Botswana’s sole annual home show returns for the third time on the 14th of September. Home Expo ’07 will showcase service providers for existing and prospective homeowners from Friday to Sunday at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).
Amongst the expected 80 exhibitors, the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC), independent real estate agencies, property financiers and interior decorators will exhibit alongside home entertainment retailers, roofing suppliers and tile manufacturers. Home Expo ’07 organisers say this year’s exhibition (which showcases local business only) will only prove once more that local service providers are as competitive in price and quality as South African companies, where many local homemakers have sought services.
Home Expo main sponsor, Loads of Living, described in its website as a contemporary lifestyle store, has jointly coordinated the home show with local advertising agency, Marketing Communications, since 2005.
Cassim Desai, the managing director of Loads of Living, had this to say at the Home Expo press conference: “There is a following of fashion trends; this also includes home d├®cor trends. Batswana are getting better salaries and, therefore, affording better living, this makes following trends possible.”
And what better way to serve this whim than have all service providers under one roof, with sponsorship from Dulux and Barclays.
“We also will have free seminars, Nomsa Moyo of Sasa Interiors will advice the audience on home decorating,” Desai said.
Tracy Lee Lynch a South African artist, who is famous for stencils she designs for painted flat surfaces, will also conduct an interior decorating seminar.
The Home Expo ’07 organising team horns to attract punters who ‘want to settle’ as its premise is home ownership. Hence, the absence of car dealers.
“As tempting as it was to invite car dealers, there is a phenomenon of young people investing in cars rather than real estate property, we are only reinforcing our theme of promoting home ownership,” they said.
“In line with this aim, we have identified a family in Ramotswa for whom we will build a house. In the past, we have given out cheques to charity organisations but we have decided to align our selves with our objective.”
Home Expo ’07 will carry something for all members of the family, including a playground where young ones can frolic while their parents contemplate d├®cor. A beer garden will also be put up. Entry tickets cost P20 and P40 per day, the P40 ticket includes a free meal.
Another entertainment feature of this year’s Home Expo is dinner and an evening of music that appeals to a cross section of adults. Bongo Maffin, Tshepo Tshola, Lister Boleseng and Gabz FM Dj Osina are billed for the dinner that is scheduled for the evening of September 14.
And dinner tickets cost P390.