be published with the University newspaper, UB Horizon. This motivated him further and he gained confidence and worked around the clock to become a professional.
Later in 2014, he was absorbed by Oneline Multimedia Company where he was more exposed to the business aspect of photography. “I worked for two years as a photographer, videographer and grip between 2014 and 2016,” he said adding that they did successful projects such as Streetwise dance project. At the same time, they started a business magazine called InBusiness, where he worked as head of photography for the first four issues before he focused on his own company that he had registered in 2013.
The 29 year-old young man has never been to school for photography but says his experience and passion created the name to his business. “Our bookings vary from weekend to weekend, sometimes we find ourselves having to cover three different weddings in a weekend, sometimes two or one.
“What we appreciate is that no month can pass by without a booking in our company,” he explained. He works with a dedicated team, which makes the work much lighter because of their dedication.
“I have a very wonderful team that keeps me going. Some started with this company when it was just a name, when we did not have even a single camera to our name. But they worked hard and grew the company. I have two full time employees and three freelancers,” he said.
They accept bookings from all over the country. This past weekend, they covered a wedding in Maun. Other places they have already covered include Maitengwe, Matsiloje, Tsabong, Tsetsejwe and Francistown, to mention a few.
He said their image is important hence “our uniform makes us that unique because we are always in our uniform at events. We have three different outfits. We also invest a lot on equipment for the perfection of our craft, such as camera stabilisers, speed lights, lenses and reflectors to mention a few, stand us out” explains Maseko.
He lamented that the market is slowly becoming saturated with unskilled photographers who charge close to nothing for their services, adding that photography should be about quality as an art. He chose wedding photography and videography as his core business because he believes in love. “We can also arrange for different shootings but I enjoy weddings because it is just heart-warming to create memories for people on this amazing moment of their lives. Just the thought of bringing happiness to people keeps us going,” he said.
Their day package ranges from P4500.00, depending on the client’s end product, while their two-day package starts from P8000.00 which could possibly have additional charges based on the option of the end product. For the package of magadi and two days coverage, they charge P12 000.00.Their wish is to grow their brand and regularly engage in corporate events photography as well as work on TV shows and at least a selected magazine.
Ozzy Photography can be
contacted at 74544574.
OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE
Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.
The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.
He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.
The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.
“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.
The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.
WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER
Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.
Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.
“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.
“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”
Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.
“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.
Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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