Saturday, December 3, 2022

‘Crystal Chats’ to be a monthly fixture

Come sunset and the stars come out to shine!

Our very own premium beer, St Louis Export, has launched its own celebration for these stars in their “40 under 40” promotion.

“To recognize Botswana’s change makers across all industries, St Louis Export also launched the ‘Top 40 under 40 crystal chats’ where a panel of nominees share their opinions and perspectives regarding matters affecting the youth of Botswana. The audience is then given an opportunity to share with the nominees.

At the first crystal chat there were players from the media, Information Technology and human rights activists.

First to take the podium was nominee Lillian Moremi whose claim to fame is being the first Motswana to set foot on the Antarctica. Moremi spoke passionately about nurturing leadership from a tender age and cited mentorship as a critical ingredient in raising children.

Human rights activist, lawyer and out-going BONELA Executive Director, Uyapo Ndadi, urged participants not to shy away from controversial issues because of the fear of attaining a certain label in society. Ndadi further stated that throughout his career, he has been labeled as an HIV Positive homosexual all because of the causes he believed in and has pursued.

Public Relations officer, and social media strategist, Lebogang Maruapula, emphasized the importance of utilization of social media in the shrinking global village. Also in the Information technology arena there was Itumeleng Garebatshabe, a self proclaimed “Hacker” who deals primarily with internet security and program development. Garebatshabe gave such a stellar presentation regarding the usage of Applications that he was immediately roped in by Kgalagadi Breweries to develop a mobi site to increase their visibility, to which he responded, “That’s the fastest money I have ever made.”

The order of the day was leadership to which Weekend Post Editor Aubrey Lute alluded that it is important for individuals to view themselves as leaders and desist from considering only those in position of power as leaders.

The general consensus of both the panelists and the audience was that instead of trying to practise western perceptions of leadership and mentorship, Batswana could instead modernize their own forms of mentorship which have always existed since the times of initiation ceremonies, ‘Bogwera and bojale,’ through which individuals were guided through a process, from childhood to adulthood.

These Chats will be held once every month and the next ones are scheduled for August 8th 2013 at a venue to be announced later.

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