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Makin’s art explores politics of identity

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Kim Karabo Makin is definitely one of the upcoming artists worth looking out for now that the appreciation of the arts is slowly flourishing in the country.

The 21 years old Fine Arts student at the University of Capetown, South Africa, is passionate about exploring the politics of identity including racial, sexuality and gender. Her themes often convey her multicultural ancestry and experience of growing up as a mixed-race person in Botswana.

Born to a Motswana mother from Serowe and a German/Swiss father, Makin says being of a mixed race, her cultural background has always been the topic of discussion throughout her young life and not always in a good way. “Art allows me to process and explore this topic as well as find my place in society,” she says.

She also believes that, “As artists we have not stepped up as champions because we are not seeing the impact that arts can have on every issue we care about. For too long we have allowed arts and culture to be treated as a nicety, “she notes.

Having defied pressure from her parents to pursue science related courses that have monetary security and instead choosing to follow her passion for the arts, Makin believes deeply that, there is no discipline that nurtures and sparks the cognitive ability to imagine, and unleashes creativity and innovation, more than arts and culture.

That is why one of her dreams is to grow and take the appreciation of art in the country to the next level.

“It might be an airy-fairy way of thinking but I strongly subscribe to the idea of pursuing one’s passion the money will always follow after. That is what we need to instill in the hearts and minds of our young generation,” she says.

Makin is one of the artists who will be showcasing at the Chill Step Sunday, a local arts and culture event this weekend at the Stanbic Bank Piazza. The art on display by guest designers and painters including Maungo of Passion Art, MBK Lesetedi and Maungo Judy Blu will run from 2PM until 11PM.

 

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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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