Gaborone International Conference Centre was the venue for this year’s Vision 2016 that will be remembered for a number of reasons, good and bad.
The nation is approaching its landmark of Vision 2016. Since 2003, it has been an annual event to celebrate the works of those who are adhering to ideas of what our country ought to be come 2016.
The theme for Vision 2016 for the next five years is ‘Living the vision ya me le wena’ and the awards gave praise to those who had adhered to the seven pillars of Vision 2016.
These include a prosperous, productive and innovative nation, an educated and informed nation, a moral and tolerant nation, a safe and secure nation, a compassionate just and caring nation, an open democratic and accountable nation and, finally, a united and proud nation.
There were, however, no nominations for the open democratic and accountable nation as it will be left to Batswana to voice their opinions on radio.
Whilst there were awards for the rest of the pillars, the overall award went to Mabese Multi Product group and Botswana Police Service of Palapye.
The biggest cheer, however, went to Amantle Montsho who took the ‘A United and Proud Nation’ award for event successes on the world’s athletics stage.
The British High Commissioner, who was amongst the distinguished guests, commended Botswana on the progress it has made over the years. She stated that it was important to keep believing and she used Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech to remind Batswana to keep on believing.
The night, though, will be remembered by some for its technical problems and for its hosts for the night, Thabiso Nasha and Oratile Kebakile, commonly known as Jazelle, who did not do her job well.
On one occasion, Jazelle, a renowned radio host, failed to translate into Setswana the message that was being read in English by Nasha. Her inability to translate accordingly resulted in her deciding to switch roles allowing Nasha to translate.
One wonders whether they rehearsed the awards at all and why Jazelle had to read from a card in her hand rather than from a teleprompter.
Nasha, however, seemed to have his queues ready and rehearsed.
The problems did not stop there as some of the winners were unfortunate to be victims of technical problems; the audio quality was poor and in one instance their interviews that were recorded prior to the show were skipped all together.
Although the night was filled with stellar performances, it was Helen and Eugene Jackson’s duet that stole the show.
Other performers included Steez and ATI amongst others. The night also included a poem by former Big Brother housemate, Kaone Ramontshonyana, who recited a poem in both English and Setswana, much to the delight of the audience.