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Mukweveri: The young ingenious artist

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One can be taught to develop ideas, think critically and improve the use of one’s creative process, but pure talent is God given and bestowed at birth.
Creative or artistic talent is not for everybody.

Few people are blessed with the innate ability to sing, dance, write or draw with ease, effortless mastery and sheer panache. Being an artist is one of those unique gifts not bestowed to everybody; hence the awe of creating something from the simple movement of the hand, guided by one’s imagination and endearing eye is a talent to behold.

Imagine the ability to hold a pencil and move it gently on a piece of paper, and half an hour later, you have a hauntingly beautiful piece of art! One such young artist making waves in a short space of time through his ability to recreate through drawing and painting is Elisha Mukweveri, a 20 year old member of the Thapong Arts Centre in Gaborone.

Mukweveri recently scooped the second prize at the Thapong Artist of the Year award, walking away with a cool P20, 000 prize money. However, this has not pinnacled his success. He still wants to develop his craft and grow as an artist. Although his work is far from amateurish, Mukweveri feels that he can develop his craft in order to be able to compete at an international level.

Born in Zimbabwe, Mukweveri was raised in Mogoditshane, Gaborone. He completed his secondary school at St Josephs’ Secondary School a year ago, but then decided to take a gap year. He admits that his parents were hesitant at first, but have allowed him to pursue fine arts. “I wanted to take time off to explore my love for art, and be sure this is what I wanted to do. At this point, I know for sure that Fine Arts is my calling.

My parents were not too optimistic about my choice of career because they want the best for me, but seeing my talent and passion has convinced them that this is where I can flourish,” he explains.

Mukweveri singles out one of his former teachers at St Joseph’s Secondary school, Ntau, as a mentor since he encouraged him to push boundaries and step out of his comfort zone. “He introduced me to the works of many great artists like Pablo Picasso, Leonard Da Vinci, Salvador Dali and Michelangelo, to mention a few.

He always encouraged me to keep learning and practising, in order to improve my craft. He saw potential in me, and encouraged me not to waste my talent.” His other mentor is Olemogeng Qaeqhao Moses, who is also a member of Thapong Arts Centre, and one of the respected veteran visual artists in Botswana.
Mukweveri’s winning drawing is now on sale, priced at P6000.

But knowing that this can be a steep amount for art lovers who would want to see it hanging from their living room or bedroom wall, he is willing to negotiate a discount with potential buyers.

Before, Mukweveri never looked at his art as a commercial commodity as he was fuelled by passion. He gave his artworks to his friends and family as gifts, but upon realising that art can be his bread and butter, he is starting to approach his work as a viable business enterprise.

During his school years, Mukweveri has excelled and bagged awards in academics and sports, which cements him as an all-rounder. But it is art that has stolen his heart. He is certain that the world is his oyster, and one day, his name will be mentioned among those of the greatest artists in the world.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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