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Radio and TV’s coolest “It girl” Petula El Kindiy

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Petula Khulman (now El’Kindiy) was born in 1988 in Jwaneng and raised in Selebi Phikwe. She remembers that the town was much smaller at that time. “There was a strong sense of community and we were all close knit,” she remembers. Her fondest childhood memories are of family gatherings whether at the cattle post or family fun days at Moruleng Primary School.

“I have always been surrounded by lots of people, lots of talk and this has strongly influenced my sociable nature.” She admits that all parents want their children to be a doctor or corporate. However, she says her mother supported her love for the arts from the get go. “My parents have been married for over 30 years, and I’m the youngest of four children. We are the Ps. Petra, Petrus, Peirce, and myself. I always strive for what I want, and know I have my family’s support.”

Petula once imagined herself as a lawyer. “I actually applied for Law at the University of Botswana. I wanted work that embraced my love for talking. This however changed in 2006.” In 2002, she performed with a group of her friends on My African Dream, . She showed great energy and vibe, and that was perhaps the start of a love for the entertainment industry.

Petula insists that she makes things happen“I loved perfroming. I wanted to be in front of an audience but back then I wasn’t certain that I wanted to be a radio personality or in entertainment. I heard Robby Rob, Owen Rampha and Jazelle on radio and I became curious, and thought, Hey I wanna do that to,” she recalls.  

Her affinity to entertainment comes way back from perfoming alongside and being a back up dancer for artists such as Scar, Vee and Kast. Getting into the industry wasn’t much of a challenge because she was already within the circles, and knew how things work. “When I decided I wanted to be on radio, I literally went into Owen Rampha’s office and told him about my passion for radio. . I was studying Business Administration at UB but I wasn’t about to give up on my radio dream. After training for almost a year, I was finally slotted in the graveyard shift. I was nervous, made mistakes but that is how you learn as a person.”

“I take the bull by the horn – I don’t wait for people to come to me, I go out there and ask for what I want.” Mcing the Botswana Music Union Awards has been the highlight of her career so far. Interacting with crowds one on one is amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely be doing a lot more of it in the future.”

Her red vintage dress had many ladies green with envy, and some men gasping for breath. However, look is all the admirers could do…
This gorgeous lass has been married to DJ Fauz for a few years. “We are both in the entertainment industry and therefore understand how fickle it can be and how demanding the hours are. We have  anopen communication policy which I believe could help many relationships and marriages. We got married young, so we didn’t feel any pressure and still don’t. We are just two people in love and supporting one another in this life journey. To us, marriage is a commitment to our best friend. We spent five years dating, so moving in together, and eventually getting married wasn’t such a huge adjustment because we are good friends and understood each other.”

Balancing running a household with a radio job, Mcing, being a wife and other domestic duties isn’t easy but she has support of a husband who understands her work and shares her joy and successes. Petula anticipates growth for the entertainment industry in Botswana and wants to be at the forefront of showcasing talent. She says she lives and breathes entertainment; music, radio and television make her world go around

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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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