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After his stint on Big Brother Africa, which was part of his grand plan to venture out of Botswana to explore the African market, Zibanani ‘DJ Oneal’ Madumo (36) was able to attract the attention of the audience he wished for.

Thanks to strategically placed friends, public relations representatives and a hit radio show ‘Oneal on CliffCentral’ he is now penetrating the African region. He currently records a listenership of close to 1 million and his show is the most downloaded on CliffCentral.com. He shares that as a DJ his sound has broadened to accommodate the continent. One of his favourite hotspots is Kenya where he is grateful for the heartfelt reception. “I can fill up a club in Nairobi, just me.

That was heartwarming,” says the DJ. No matter where he goes or what he does, Botswana will always be cemented in his heart. “I am not trying to compete with South Africans at being South African. Ke Motswana and that’s the commodity through which I trade.” This attitude has helped him break through glass ceilings and gained him lucrative connections. It was no easy feat to convince the corporates at his current work base, South Africa, that he is an alternative and worthy option to carry their brands.

This sturdy hunk is now the ‘Brand Influencer’ for Jeep Renegade and also one of the new ‘Brand Ambassadors’ for Aramis Black- Cologne for men. “I am currently in talks with two major shoe and clothing brands that just launched in South Africa.  Nothing is set on stone yet but I am confident that I will bag them as well. I am very choosy about where I position myself. I never chase fame instead I let fame chase me.” Oneal observes that after ten (10) years being part of the entertainment industry he understands the imperative of keeping grounded and maintaining his identity. “I also listen to that voice you hear when everyone else has stopped talking; for others it’s the voice of God, others your gut for some their conscience,” he adds.

This DJ has a strong urge for privacy, but his job unfortunately makes it difficult to keep to himself. “After you broadcast and share yourself with close to one million listeners during a radio show and in the evening I will perform at a club for about 500 hundred people. You lose a piece of yourself everyday like that. You sacrifice your time.” Don’t get him wrong he is not complaining just highlighting the fact in case you should meet him on a busy day and you are disappointed he did not give you enough time to chat with him.

He is aware that it is not easy for people to keep their edge and authentic selves particularly with online and social media. “You have people trying to Keep up with the Kardarshians; a new Blog, the latest West African invasion. Things change so quickly that so much can go right and so much can go wrong.” Oneal cemented his identity with the help of his appearance on Big Brother Africa, where he also met his girlfriend and singer, Feza, from Tanzania. Together their brand is very strong and easily recognisable.

DJ’ing is an art form like any other. It has evolved and keeps changing due to the advent of digital space. DJs now have a symbiotic relationship with their audience. He emphasises that having access to resources and the latest DJ’ing software does not make you an actual DJ. Having a great music collection in your car does not qualify you as a DJ nor does playing chart topping songs one hit tune after another. “A DJ is a DJ at heart, with or without music or equipment,” says the local export.

“For example, DJ Fresh, it’s about listening to the sound of music. A specific instinct for music, an ear for music. A DJ’s taste in music cannot be influenced by anything or anyone.” A good DJ is a good communicator one that communicates well with their music. “If you can tell a story with your set I am sold.” Oneal’s relationship with his craft goes deep, so deep he has sets at his house that no one has ever heard before; sets he uses only to channel his inspiration.

As to be expected this broad thinker’s focus is not only on DJ’ing and music. He is also devoting his time to his business details of which he refuses to share.
 “It’s not for public consumption. I am also at the research stage of my very first book. I plan to use the Christmas holidays to make progress and identify possible partners,” concludes Oneal. Aramis Black is available at Stuttafords (Airport Junction). 100ml bottle sells at P849.95 and a 50ml bottle sells at P639.95

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Boko has failed his constituency – Mokgethi

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THROWING SALVO: Anna Mokgethi vows to turn around the fortunes of Gaborone Bonnington North

Botswana Democratic Party Parliamentary hopeful for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgethi says area Member of Parliament failed to utilise the P10million constituency Development Fund to develop the constituency.

Every year government allocates P10 million to each of the 57 constituencies for developments under the ministry of local government and rural development and councils coordinate the projects. Mokgethi told the media in Gaborone on Tuesday that UDC president who is also area MP, Duma Boko was supposed to have pushed for projects to be done in the constituency.“As we speak there is nothing but the constituency has been having an MP and councillors in the past five years. “Crime is high in the area because there are no streetlights in most of our roads. Our people are attacked under the cover of darkness. Our roads are still dusty but you take our neighbouring constituencies they have paved the roads using these funds.

“We are behind because our MP has neglected the constituency ever since he was voted into office. There is nothing that he can show as a development he advocated for under the fund,” she said.
Mokgethi, a lawyer by profession, will be launched this coming Sunday by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Since its inception in 2017 the fund has been marred by controversy as MPs argued that they are not being taken on board in the projects.Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who at the time was local government minister, said it was wrong for council secretaries to snub MPs when councils consult residents on developments to do with the fund.

Mokgethi told the media that representation is about service. She said she is willing to represent the people of Bonnington North. “The people of this constituency are yearning for representation. They need a representative who will have enough time on his/her hands to attend to their needs and interests. Someone who will have an ear inclined to their needs,” she stated.

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BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL: Many did not believe Mhotsha could commit such a heinous crime

Broadhurst Magistrate Court came to a near standstill this past Friday when Lebogang Mhotsha appeared for mention on a conspiracy to robbery case.

Sporting a spiral braided hairstyle, the 30-year-old, who looked exhausted and agitated, turned heads with her pretty face with many in the crowd peering at her and commenting on how unfortunate it was for such a beautiful young woman to be implicated in a crime of such magnitude, where blood had been spilled.

There was a heavy presence of police officers, soldiers, DIS and members from Interpol in the court that was so packed that one had to take gulps of breath to avoid suffocating. All eyes were on Mhotsi, who unflinchingly stared ahead as the brief court proceedings got underway. Details presented before court are that Mhotsha of Mogoditshane is implicated in a conspiracy to robbery following the death of three Batswana men in South Africa on the 26 July 2019.

It is said that the victims were robbed of P350, 000, ten thousand US dollars and a Samsung J72 cell phone. The deceased men were part of a team of seven Batswana headed to Durban to purchase vehicles. They were attacked along the Swartruggens road in the North West area between Mafikeng and Rustenburg by six men who robbed them at gunpoint and made off with the money. The prosecutor in the case asked the court to give them an opportunity to complete their investigations, adding that they also want to engage Interpol to assist them.

Magistrate Tshepo Thedi remanded the accused in jail pending further investigation. Mhotsha will appear in court again on 22 August 2019 together with two other accused. Botswana and South African police jointly launched investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the incident. So far, preliminary investigations have revealed that the robbery was an act of conspiracy between the suspect, Mhotsha as well as local and South African associates.

The case gets more interesting as more accused come out of hiding. This past weekend a confession was extracted from two other suspects, Poloko Seduke and Kefilwe Ramoitoi both aged 38. The duo subsequently appeared before court on Monday facing the same charge of conspiracy to robbery. Although investigations are still ongoing to piece together the puzzles in this case, it is widely believed that the three accused are part of a bigger crime syndicate operating between Botswana and South Africa that targets Batswana who travel to Durban to buy cars.

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