The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) over the weekend held HIV/AIDS drama competitions at Maitisong Theatre.
The activity was spearheaded by BOTA with the purpose of promoting drama and its related skills in the country. The competitions also aimed at promoting behavioural change in the area of HIV/AIDS and other related social issues.
This year’s theme was “Young, Gifted and Inspired Youth against Multiple Concurrent Partners”, which is the same as the one for the Month of Youth against AIDS (MYAA) 2010.
The performing groups included Maranyane Institute with play title “Ga o di gadikile go dija”, Mega-Size College “Sephetso ga se sa sebi fela”, Mahalapye Brigade, with play title “Sotoma wa Bofelo and also Tswelelopele Brigade Centre, with play title “Ke wa ga mang”.
Welcoming the audience, BOTA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Josius Maluzo, said, “We expect to have a society that is educated and compassionate and hope these messages will impact positively on all of you and that we will share these messages with family and friends.”
Speaking at the event, Deputy Director, Department of Arts and Culture, Bashani Tjiyapo, mentioned that other initiatives are also in place under his Ministry and are intended to promote the important way of communication. “The theme is aimed at challenging young people to dream beyond their current life challenges and daily obstacles and, in so doing, make decisions that will shape their future in a positive way as well as to instill a sense of responsibility in them. The promotion of Drama in our country is not only limited to tonight’s competitions,” said Tjiyapo.
The best group won national tour around the country and it was scooped by Mega-Size Business College, with a trophy, medal to each and a certificate. Position two went to Maranyane Institute from Mochudi and, thirdly, Mahalapye Development Trust Brigades plus a certificate and medals to each member of each group.
The fourth position went to Tswelelopele Brigade from Ramotswa. Best supporting actor went to Innocent Motlhasedi from Mahalapye, taking home P2 500, while Onyana Sakarea got best supporting actress and P2 500.
Best Actor went to Bathusi Pule from Mega-size and Best Actress went to Kesego Kelemoge and a certificate of merit and P5 000 to each of them. The Best Director went to Kabelo Mfacane pocketing P5 000.
For his part Chief Adjudicator, Dan Mogami encouraged the competition spirits amongst performing artists.
“Winning is doing best that you can with your skills of acting. It is also important to use costumes and reality is the most important for the audience to relate easily,” said Mogami.
BOTA /Department of Arts and Culture competitions are an annual event that brings together young people in the Vocational training system and some who are out of school.