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Ozzy Photography finds niche in shooting weddings

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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.

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LEA partners with Ministry for youth businesses

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Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, (MYESCD) has partnered with the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) to create a pool of competitive and sustainable youth businesses.

Through the partnership, business management and mentoring services will be provided to the Youth Development Fund (YDF) beneficiaries to enhance their efficiency and capacity to manage and sustain their businesses.Speaking during the signing ceremony MYESCD Deputy Permanent Secretary, Kago Ramokate said the ministry has always had a challenge with lack of expertise mentorship to young entrepreneurs so partnership with LEA will assist the ministry to effectively deliver its mandate.

“Training and mentorship has been a challenge for us because our officers mostly do not have business background so this partnership will address this,” said Ramokate.In his remarks, LEA Chief Executive, Racious Moatshe said the partnership is paramount to achieve government initiative of creating a pool of competitive and sustainable Small Medium and Micro Enterprises that will significantly contribute towards the diversification of the economy. It is also expected to meaningfully impact local communities through employment creation and import substitution.

“We want to ensure that youth businesses are run properly with proper funding. Both institutions will jointly conduct research that has direct impact on scaling up of youth owned businesses in Botswana,” said Moatshe.

He said over 2 500 youth businesses have received LEA intervention. “We want to see more youth businesses succeed”. Meanwhile, the ministry has been urged to come up with a better strategy to effectively deliver the YDF program and produce successful youth businesses. According to the Auditor General’s report for the past year, Pulane Letebele pointed out that the operation of the fund was highly unsatisfactory because of lack of proper monitoring and mentoring of the beneficiaries, financed from the Fund on a 50 percent grant 50 percent loan basis.

The Auditor General complained that two years after the Public Accounts Committee called for a stream lining of the Fund’s accounting system to allow for proper debtor accounting, nothing has been done.The 2015 Auditor General’s report has revealed that all five regions that had been selected for audits during the year show that the fund has failed. “In Maun about P20 million was disbursed in loans and only P400 000 has been paid while P640 000 was the total of arrears covering the entire period from inception of the fund in 2009,” reads the report.

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Ex Debswana boss counsels graduates

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Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) on Saturday, former Managing Director of Debswana, Balisi Bonyongo said graduates and citizens need to position themselves to develop a clear technology and innovation strategy and roadmap that would enable the nation’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy.

“We need to create an entrepreneurship centre that would bring industry and the college together, to form a powerful force that would co-create breakthrough solutions capable of diversifying our country’s economy,” said Bonyongo.

The college released 645 graduates from different fields on Saturday. Since inception 22 years ago over 11 000 professionals graduated from the school. Bonyongo highlighted that graduates should approach problems creatively to provide sustainable, scalable and exponential solutions that could yield tremendous economic value.

“I urge all graduates to leverage technology and innovation to deliver practical solutions to society’s most urgent problems. Use your qualifications to seize opportunities to do what you love and enjoy,” said Bonyongo.

BAC Executive Director, Serty Leburu said between 2017 and 2018 they have experienced growth in the number of new students both full time and part time. “This mark of quality has inspired us to spread our wings and expand into other markets through various collaboration models,” she said.

Leburu revealed that they are currently in the process to introduce online learning to effectively support part-time students as well as provide some programs digitally. The college has partnered with several international universities including, University of Derby, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sunderland and SAP University Alliance as well as Microsoft and the Cisco Academy.

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