Instead of driving off in a sleek brand new Mercedes Benz like her predecessor, whoever scoops the grand prize as this year’s winner of the Miss Botswana crown, will be the instant owner of a one bed-roomed BHC flat in Gaborone. The Princess will, however, be chauffer driven around in a brand new top of the range Range Rover for all her official duties.
Addressing a conference at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on Tuesday, Bissau Gaobakwe of 73 Entertainment, the move came after sponsors realized that the value of the car used by the reigning Queen Sumaya Marope has already depreciated by over P70 000.
He said this is also a bid to change the mindset of Batswana, mostly the youth who don’t see the advantages of owning property first before investing in cars.
At the same event, Gaobakwe announced that the number of contestants has again been cut down to 14, adding that more might still go as contestants are judged continually based on their punctuality, discipline, as well as commitment to sporting activities, such as swimming.
He said these are some of the standards used to judge the Miss World contestants, where the winner would represent Botswana in 2011.