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Here comes Diamond, the Celebrity Stylist

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Business Trends: Who is Thabiso or can I say Diamond?Thabiso: My full names are Thabiso Moje but most people know me as Tlhomamo Diamond, with many calling me Diamond. I was born in Thamaga.

Business Trends: Why did you choose a career in styling, most specifically celebrity styling?
Thabiso: Well one doesn’t wake up and chooses to be a Celebrity Stylist. You start from the bottom as a regular stylist/artist and grow gradually if you have passion and drive for the cut throat industry. One needs to be exposed to the entertainment circles to prosper in this industry. You need celebrity clients who will believe in your art and skill. We all know the celebrity culture is not that prospering at the moment in Botswana. Only a few take branding seriously and hire Stylists, be it Fashion Stylists or Make-up Artists. I started as a Registered Cosmetologist and majored in Proffessional Make up, TV effects and Special FX.I strived everyday back then to be the best hence attracted a lot of artists, public figures and many other influential people.

Business Trends: How long have you been in the styling industry?
Thabiso: I have been in this game for seven years now.

Business Trends: What qualifications are needed for someone to become a stylist?Thabiso: Any person with the right skill and passion can be a stylist. You can still be a Stylist with a Political Science degree, we have Fashion Gurus such as the likes of Mothusi Lesolle who did sciences in school and still made it big in the industry through passion and determination. There are some Organisations to land a job in a Magazine or TV, a Fashion/Beauty portfolio is an added advantage. One can study Fashion and Design or Beauty Technology.

Business Trends: Which university did you attend?
Thabiso: I did Cosmetology with the University of Cape town.

Business Trends: Describe your normal day at work?
Thabiso: With me normal is not the word to use, I literally do whatever it takes. I deal with production (Special projects making, TV programmes, hair styling, make up, props and wardrobe among others. I also get to write articles for certain blogs.  In addition, I get to do some work for the guild of celebrity make up Artists based in Johannesburg.

Business Trends: What are some of the highs and lows of working as a stylist in the local market?
Thabiso: As a stylist, you need to make contacts with PRs who will lend you clothes or even custom make garments for your client needs and it can be quite challenging as most local designers are not keen to lend their clothes. All styling jobs are pretty hard to secure. Doing make up, hair, fashion styling, prop styling for the fashion and entertainment industry is no easy task. Financially, it can be rewarding if you are focused. Life is full of suprises. You may have your heart set at being a fashion stylist or a TV make up artist, then after working on one project for several months or even days, you discover that the long hours and pay scale are not what you expected. In contrast, you may decide after working on a CD cover or a fashion sped that you like the fast pace and the styles for shooting print assignments is more suited to your creative abilities.

Business Trends: What kind of advice can you give to aspiring stylist?
Thabiso: For those of you out there trying to establish yourselves as stylists, start testing as soon as possible. That means doing “trial” shoots, where you work with a team who is looking to create their portfolio, and everyone works for free. Building a portfolio, getting experience, and making contacts are the first steps in a styling career. You also need to have a good eye, and that is something that cannot really be taught. The right attitude and consistency is key in this field. You are as good as your last gig.

Business Trends: Does being a celebrity stylist pay?
Thabiso: First of all one needs to be driven by passion. You must never chase money but work really hard until what you want pursues you. Yes you can make good money if you are focused and strategic.

Business Trends: Is styling industry growing in Botswana?
Thabiso: Yes it is now growing. More and more people are taking themselves seriously and government is also starting to recorgnise fashion and Art. We are getting there and I’d say we are getting there.  For it to grow even further we need people who are passionate about the art.

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OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE

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Minister Thapelo Olopeng

Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.

The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.

He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.

The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.

“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.

The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.

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WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER

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Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.

Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.

“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.

“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”

Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.

“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.

Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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