This year marks yet another instalment of the spectacular Wesbank Botswana International Air Show held in the usually sluggish Rasesa village. Scores of aviation enthusiasts converge at the Kgatleng village every year to marvel at the aerobatics as different pilots take to the skies to display their mesmerizing maneuvers and sequences with their aerodynes. The event also features maneuvers by helicopters. The show, which is used to showcase different types of aircrafts with experienced and skilled pilots, has become a calendar event for many local and regional families for half a decade now. With the 2015 event that coincided with the Khawa Dune Challenge still managing to boast an impressive turnout, the organizers have reason to be optimistic about a record attendance. “This is one of Botswana’s most anticipated annual events without a doubt because of its fantastic lineup of aircrafts and stunts for the adrenaline junkie and fun lover. In its three years the WesBank International Airshow has proven to be a hot pot of amazing sportsmanship, opportunities for attendees to make business connections and a great time for friends and family,” says WesBank Director, Justine Basiami.
Organizers promise another impressive lineup for the 2016 WesBank International Airshow.
“With at least 31 aerial displays and counting scheduled, final touches are underway for the event set to take place on May 28 2016 at Matsieng Aerodrome in Rasesa,” says a statement from the organizers. They say this year’s featured aircrafts will be from world renowned international brands including Mustang, Trojan, Good Year and more. Also lined up for the day will include Parachute Drops and helicopter performances, the statement says. “What’s also great about the WesBank International Airshow is that it provides Botswana opportunities for regional engagement since spectators and participants reside from both here at home and our neighboring nations. Closer to our hearts is the fact that our contribution goes towards charities who are committed to the business of changing lives for the better every day,” Basiami says. The Airshow is organised by the Matsieng Trust and sponsored by WesBank Botswana, a division of First National Bank of Botswana. Some of the proceeds from the WesBank Botswana International Airshow through the Matsieng Trust will be donated to four charity organisations namely; Lady Khama Charitable Trust, Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation, Motswedi Rehabilitation Centre, and Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind.